“Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones,” directed by Clay Jeter, lives up to its title in every manner, giving us a four-part Netflix original documentary series that is unmatched by anything else. It revolves around author, educator, producer, and storyteller Dan Buettner, after all, as he delves into the areas where people typically live longer, happier lives in order to uncover the truth about their way of life. So, it should come as no surprise that Dan has been investigating this topic since he first worked with National Geographic in the aughts, but he is now conducting more independent study on his own.
Where is Live to 100 Filmed?
Despite the fact that there are only five main Blue Zones, six different countries were used for the ‘Live to 100’ filming: Japan, Italy, the United States, Greece, Costa Rica, and Singapore. It’s also important to remember that production began in early 2022, which means Dan provided us a full rundown of his work journey more than a year after he had actually visited these locations.
Known as the “Land of the Immortals,” the Okinawa prefecture is made up of around 150 islands and is home to the longest-living population in recorded human history, both male and female. We essentially just saw Yomitan town and Henza Island, but rumours have it that the entire area in the East China Sea between Taiwan and the Japanese mainland is incredibly diversified, with wide beaches, coral reefs, and a few haunting locations from World War II.
Sardina, the magnificent island in the Mediterranean Sea, provided a stunning backdrop for this trip to Italy, but the interior, naturally occurring, culturally significant region of Barbagia was the main attraction rather than the coastline. Given that the comune of Baunei, Nuoro Province, was specifically identified, the village where we encountered the majority of the elderly in the original Selvaggio Blu coastline hike was probably this one, which lasted several days.
The vitality, vivacity, and overall health of its predominantly Adventist population make the 1970-incorporated city of Loma Linda in San Bernardino County a true blue zone. According to reports, this location has reportedly been a hub for health research for many years, particularly because it encourages vegetarianism and food sensitivity. It has also been smoke-free since 1993.
Next is the Greek island of Ikaria (also known as Icaria) in the Aegean Sea. Situated just ten miles southwest of Samos, it is perhaps most known for its unique thermal conditions and for the mythology of Icarus. Additionally, “The Longevity Film” (2019), “In This Land Nobody Knew How to Cry” (2018), “Thalatta” (2017), “The Young Icarians” (2016), and “Ikarian Gangster” (2008) were filmed in this area.
Singapore is the biggest and busiest port in Southeast Asia, according to data, however despite its citizens’ hard work, their life expectancy is steadily improving because of its supportive environment. Put another way, they serve as basically concrete evidence that a person’s surroundings can have a significant impact on their health, which is why some people predict this city-state will eventually turn into another Blue Zone.