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http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2ZIb75/planetgreen.discovery.com/food-health/7-countries-home-to-the-worlds-healthiest-people.html

According to this article the top 7 healthiest countries in the world are as follows:

1) Iceland
2) Japan
3) Sweden
4) Okinawa
5) New Zealand
6) Sardinia
7) Finland

In reading the article I found some important points that can be applied to everyone’s overall health.

From Finland (Scandinavia, Europe): Only 30 years ago Finland had the highest death rates in heart disease, which led the country to increase pro-health actions. “Smoking has been reduced significantly and fruit and vegetable intake has more than doubled.” According to WebMD, smoking can lead to heart disease. (Source: http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/quit-smoking-heart)
By quitting smoking, or at the very least reducing it, Finlanders have decreased the possibility of heart disease for themselves.
Along with that, Finlanders have increased fruit and veggie intake. Fruits and veggies have Vitamins C, E, and A (among many other things) that are the basic foundation of our immune systems and overall health.


From Sardinia (Europe): A region of Italy, Sardinia is an island of a close knit people. The many shepherds walk an average of 5 miles PER DAY. So few of us Americans can boost of this.
The diet of these shepherds includes mostly “whole grain flatbread, fava beans, tomatoes, greens, garlic, various fruits, olive oil and pecorino cheese from grass-fed sheep (high in Omega 3).” I can safely say none of those foods have GMOs and all of them are home-grown or from local farmers markets.
Omega 3 is very important for skin, eye, and brain health and has anti-cancer effects in the body. It is used also to decrease inflammation, fight against Cardiovascular Disease, and support the immune system.


From New Zealand (South-West Pacific Ocean): The New Zealanders enjoy many outdoor activities that are full of beneficial exercise, such as fishing, swimming, camping, and hiking. They eat freshly caught seafood (most of which they catch themselves) and locally grown organic fruits and veggies. Some these include kiwis, avocados, lettuce, apples, and plums.
Add the Vitamins C, A, and E from the fruits and veggies to the Omega 3 oils and proteins from the fresh caught seafood and you have a very, very strong immune system boosting formula of health.

From Okinawa (Asia, near/part of Japan): Said to have the world’s healthiest people, Okinawa locals eat tons home grown fruits and vegetables per day as well as fresh caught seafood and tofu. Many people of Okinawa live to be 110 years old (about 50 out of every 100,000 people live past 100)!
According to the article the people of Okinawa have low stress but rigorous daily activity.

From Sweden (Scandinavia, Europe): In the landscape like Sweden everyone practices outside exercise/activities daily. The Sweden diet is high in fish that is fresh caught and poached, fermented, smoked, and or dried instead of frying or cooking in oil.

From Japan (Asia): “Every meal in Japan looks like a piece of art. Food is so beautiful and so delicious and so simple,” fitness expert Harley Pasternak said to Empower News Magazine. “They are the largest consumer of fish in the world and of whole soy and of seaweed and green tea. When they are about 80 percent full, they stop and wait for about 10 minutes, then decide whether to keep going. And most times, they are full so they don’t need to keep eating more.”
Simply put; You should take time to eat, do not rush through mealtime and do not stuff yourself beyond repair.

From Iceland (Europe): Do to the colder weather, the Icelanders work out in the gym a lot, most likely more than the average American. Iceland’s cool clean air increases the health of the body through the lungs. Oxygen is one of the most important, if not the most important, ingredients needed for our bodies. If our oxygen is not clear, along with our water, than you can safely say that your insides are not clean either.

Overall, these locations had clean air (little or no pollution), had very good balances between working and living that helped to control stress and blood pressure levels, always ate an abundance of local fruits and veggies, and many ate fish instead of meat.

We certainly can learn a lot of them because, whether these countries known it or not, they are following almost all the time the diet that God has set for us.

Praise be to the Great Physician for all Eternity!

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