By Dr. Krystosik

The Danish Twin Study established less than 25% of our health and lifespan are driven by our genetics, 75% is driven by our lifestyle. This study led National
Geographic to discover people living in the “BLUE ZONES.” These five regions scattered worldwide not only have a dramaticlly less incidence of chronic disease, they also have 10x more centenarians (100+ years old) than the U.S population.

Welcome back to my series on the “BLUE ZONES.” This week I’ll be focusing on the second of the 9 Secrets of the “BLUE ZONES” health and longevity. PURPOSE.
Yes, diet plays a big role in their good health, (and I’ll get to that later in this series) but it’s not the sole reason for their incredible health, vitality and long life.
One of the principles that contributes to the health and longevity of the people living in the “BLUE ZONES” is their life’s purpose. Considering their extraordinary health, wouldn’t it make good sense to follow their lead? If so, why do you get out of bed in the morning? What is your purpose—the central motivating aim in your life? Purpose is unique to everyone. Some people seek purpose through vocation or meaningful work, others through spirituality or family and friends. Your purpose can shift and change in life according to your priorities and fluctuating good and bad experiences. It’s the spiral of life we go in and out of for our growth and maturation. Some experiences knock us off our purpose. When this happens, instead of asking why is this happening to me, ask yourself why is this happening for me? This mindset can be the fuel to propel your purpose onward and upward.

Finally, your purpose is your contribution to life and the world you live while all along adding years to your life in good health. True purpose is found in recognizing your gifts, lighting a fire under your passion, and staying true to your values.

See the previous articles in this series here.

Dr. Krystosik is a board-certified chiropractic physician and holds an undergraduate degree in clinical nutrition. He is northeast Ohio’s leading expert in functional medicine. Dr. Krystsosik is the author of 5 books on nutrition and natural medicine and is a nationally known speaker. For an appointment with Dr. Krystosik in his Northfield office,
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