What can we learn from the blue zones?

Is there anything we can learn from the blue zones?

Everyone most probably knows by now that beyond any doubt genetics only determines 20% of how long an average person lives, the other 80% is fully dictated by lifestyle. So, what does this mean? Can finding the perfect diet and lifestyle improve health and longevity? How can we detect what the right diet is for us? Ever heard of the blue zones?

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Gabi Hacmon
Cheesecake versus Kale-Salad

Why is it so hard to stick to something? If you decide its really time start a new diet or a fitness schedule and your intention is you would like nothing more than to stick to it, over time you would find yourself just letting go of it with great pain, disappointment and shame. ‘What a failure, I am’, is probably a repeated phrase in the back of your mind. This seems to be the standard operating procedure. We often think it’s all about: willpower which can be obtained by self-discipline which means self-denial.

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Gabi Hacmon
Is sitting the new smoking?

Most of us find ourselves sitting many hours of the day, we have so many sitting activities: eating, driving, talking on the phone, working behind your computer, watching T.V., the list goes on. The amount of sitting just seems to be increasing over time? The lazier we get, the more we sit and vice versa. Adults supposing sit 56 to 86% of the time! That’s a lot.

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Gabi Hacmon
Don’t shoot the messenger

It all seems to be about hormones these days. Why is everyone talking about them? And why is balancing hormones so necessary? Well, without getting into too many details, here’s the deal: Hormones are the messengers in our bodies that communicate to our cells and tell them what to do. They push ‘buttons’ on or off. Hormones are produced everywhere in the body. (e.g. adrenals, thyroid, ovaries, testes, endocrine glands, pancreas even in the skin). 

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Gabi Hacmon
The missing link

“I do everything by the book. My nutrition is clean, I know what I should be eating.  I do sports 4 to 5 times a week. I spend quality time with my family. I’m doing everything right. But why is it that I’m not able to lose weight? And why am I having such a hard time falling asleep?

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Sylvia Faasse
To heal or not

When we speak of ‘disease’ we are actually referring to the diagnostic label a patient is given. ‘He has ‘rheumatoid arthritis’ or he has ‘diabetes type 1’. Conventional medicine has classified diseases along these lines and so we have specialists for each disease.

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Sylvia Faasse
If you want to take supplements take these…

When you take the decision to go for ‘it’ because you realize feeling vital and healthy is what matters and there’s absolutely no good reason to wait any longer, alongside a rainbow-colored diverse diet, here are the five nutrients I recommend to boost immunity and address some common nutrient deficiencies.

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Sylvia Faasse
The best diet ever…

I’ve always been fascinated by the following concept that so many people struggle with finding the right diet, whether it’s for health, weight-loss or any other reason.

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Sylvia Faasse
Are we talking about science or religion?

It is really so strange to me that so often homeopathy is rejected due to a lack of scientific evidence. It also did not take me long to understand that homeopathy in comparison to conventional medicine, has on therapeutic grounds the same difference that quantum physics has to Newtonian (classical) physics.

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Sylvia Faasse