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7 Countries With the Healthiest People

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5. New Zealand

Similar to Iceland, a lower population and lack of pollution make New Zealand a great place to call home. New Zealanders love outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and fishing. All and all it’s just an easier place to embrace a fit lifestyle. No matter where you live you’re not but a 90 minute drive from the ocean.

“Plus there’s an abundance of healthy whole foods. We eat fresh seafood (we often catch it ourselves) and local organic fruits and vegetables. Everyone grows something here and neighbors all put out bags for purchase by anyone. We get fresh lettuce from the kids’ school, avocados from our tree, and kiwis, apples and plums from our neighbors,” says Jill Chalmers who moved to New Zealand with her Kiwi husband.

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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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