Healthy living, The Best Places on Earth To Live & Why
Healthy living, The Best Places on Earth To Live & Why
A familiar belief people have concerning living a long healthy life is that it is hereditary if your ancestors have good genes, then you do too; therefore, you won't fall sick all the time. Nothing can be further from the truth. Yes, your genes matter but scientists have been trying to tell us for years that other factors are three times more important than your genes. According to scientists, these factors matter more than genes;
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Some countries practise all these and the results are impressive. Here are some of the highest-ranking healthy countries in the world.
The Japanese people are known for eating a lot of fish, their diet is basically made up of different types of fish meals. They also eat soy, seaweed and drink green tea. They're light eaters and would pause for up to 10 minutes when eating to decide whether they can continue eating or not. That's why they have the lowest obesity rate in the world, which also means a low rate of cardiovascular diseases.
Okinawa is a place in japan that is known to have the highest centenarians rate in the world. People eat fresh vegetables and fruits, they also eat seaweed just like the rest of Japan and they eat tofu in large quantities.
Once you visit Okinawa, you don't need to be told that they consciously take care of their environment. The greenery is everywhere and it's beautiful to see and breathe in - yes, the air is smooth and clear.
All thought Japan is known for advanced tech, many Japanese people,and particularly those who live on the main island of Okinawa enjoy daily physical activities.
Costa Rica is generally a nation of people who live healthy lifestyles. They eat well, engage in physical activities, and consciously take care of their environment. They are aware of their carbon footprints and they ensure that it is low by doing a lot of walking to avoid burning fume into the air. They also actively plant trees, the government organises a regular tree planting event.
Costa Rica is also home to the Nicoya Peninsula, which is considered a "blue zone"- a place where the longest living people live in. Nicoya is an exceptionally sunny and dry place, and the people spend a lot of time outside with the sun shining down on them. This exposes them to vitamin D. The people follow a diet lifestyle of the Chorotega, a traditional group of people who eat fortified corn and beans which are rich in fibre. Their water contains calcium, which strengthens their bones.
People associate Iceland with ice, winter and cold because of its name. However, Icelanders get both long winter seasons and long summer seasons. The people are used to a life of physical activities, and it doesn't matter what weather season it is. They engage in a lot of physical and outdoor activities such as skiing, horse riding, bike racing, fishing, etc.
Icelanders eat a healthy diet that consists mainly of free-range meat, seafood, and skyr, a type of dairy product that looks like yogurt.
The people of Iceland live a long full life, with male life expectancy reaching 80.9 years and women reaching 82.4 years. The country also has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world. Natural hot springs may also be contributing to their long life expectancy because the hot springs are said to lower stress levels.
The government of Iceland also ensures that Icelanders live well by giving them paid maternity leave, boosting their healthcare and promoting an Eco-friendly relationship with their environment. We can see the results of their Eco-friendly activities in their fresh air and clean water.
New Zealand is a country of big space, a small population and the ocean. The ocean can be seen everywhere in the country. The big land and low population factors allow people to grow their own food. As a result, their diet consists of fresh vegetables and fruits as well as fresh seafood; they catch their own fish too.
The people enjoy all-year outdoor activities which they do anytime in the day - overnight hiking is a thing in New Zealand. Swimming is also largely practised in the country as well as fishing - there's no escaping the ocean. Outdoor activities are like a part of their culture, the people are always walking and doing things. You would too if you lived in the beautiful scenery of New Zealand where the air is unpolluted. Their government also encourages their healthy lifestyle by making healthcare almost free.
Sweden is perhaps the only country in the world that gives the longest holidays. The Swedish government gives a minimum of five weeks holiday, unending sick leaves, and paid parental leave that lasts for 480 days. That's not all, the government also funds healthcare and covers schooling costs. Having long holidays is not the only reason why they have low-stress levels and live healthily.
The Swedish people have a culture of engaging in numerous outdoor activities, there are mountains, hills, lakes and lots more in Sweden to encourage their outdoor activities. Some of the activities they do are walking, running, skiing, kayaking, ice skating, hockey-playing, and picnicking. Yes, picnicking is a" sport" in Sweden.
The people eat a healthy diet that consists of fish which gives them abundant omega fatty acids. They also use healthy cooking methods such as fermenting, poaching and smoking instead of frying
All of the countries we mentioned in this article are known for engaging in outdoor activities, and it doesn't have to be energetic activities such as rugby. Simply living a lifestyle of walking daily is enough to make the country home of generally healthy people. Having a habit of eating fresh vegetables, fruits and seafood is also an essential factor.
Additionally, the people from the five countries in this article maintain a positive outlook on life. That's why they're able to relate well with each other and engage in outdoor activities together. They also have a low crime rate.
Lastly, each country mentioned in the article maintains and encourages its citizens to have a good relationship with the environment. For instance, besides regularly planting trees, Costa Ricans would rather walk than drive around in cars. Also, the centenarians in Okinawa would rather do things manually with their hands than use technology. All these contribute to their healthy lifestyle and long life expectancy.