Nicoya is a warm climate peninsula located in the province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica.
This small country in Central America, where a growing number of its inhabitants reach extreme longevity.
This peninsula has been declared Blue Zone in the Dan Buettner’s research work and National Geographic in 2008. The Nicoyans are now happy that they can enjoy a long and healthy life with their families and friends just by the fact of living there. It has been discovered that people in the area can go over 100 years old in good shape by living the Nicoyan way.
The 5 Blue Zones in the world are Nicoya, Costa Rica; Okinawa, Japon; Ikaria, Grecia; Loma Linda, California and the Barbagia region in Sardinia, East Coast of Italy.
Buettner and other scientists discovered nine specific traits in shared in common in Nicoya and in the other areas.
Follow these tips and you may live long enough to meet your great-grandchildren:
1. Reason to live
Nicoyans have a strong commitment and purpose for their family and community. This helps them build a positive attitude towards life and lead an active lifestyle.
2. Family Focus
They traditionally live with or near their beloved ones; children and grandchildren provide them with support and sense of belonging.
3. Social networks
Nicoya people are fond of dropping by their friends and neighbors very often. They know who to listen, laugh and appreciate what life has given them.
4. Hard Work
The elderly in Nicoya have a strong ethical sense for work, and this keeps them active and healthy.
They surely stay physically active, mostly in the outdoors, as a normal everyday routine. Walking, biking, gardening, animal feeding, cooking, home improvement, you name it.
6. Healthy Eating
Nicoyans eat almost no processed foods; but instead, they have a diet based on organic products such as beans, corn, vegetables and tropical fruits that are full of anti-oxidants; and they rarely eat meat during the week. They have a main meal in the morning and a light dinner in the evening. And of course, smoking is not on the menu—Blue Zones are free of cigarettes as a common trait.
7. Purified Water
They drink water that is rich in minerals. The water in the Nicoya Peninsula has higher levels of calcium and magnesium. This might explain the low rates in heart conditions and strong bones.
8. Sun Bathing
They enjoy the sun a lot which helps them produce vitamin D for better skeletal systems and better body conditions.
9. Have Faith
There is a strong belief in God in Nicoya and their rituals of faith help them reduce stress and anxiety which provides peace in their lives.
Check out how Nicoyans live in this video below:
Author Bio: Jose Soto Morera is an English Teacher in Costa Rica. He has a passion for teaching, music, animals, health and spiritual development. He loves the coffee of his country and the good company of his friends. He is also a writer in the monthly issue of the academic department in which he loves to write about topics that can improve people’s lives.