Blue Zones author Dan Buettner on How to Live to 100 and Beyond

Dan Buettner (@BlueZones) is an internationally recognized speaker, researcher, explorer, National Geographic Fellow and multiple New York Times bestselling author.

In 2003, Buettner became interested in hotspots around the world with unusually high percentages of people living past 100. Collaborating with anthropologists, historians, dietitians, and geneticists, he identified five such regions and organized research trips to these destinations in an attempt to reverse engineer longevity.

His work was first published in 2008 by National Geographic in a fascinating book called The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from People Who Live the Longest, which details the diet and lifestyle habits of the healthiest, longest-living people groups on earth.

And many of these diet and lifestyle habits will surprise you, because they directly contradict the advice of many well known health and diet “experts” today.

If you want to live a long healthy life, I think it makes sense to learn from people who are consistently doing it. Don’t you?

And that’s why the books in The Blue Zones series are some of my favorite books on health and longevity.

Four years ago this week I published a blog post about Stamatis Moraitis, who healed his terminal lung cancer just by moving to a Blue Zone (Ikaria) and adopting their way of life!

I’ve been a fan of Dan for years and it was an absolute thrill to interview him. Special thanks to Dr John McDougall for connecting us.


Show Notes:
-Common practices of the longest living people around the world [4:30]
-Why Seventh Day Adventists live 10 years longer on average than most Americans [8:24]
-The cornerstone of every longevity diet in the world [14:32]
-Must haves if you want diet to contribute to your health [15:51]
-How people in Blue Zones are nudged into natural exercise [18:14]
-Which lifestyle practices get you the most “bang for your buck” [20:54]
-Dan’s favorite Blue Zones [24:10]
-General Rules and time honored traditions of the Blue Zone environment [25:55]

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Dan’s Awesome Books:
The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People (2015)
Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones way (2010)
The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer from People Who’ve Lived the Longest (2008)

Connect with Dan at and on twitter (@BlueZones)

Stamatis Moraitis healed his terminal lung cancer by moving to Blue Zone Ikaria. Read my post about him: The Island Where People Forget to Die: Curing Cancer with the Simple Life

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  1. Jackie

    Great interview! How interesting that there is no cow’s milk in the BZ….
    Someday I’ll go to Ikaria!!

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