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Longevity Secrets and Legends from Around the World

We should learn from our elders, especially the healthy happy ones. All over the world there are cultures and individuals who live long, healthy lives. What longevity secret do they know? They all have different explanations. Read about them here and decide for yourself if they are lucky, genetically blessed or have found the lifestyles that lead to healthy, long life.

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Aging is something that everyone, on some level, wants to avoid. For eons, there have been rumors of “secrets” that can slow or even reverse aging. Are any of these rumors true? Should we look to ancient rituals and native peoples for the secrets of aging?

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The Okinawans – Japanese Longevity and Healthy Aging
The Okinawans live longer than anyone else in the world. Not only that, they live healthier, more youthful lives even in old age. What are they doing right? A combination of healthy eating, exercise and a positive outlook on life has them aging well and living long. Learn more about the Okinawans.

Buster Martin - 100 + and Running Marathons
Buster Martin is perhaps the world's oldest working man. Born in 1906, he is an anti-aging miracle. Still working and even training for a marathon, Buster Martin serves and an inspiration -- reminding us that aging doesn't have to be a steady decline.

Santa's Top Five Longevity Secrets
With the white beard and hair Santa may look old, but he doesn't seem to be getting any older from year to year. What are his secrets to longevity? How does the Jolly Old Elf keep up year to year? I managed to get Santa on the phone in a rare interview:

Jeanne Calment, World’s Longest Lived Person
Jeanne Calment, of France, is the world's longest lived person. She died in 1997 at the age of 122. The records supporting her age are excellent. Ms. Calment's longevity establishes the outer limit of the human life span - 122.

Hara Hachi Bu – Eat Until 80 Percent Full
Hara Hachi Bu is the Okinawan cultural practice of eating until only 80 percent full. This practice, along with living a healthy lifestyle, may explain why the Okinawans live longer than any other people on earth.

Blue Zones – Longevity Legends and Peoples
Blue zones are places on earth where the people live long and healthy lives. Modern Shangri Las, blue zones provide valuable clue to healthy aging and longevity. Often the claims in blue zones of extreme longevity or exaggerated, but the good health of the elderly in these places in undeniable.

Longevity Myths and Legends
Longevity myths and legends can be found in every culture at every time. People are fascinated with stories and tales of long life, immortality and eternal youth.

The Hunza Valley: The Original Shangri La?
The Hunza Valley, in Pakistan, is said to be a place that fosters long life. Legend has it that the Hunza people routinely live until 90 in good health, with many living as long as 120. Legend or not, the Hunza people do live healthy into old age. They eat a diet primarily of fruits, grains, and vegetables.

The Fountain of Youth: Myth or Fact?
The Fountain of Youth is a legendary spring which restores the youth of anyone who drinks from it. During the 1500s, there was romanticizing of this legend and some thought the Fountain was in what is now Florida.

Methuselah: The Oldest Person Ever?
The Book of Genesis states that Methuselah lived 969 years. Some people believe the claim literally while others explain it due to conversion errors and different ways of tracking time.

Shangri La: A Place of Health, Happiness and Long Life
Shangri La is a legendary place where people live long lives in health and happiness. In some form or other, we have been searching for Shangri La -- whether it is the healing desert of Arizona or Lourdes in France.

The Vilcambamba of Ecuador
Many of the inhabitants of the Vilcabamba, in the southern region of Ecuador, are reported to reach 100 and beyond in good health. Some people attribute this longevity to the natural mineral water. However, the claims of the Vilcabamba to have reached ages of 120 and beyond are probably exaggerated.

The Abkhasia: Russian Longevity Legends
During Soviet times, the Abkhasia were held up as the longest lived people on Earth. While claims were exaggerated, no one can deny that the Abkhasia lived into their 90s and beyond without any of the chronic illnesses that plague the West.

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