What are the Blue Zones?

Parts of the world where people live the longest; where it has been demographically confirmed and geographically defined as places where there are impressive rates of people reaching 100 years. Areas where they have the highest life expectancy,and have the lowest mortality rate among people of middle age.

Why is the Peninsula of Nicoya-Costa Rica a Blue Zone?

Nicoya stands out as a Blue Zone because of its close-knit community, traditions, nutritious diet and sense of purpose - life plan - of its population.

The Nicoya Peninsula is located on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, and its climate allows Nicoyans to get plenty of sunshine. Regular sun exposure helps their bodies produce vitamin D for strong bones and healthy body function.

Centenarians here seem to have enjoyed physical work all their lives. They find joy in everyday physical chores, and this likely plays a key role in the region’s longevity. In addition to physical work, Nicoyans eat fewer calories, which appears to be one of the surest ways to add years to life.

What makes Blue Zone Nicoya products stand out from the rest of the market?

Our brand is characterized for being 100% natural products. Free of added sugar. No artificial colors or flavors. Gluten-free. High level of natural fiber. Made with fresh ingredients. In addition, Blue Zone Nicoya generates linkages with small farmers in the area and it is a source of work in Nicoya, Guanacaste.

How can I get involved with Blue Zone Nicoya’s social responsibility projects?

Write to our email: info@bluezoneguanacaste.com, to help the Nicoya Peninsula and its environment.

What are the benefits of consuming Blue Zone Nicoya products?

When consuming Blue Zone products, you’re not only benefiting your health with 100% natural foods, but you are also promoting the values, culture and traditions of this population and its centenarians.

All of Nicoya Blue Zone products are free of preservatives, added sugars, dyes and trans fats. They are perfect for those who seek to improve their lifestyle with a balanced and natural diet.

What life habits do the inhabitants of every Blue Zone have in common?

  1. They keep moving! Blue Zone people incorporate physical activity in their everyday routine, whether that is walking to and from work, gardening, or biking as their transportation method.
  2. Eat your greens! Their diet is mostly plant-based consisting of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and nuts. However, they still eat animal proteins but only a few times a month.
  3. “Hara Hachi Bu” is the Okinawan Confucian mantra which means “eat until you’re 80% full,” this helps because it allows the stomach to perform the digestion process quicker and more efficient.
  4. Don’t be so stressed, Blue Zone people tend to mitigate anxiety by having rituals like naps, praying, meditating and even happy hour.
  5. The author of Blue Zones, Dan Buettner suggests that people who have a sense of purpose gain up to seven years of extra life expectancy. In Nicoya we call it “plan de vida.”
  6. Social circles provide kinship which result in healthy emotional behaviors and sense of camaraderie.
  7. Faith is incredibly important in centenarians’ life, spirituality helps control anxiety and enhances peaceful mind set.
  8. Family first! Being in a committed relationship can add up to six years of life expectancy. Blue Zone families tend to keep a close-knit circle with their parents and grandparents, the lifestyle values old age.