The Newest Blue Zone – The Greek Island of Ikaria

The Newest Blue Zone – The Greek Island of Ikaria

Many of you came to my last Dinner Talk where I talked about the first 4 designated Blue Zones; Loma Linda, Okinawa, Sardinia, and the Nicoya Region of Costa Rica.  Well Dan Buettner and his researchers have found another Blue Zone with some new additional insights into living a long healthy life.

The newest Blue Zone is Ikaria which is about 35 miles off the coast of Turkey.  More then  1/3 of the residents reach the age of 90, suffer 20% less cancer, half the rate of heart disease, and show no signs of dementia. Long living Ikarians fast religiously about 150 days a year, stay up late, and nap each day. They eat mostly leafy greens, potatoes, and beans. They have one distinct difference from other Zones in that they drink a tea multiple times a day from fresh picked herbs from their personal gardens.

All these herbs had one thing in common, they are natural diuretics – they make you pee! They help you flush out toxins and natural waste products from your body.  In addition and maybe more importantly diuretics lower blood pressure by working on the kidneys.  Some of the herbs are hard to find in the U.S.  The ones that you can find are dandelion, nettle, birch, wild mint, spleenwort, rosemary, and purple sage.  The last is green tea which is also high in catechins that can prevent cancer as a potent antioxidant. Just grab a handful and steep in near boiling water and drink up.

I am already planning to grow these in my garden this spring and summer.

Yours in a long and healthy life,


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