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11 November 2015


Research recently undertaken has proven that the Scandinavian diet is one of the healthiest in the world, thanks to its inclusion of cabbage, grains, oily fish and meats. The simple diet relies on ingredients that flourish in cold climates. It is also said that it is nearly impossible to overeat on a Scandinavian diet, thanks to the high inclusion of grains and oats.

Scandinavian countries have long been envied for their attitude to health, with many different articles and lists instructing people on how to live the Scandinavian lifestyle. We have uncovered the top tips, and made the ultimate list for you!

Scandinavian health tips

1. Eat the Scandinavian Diet

As we previously mentioned, the Scandinavian diet is full of very healthy foods, each of which will do a world of good for your body. The Scandinavian diet is full of foods such as oily fish (omega 3 fatty acids found in fish will also help with your heart and cholesterol levels). Other ingredients include rye bread (which has the added advantage of being gluten free), grains grown naturally in the Scandinavian landscape and vegetables such as cabbage.

2. Cycle

It is impossible to imagine countries such as Denmark without picturing cycling too. Cycling is one of the most popular sports, and convenient ways of getting around. It has become increasingly popular in recent years, and therefore more and more safe thanks to the advances made in technology. In major cities such as London there has been a huge investment in safer cycling lanes propelling the sport into a much more common mode of transport.

3. Hygge

This has no literal translation to English, but Hygge is basically a celebration of coziness. It is because of Hygge that Scandinavians so often proven to be the happiest nations in the world. To let Hygge into your life all you simply need to do is bring together friends and family, light candles and just talk to each other and celebrate being together. As we are coming more into winter, it is getting to the perfect time for Hygge another form of alternative healthcare, keeping you happy and at peace.

In the cold climates of Scandinavia, keeping as healthy as possible is very important to surviving the climate, and dark nights. Now we are heading into our own colder months, it’s great to have picked up some tips from Scandinavia to try and strive for a healthier and happier life.

The information in these pages is intended as general advice only. If you or your family members require medical advice or have any medical concerns, please contact your GP.

Source: Visit Denmark, The culture trip.comIndependant