Leading a long life happy and healthy sounds like a dream! And it’s all possible if you know the right spots to settle in. Enter blue zones, the five locations in the world which are home to some of the healthiest communities. Let’s check out these incredible areas and their secret to a longer lifespan for the residents.
Sardinia became the first-ever identified blue zone in 2004. As per the Blue Zones website, a rare genetic quirk was found here being carried by the larger part of the inhabitants that links to the overall long life of the population. But, the other secret key to this longevity is the active and healthy lifestyle of the residents. According to the website, Sardinian people still continue to fish, hunt, and harvest most of the food locally. They take a largely heart-friendly diet of whole-grain bread, garden vegetables, beans, fruits, and mastic oil.
As the Blue Zones Website notes, residents of Okinawa are surprisingly fortunate to have a long life with extremely low rates of heart diseases, dementia, and cancers. More astonishingly, this longevity can be attributed to the strong social ties of the community, giving the people a deep sense of purpose. The website reports that the purpose-imbued lifestyle gives the residents clear roles of responsibility and the innate feelings of being needed, even into their 100s! Also, the inhabitants there mostly favor a plant-based diet, which only adds to their life span.
Nicoya, Costa Rica
With a lifestyle mantra of Pura Vida or pure life, the people of Costa Rica enjoy a happy and long life. With a common belief that everyone should adapt over time, they never lose the lust for living life to the fullest and get rewarded with a few extra healthy years in return, especially in Nicoya. The sense of existential purpose, strong familial bonds, and a healthy diet are also prevalent here. The Nicoyans usually take fewer calories and eat a light early dinner. Also, the centenaries mostly depend on a traditional Mesoamerican diet highlighted with corn, beans, and squash.
The Greek island of Ikaria is home to a healthy bunch of barely 10,000 inhabitants. According to the website, the entire population is nearly free of chronic diseases and dementia. Not to mention, almost one in three residents live well into their 90s. The secret here is the healthy diet, mundane activity levels, and socio-centric culture! The Ikarian community enjoys a clock-ignoring relaxed pace of life. Additionally, the warm breezes, clean air, and rugged terrain of the island draw the people outdoors into an active lifestyle.
Loma Linda, California
Though the region of Southern California offers a generally pleasant environment, Loma Linda seemingly gets it better than most. As the website notes, people in Loma Linda live almost a decade longer than any average person, thanks to their love for exercise and strict vegetarian diets. Their passion for helping others is also a factor here. The tight-knit community of the area stays active, practices finding a sense of purpose together, and most importantly, staves off depression by focusing on helping others.
Whether they’re a diva or just a bad actor, these are the people Hollywood no longer wants to cast.
Catherine Zeta Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones is regarded as a prolific actress in Hollywood. She’s an Oscar winner and has multiple talents, like dancing and singing. However, since the actress came out about her struggle with bipolar disorder, Hollywood producers have quietly shunned her. The actress admits that there is a stigma towards mental illness in Hollywood and that roles for older women are few and far between. Either way, her career achievements are still very impressive and her fans will always love her!
Katherine Heigl is probably best-known for her Emmy Award-winning performance on the hit TV series, Grey’s Anatomy. However, the star is known to be highly demanding before taking a role and can be even worse on set. She has a reputation for knocking films after acting in them which burns bridges and she repeatedly chooses films poorly. Producers have chosen to give her fewer roles because she earns them too little money in relation to every dollar she’s paid, and asks for too much!
Jennifer Aniston is one of the most famous alumni of the Friends series. Her fans are die-hard and her romances are always front-page news. However, in recent years, her acting career has slowed down in terms of her lead roles and there’s a number of reasons for this. The main one is that producers often claim that she’s both wonderful and a challenge to work with. She can be quite a diva and very, very demanding on set, causing producers to think twice before casting her.
John Cusack really made a name for himself during the ’80s and ’90s by starring in a number of popular films. The actor’s iconic look and acting style quickly gave him a unique position in Hollywood that few could imitate. Cusack played roles in a number of genres including action films, dramas, rom-coms, and even surreal films. However, in recent years, the actor has found himself in more and more low-budget films that have not been successful, decreasing demand for him in bigger movies.
Madonna is one of the most famous pop stars in modern history. Besides being a hugely talented singer and dancer, the star also moved audiences in Evita. However, many who have worked with Madonna in the film industry claim that she’s difficult to work with because she doesn’t take cues from her directors – even when they intend to help her. This means that a lot of creative conflicts can arise on set. Maybe it’s best to stick to being a pop star then?
Chevy Chase is well-known for being someone who’s hard to work with. Many believe that his reputation as a difficult person is why his acting career has dried up in recent years, and in truth – that may well be the case. The star got his break on SNL where he reportedly got into trouble a lot. During one backstage encounter with comedian Cheri Oteri, he wound up slapping her – which angered Will Farrel! Maybe this is just karma at play?
Mel Gibson is well-known for his roles in action films such as Lethal Weapon and Mad Max, to name a few. But unfortunately, the actor is also well-known for his racist and anti-semitic outbursts off and on set. While being a diva on set is something that most producers are willing to deal with in small amounts, having angry rants and violent outbursts are another things altogether. Being too hot to handle has driven producers and directors away from hiring him these days.
While Cameron Diaz remains a Hollywood favorite, her roles in movies have dried up in recent years. The reason for this is largely a mixture of having made poor film choices in the past as well as spending a lot of time trying to mend the issues with her rockstar husband, Benji Madden. However, many producers have still expressed a desire to work with her, so all she really has to do is say she wants to start acting again. We hope you get back on screen soon, Cameron!
Brendan Fraser made a name for himself with his performances in George Of The Jungle and The Mummy. However, over time, he made a number of strange decisions when it came to choosing roles, many of which have been abnormal, to say the least. Films like Furry Vengeance and Extraordinary Measures were a disappointment to fans and producers alike. Many fear that he costs more than he generates for a film, making him too risky for producers to bet on.
Drew Barrymore was everyone’s sweetheart in the ’90s and practically grew up in the spotlight. Audiences and producers alike really loved her and were drawn to her performances. She became one of the most recognizable faces of the era because of it. In recent years though, her marriage to actor Will Kopelman which recently ended in divorce has taken up most of her time. She made a decision to step out of the limelight in order to be a better role model for her children.
When Val Kilmer took on the role of Jim Morrison in The Doors, he became an instant icon and was, for a moment in time, just as popular as the singer himself. He went on to star in some pretty big movies like Batman Forever, Top Gun, and Heat and simply disappeared off the face of the earth! Well not, quite, but he stopped getting big roles when it turned out that he had anger management issues and was difficult to work with on set.
Josh Duhamel is regarded as a pretty good actor and has proven his capability by acting in everything from action films to rom-coms. However, it seems that the actor also has a chip on his shoulder about the success of his pop star wife, Fergie. Apparently, the actor is known to have a serious jealous streak and can be controlling towards his wife when he thinks no one is looking. People have also said that he can be aggressive – not cool when the cameras aren’t rolling.
If you’ve ever watched one of Eddie Murphy’s stand up shows, you’ll know why he became so successful. While the comedian/actor has found a great deal of success in Hollywood, his stand-up performances are where he really lets loose – but have been cited as being heavily homophobic, maybe why Hollywood no longer likes him. In the past few years, Murphy has put movies on the back burner while dealing with a heated lawsuit over the paternity of a child with Scary Spice.
Michael Cera became the comedic heart-throb poster-boy for the modern indie movement. Films like Juno and Superbad solidified the actor as an all-around funny guy with a witty sense of humor. However, these days all it takes is one box-office flop for your career to be put on ice, and when Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist wound up doing badly at the box office, Cera started getting fewer roles. Hard luck for a good actor!
Lindsay Lohan’s acting career has ground to a halt as her history with substance abuse had a really negative effect on her overall life. Besides having to deal with all the bad press, Lohan’s performances and acting ability began to suffer. She has been known as a pain to work with because she was frequently late on set and when she did arrive, would often forget her lines. Since then, producers have decided not to work with her, citing that it’s not worth the trouble.
Jennifer Lopez is well-known for her talented performances as a singer and dancer. However, as is popular for many music stars, she was offered a few roles in the film industry as well. Needless to say, her career in feature-length films didn’t last very long because J. Lo is rumored to be quite a diva on set. She won’t show up on set unless a long list of demands that she offers is met beforehand. I guess people just don’t have time for snobbish behavior!
Sean William Scott
As we mentioned earlier, in Hollywood, you’re only ever as good as your last performance. Sean William Scott is known for his roles in films like American Pie and Dude, Where’s My Car? Unfortunately, though, many of his films have received bad ratings on sites like Rotten Tomatoes, which has led to a downsizing of his credit list. Thankfully though, he had a recurring role in the hit movie series Ice Age which has sustained his career until today.
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is known for his roles in films like Jerry Macguire and Men of Honour. In the ’90s and early 2000s, he was a pretty hot actor and lead roles came his way pretty easily. However, over the past few years, it’s become difficult to think of a successful film that we can imagine the actor in. While this might not be his fault, fading away in Hollywood is an all-too-serious reality if you don’t keep up the amazing work.
Russell Crowe is best known for his role in the blockbuster film Gladiator, which solidified the actor as a mainline name. However, the actor is cited as having been really rude on the set of the film and many believe he let his ego get the better of him. As an example of what we mean, Crowe was quoted as saying: “It was ****, but I’m the greatest actor in the world and I can make even **** sound good.” A bit too far we would say…
Being part of Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller’s comedy crew has meant that Vince Vaughn got a chance to headline a few hit movies in his career. This helped the actor establish himself as a household name in the comedy aisle. However, over time, demand for him has lessened as his films have aged. This is mainly because critics view him as a one-dimensional actor, who always plays the same type of character. Try spicing things up a bit Vince!
John Travolta is a living legend in the world of Hollywood. Nearly every film he’s starred in has either been a box office success or has become an instant classic among fans and critics alike. However, he has also had a few duds in the film world, which has led producers to tread lightly when it comes to casting him. They feel like he’s too big a chance, as his films are either a massive success or a drastic failure. Consistency is key!
Jessica Biel started her acting career in the television drama 7th Heaven, which was both key to her success and her biggest burden. When she decided to enter into the film industry, she managed to land a few 2nd lead roles in films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Powder Blue. However, she lost out on a lot of roles because producers felt that she wasn’t a strong enough actress. Maybe some time on the stage will prove her abilities?
Kristen Stewart is one of the most well-known cases of cast-typing in recent times and simply could not get past her role in the Twilight series. While the series earned her international fame and made her a household name, it also became the film that audiences would identify her with perhaps a bit too well. This, and her alleged affair with director Rupert Sanders, led producers to think twice about casting her in their films, and we don’t blame them.
Cote de Pablo
Cote de Pablo is best known for her role as Ziva David in the long-running TV series NCIS. Up until recently, the actress had been on the set of the show for just over 8 years – but recently decided to step down. She claimed that she was disappointed with the script and how it would end for her character and also cited political reasons for leaving the set. Since then she has been focussing on raising her child, which has become a priority over acting at the moment.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar slays – or at least she used to. Brought to fame for her role in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, it looked like she was on a roll from the late 90’s. Though she had some string of success on the big screen with steamy film Cruel Intentions as well as horror films like I Know What You Did Last Summer. Unfortunately the following years we would eventually see less and less of the star. The fact of the matter is movies as well as TV shows staring Gellar just aren’t making much. In addition to her notoriously low profile private life, she’s delved into the life of entrepreneurship and launched a cooking and lifestyle brand.