There are some countries that have the healthiest, longest living people in the world. But why is this and what are they doing to achieve this state? We will delve into their lives to see what they are doing right, and what we are doing wrong.
The Scandinavian countries are all well represented at the top of the list. Iceland for example, boasting a very small population of people, is also one of the least polluted countries in the world. It’s not just the clean air though; these people also attend the gym regularly, often exercising in their great and rather cold outdoors. Sweden too boasts a good healthy lifestyle. Arguably, part of this is due to their usage of snus rather than smoking tobacco. Instead of breathing in toxic fumes, the Swedes are able to get their tobacco intake directly through the skin leaving those lungs healthy and pollutant free. This is a product that is also sold in the US, through sites like SnusDirect.
There are other aspects too such as using a balanced work and social life, and, like the Japanese, they eat a diet high in omega fatty acids. Japan places a high mark on the healthiest people list too. This however is primarily due to diet. With lots of fish, soy and seaweed in their diet they are eating a low fat meal most of the time. In addition, they drink a lot of green tea, which is good for the digestion, and they even wait when they are almost full before continuing to eat. Okinawa, in particular, is home to a large number of people making it past the century mark, much of this is down to a stress free life.
At the end of the day, a combination of an active outdoors lifestyle and a good well-rounded diet, seems to be doing the trick. Prioritise in these areas and you could be well on your way to a healthy improvement in your life.