A new docuseries on Netflix has left viewers vowing to overhaul their lifestyles after binge-watching the episodes.
Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones was released on August 30 on the streaming giant, with its explorations motivating many fans to start making better food choices, exercising more and exploring nature to aid in living a long, healthy life.
The limited series – consisting of four 30-45 minute episodes – is presented by author Dan Buettner, who discovers five unique communities where people live extraordinarily long and vibrant lives.
All episodes are currently available to watch on Netflix in the UK, with Buettner travelling to Okinawa, Japan in the first episode – where the island’s oldest residents share a ‘serene way of life motivated by a sense of purpose.’
The author – who once circled the globe on his bicycle, earning three Guinness Book of World Records – then visits Sardinia, California and Singapore to explore what has contributed to these communities’ remarkable lifespans.
New Netflix docuseries ‘Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones’ discovers five unique communities where people live extraordinarily long and vibrant lives
People in two contrasting Blue Zones – the Greek island Ikaria and Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula – thrive thanks to their traditions and unique ideas.
A ‘Blue Zone’ is a term coined by National Geographic explorer Buettner in describing places around the world where people live longer than average – seemingly without supplements, strict diets or rigorous exercise.
According to the Blue Zones website, the organisation’s ‘mission’ is to empower individuals to want to live better and longer through studies into the world’s longest-lived cultures.
Buettner believes a plant-based diet can leader to a healthier, longer life and natural movement or light exercise throughout the day can contribute to longevity.
Meanwhile, the author also attests maintaining healthy relationships with family, friends and people of faith can extend lifespans, and a strong sense of purpose in life leads to longevity.
Motivated fans of the series expressed their thoughts on Twitter over recent days after binging on all four episodes since its release.
One user wrote: ‘The best thing to watch on Netflix is Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zone. We need more storytellers like Dan Buettner.’
Another person said: ‘Well, now I’m inspired after watching that documentary on Netflix Live to 100.’
Age: A ‘Blue Zone’ is a term coined by National Geographic explorer Buettner – who presents the Netflix series – in describing places around the world where people live longer
Family: The author attests that maintaining healthy relationships with family, friends and people of faith can extend lifespans
Life: Buettner shows in the series how a plant-based diet can leader to a healthier, longer life and how natural movement or light exercise throughout the day can contribute to longevity
Insight: Buettner visits Japan, Sardinia, California and Singapore and Costa Rica in the docuseries to explore what has contributed to these communities’ remarkable lifespans
A fellow user agreed, writing: ‘Live to 100 on Netflix… one of the most inspiring TV shows I’ve watched.’
Another viewer described the series as making them feel ‘inspired, emotional and happy’ while watching.
Some people thought the series was incredibly thought-provoking, with one user declaring: ‘Incredible doc on what makes a healthy community.
‘Also makes me so frustrated about how our built environment is making us sick and lonely.’
Another fan typed: ‘Watching Live to 100 has me inspired! Move your body daily, eat well, connect with your peers and believe in the positive outlook of the world!’
Motivated: Fans of the series expressed their thoughts on Twitter after watching all four episodes since its release – with some already making healthier lifestyle choices
A final Twitter user was so convinced by the show’s alternative lifestyle choices that they uploaded a photo of their new approach to cooking – presenting a hearty bowl of homemade soup packed with sweet potato, garlic, tomato and kale.
They wrote: ‘I was watching “Live to 100” on Netflix. It will definitely make you want to eat healthier if you watch it! I made this healthy soup today and it turned out good!
‘There’s a lot of sodium in the vegetable broth so I added 2 cups of water to it.’
Here’s everything you need to know about the ‘Blue Zones’ diet – and why the science-based eating will make you slim AND lead to a longer life.
Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones is now available to stream on Netflix UK.