• Living La Pura Vida in Costa Rica

    by Dr. Susan Sklar
    on Dec 30th, 2015

I am here with my family, spending time together in nature.  So far we have hiked to a waterfall, walked in beautiful lagoons and spent time looking at fantastic sunrises and sunsets.

The food is an important part of Pura Vida.  There are no GMO foods in Costa Rica. The food is grown organically and locally. This means that watermelon, papaya,  pineapple and other fruits are sweet, fresh and delicious. I know they’re full of healthy antioxidants. The fish is fresh caught in the ocean close by to where we’ve been staying. Usually it’s prepared and eaten within hours of being caught.

One area in Costa Rica called the Nicoya Peninsula is one of the five Blue Zones in the world. The Blue Zones project came about as a result of a National Geographic investigation into longevity. These are areas in the world where people live healthy to age 100 at 10 times the rate of  anywhere else in the world.  You can see why the Nicoya Peninsula is a Blue Zone. There’s fresh, unspoiled air and water. There is a low use of chemicals and pesticides. The way of life is very physically active.  There are strong family and community connections and strong social ties through faith based activities.  


The challenge is living Pura Vida back home.  We will begin the New Year by learning about toxins and how to live cleaner.  Our January event focuses on toxins and their health effects.  We will discuss how to eliminate toxic exposure and  live  healthier lives.

Author Dr. Susan Sklar

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