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7 Countries With the Healthiest People

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7 Countries With the Healthiest People

By Sara Novak, Planet Green

They live well into their nineties and often times up break the hundred year mark. Their existence is healthy but the underlying reasons are often cultural. In fact, itís not just that individuals take care of themselves; itís a country-wide phenomenon thatís based on lifestyle choices.

Why are certain countries home to the worldís happiest, healthiest people on Earth? What do they eat? What daily habits are different from other societies?

I set out to answer these questions and along the way I found some striking similarities between these fit nations, spread far and wide across the globe.

1. Iceland

Due to a smaller population, Iceland is one of the least polluted countries in the world. But clean air isnít the only reason why Icelanders are so healthy; they also like to hit the gym. Due to chilly weather much of the year, Icelanders workout in order to beat the winter blues. The country enjoys one of the highest life expectancies (72 for men and 74 for women). It also has one of the lowest infant mortality rates at 2 deaths per 1,000 babies. Forbes Magazine ranked it the healthiest country in the world.

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8:25AM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

saying it is about eating less meat is just plain biased and not true. In countries like iceland and finland they eat tons of meat, like reindeer, shark, sheep, and yes fish. Pretty sure new zealand is famous for lamb.

6:25AM PDT on Apr 20, 2014

The reason why these populations are especially healthy is because of the daily consumption of fish, but not because of their protein content. Rather, the fish are also the only dietary source of vitamin D. Most of the ailments reducing population health globally are caused by vitamin D deficiency.

Check out my website (http://www.leonardogreenfield.com/) for a full explanation of vitamin D deficiency and its effects on human health

6:25AM PDT on Apr 20, 2014

The reason why these populations are especially healthy is because of the daily consumption of fish, but not because of their protein content. Rather, the fish are also the only dietary source of vitamin D. Most of the ailments reducing population health globally are caused by vitamin D deficiency.

Check out my website (http://www.leonardogreenfield.com/) for a full explanation of vitamin D deficiency and its effects on human health

6:25AM PDT on Apr 20, 2014

The reason why these populations are especially healthy is because of the daily consumption of fish, but not because of their protein content. Rather, the fish are also the only dietary source of vitamin D. Most of the ailments reducing population health globally are caused by vitamin D deficiency.

Check out my website (http://www.leonardogreenfield.com/) for a full explanation of vitamin D deficiency and its effects on human health

6:25AM PDT on Apr 20, 2014

The reason why these populations are especially healthy is because of the daily consumption of fish, but not because of their protein content. Rather, the fish are also the only dietary source of vitamin D. Most of the ailments reducing population health globally are caused by vitamin D deficiency.

Check out my website (http://www.leonardogreenfield.com/) for a full explanation of vitamin D deficiency and its effects on human health

2:11PM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

Thank you!

11:36AM PST on Dec 18, 2013

I love reading about other places where people seem to be the happiest and healthiest. Maybe one day - I can only dream - Oklahoma (fat chance!:)) will join the list.

8:24PM PST on Nov 10, 2013

Thanks for posting this

12:40PM PDT on Sep 23, 2013

Thanks.

5:54AM PDT on Sep 23, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

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