Published On: Wed, Feb 14th, 2018

How to live longer: Why moving to a hot country could increase your life expectancy | Health | Life & Style

The UK is famous for its grey, rainy days as well as boasting a lifestyle that never stops with people hardly ever taking time to focus on their health and wellbeing. 

For many years brits have been emigrating away from the British Isles in search of a hotter climate and an overall better quality of life.

Studies have shown that living in a hotter climate where the pace of life is much slower as well as having a more balanced lifestyle can increase your life expectancy. 

To coincide with this, experts at Property Turkey have revealed six ways moving to a hotter climate can improve your quality of life and in turn improve life expectancy. 

Mediterranean diet

Most of us have heard about the benefits of a Mediterranean diet – study after study demonstrates that the increased consumption of vegetables, fruits, olive oils and nuts and lower levels of dairy and meat contribute to lowered levels of heart disease, strokes and cancers.

Scientific studies conducted on this way of eating show that the average lifespan can be extended – as we’ve seen from looking at countries in the Mediterranean which tend to have good levels of longevity – and what’s more, better quality of life in their ageing populations.

In many countries, fresh fruit and vegetables are widely used to create tasty, healthy meals. Frozen ready meals and canned food aren’t really common. Seafood is also widely available at a good price, meaning that it’s easier to get life-enhancing omega-3 oils into your diet.

Exposure to vitamin D

Most regions in hotter countries, including Turkey receive an average of 250 days a year of sunshine. During cooler months, temperatures normally average at 25 degrees while, in the height of summer such as July and August, they rise up to 40 per cent. 

While this in itself is an attractive lure when thinking about days swimming, sailing or scuba diving, sunlight has many health benefits of which a notable one is Vitamin D.

This essential nutrient is vital to improving our immune system, easing skin disorders such as acne, strengthening teeth and bone, lowering blood pressure as well as decreasing symptoms of asthma. Recent years have seen an avalanche of warnings and newspaper articles about skin cancer caused by the sun, but in moderate doses, the sun is extremely good for our health.

Outdoor activity

More days of sunshine means more chance to head outside – and more opportunities to stay active.  

A study released by the European Society of Cardiology showed that just 25 minutes of walking each day can add seven years to your life – and that the same exercise could halve the risk of heart attack for people in their 50s and 60s.

We all know that the idea of a walk is greatly improved if the weather is favourable, and with 300 days of annual sunshine in hotter regions such as the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Australasia, there is simply more opportunity to get outside and get your body moving. A lifestyle that is lived away from a screen and focused more towards exercising and getting outside has been said to increase your mood and your overall wellness. 

Eating nuts could lower your risk of an early death, it was recently revealed.

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