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Healthy living in Spain

Posted on 30 August 2017

Do you pine after that healthy Mediterranean lifestyle, having got a quick glimpse of it on your summer holiday to Spain? A seemingly endless supply of vitamin D on award winning beaches, fresh food and a slower pace of life is obviously good for our health, but did you know Spain has the second highest life expectancy in the world?

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Japan tops the list when it comes to life longevity, followed by Spain. The figures reveal that the country has more than 100,000 people aged over 100 – that’s roughly the population of a small city like Lincoln – and an average life expectancy of 83.2, just 0.2 years lover than Japan. The UK and Ireland on the other hand have a lower average than most of Western Europe and Scandinavia, with both countries recording a life expectancy of 81.4.

So why is Spain so healthy? Experts claim it’s largely down to two key factors: the country’s Mediterranean diet of fresh fish, pulses, fruit and veg, and the warm climate – the excellent national health service probably has something to do with it as well. These sun-drenched surroundings provide the perfect conditions for a healthy outdoors lifestyle. The Costa Blanca, for example, basks in an average of 320 days of sunshine a year; a perfect year-round climate that led the World Health Organisation to name it as one of the healthiest places to live in the world. Even during the winter you will be able to spend your time on the golf course, walking, cycling or playing tennis, while everyone back in Britain is de-icing the windscreen.

When asked about their secrets to longevity, some of Spain’s centenarians said they had honey every day, while others put it down to gazpacho, the traditional cold Spanish soup made from tomatoes and cucumber. One gentleman aged 112 said maintaining a youthful outlook had helped him reach a ripe old age.

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