WATCH | Only eat until you're 80% full and take naps - advice from the world's healthiest countries

2020-01-24 11:45 - Marisa Crous
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Ever wondered which countries are really getting it right when it comes to healthy living? Is it a country like Canada who loves their Crossfit? Or perhaps Greece with their laid-back approach to living? Nope, neither. 

According to the 2019 edition of the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, which ranked 169 economies based on factors that contribute to overall health, Spain came in first place! 

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Here are five countries that ranked highest for overall health and wellness:

#1: Spain

Citizens are obsessed with using fresh, local ingredients in their food with a focus on using olive oil, organic veggies and drinking wine! They are also big fans of the afternoon siesta, which basically means they nap the afternoon away...

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#2: Italy

The Mediterranean diet has proven its health benefits over and over again – and even in the land of pasta, Italians have active lifestyles, and incorporate good fats into their diets, like olives.

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#3: Iceland

People are generally very active and stick to eating a lot of lean meats and fresh seafood in abundance. They also love a restorative Blue Lagoon dip, which is great for blood circulation.

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#4: Japan

Okinawa has the largest population of centenarians in the world. Here, people are known to eat the hara hachi bu way – the practice of only eating until you're 80% full. That means no seconds!

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#5: Switzerland

With a current life expectancy of 84, the Swiss are living right. Beautiful clean water, an excellent healthcare system and a good work-life balance all add to their overall health and wellbeing. 

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Unfortunately, South Africa didn't make it into the first 50 list open for non-subscriber viewing on Bloomberg's site. 

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