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Staying in Spain has a positive effect on your health

Every year, thousands of Scandinavians, Germans and Brits go to Spain for the sun, sea, and to escape the dark, cold winters. But it is not only for the beautiful landscapes and culture, but also for the surprising health benefits that staying in Spain can bring. We cover some of the key health benefits that many people living or staying in Spain notice.

Reduced stress

There is a classic Spanish saying – “mañana mañana” – which is used to say things along the lines of “no stress”, “don’t worry” etc. In Spain, things are not always as fast-paced. There is a culture of enjoying life and not getting stressed out, which in itself is great for your health.

Better circulation

The cold weather can impact how blood flows around the body and constrict blood vessels, unfortunately raising the risk of a heart attack significantly. In fact, in many countries there are up to 53% more heart attacks over the winter. The Spanish climate can therefore do wonders for the cardiovascular system as it rarely makes drastic dips into freezing temperatures, and has a more consistent climate in general.

Autoimmune benefits

Many viruses and bacteria can only survive in cooler climates and struggle to survive in warmer temperatures, so staying in a country with a climate such as Spain could stop you getting ill so frequently.

Improved mental health

Surprisingly, studies have confirmed that having a view of the ocean was associated with improved mental health. They have speculated that this is down to the calming effects of the colour blue, as those living in areas with an abundance of greenery did not see the same mental health improvements.

Increased levels of Vitamin D

Most people know that you get Vitamin D from exposure to sunlight, so it makes sense that people who live in a climate such as Spain’s maintain excellent levels of Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with a number of health conditions including certain cancers, heart disease, depression and chronic pain.

Aiding with arthritis and asthma

Recommended by the World Health Organisation as “near perfect environment as it is possible to obtain”, the Spanish climate can help ease the symptoms of both arthritis and asthma. In fact, near- miraculous cures for both have been recorded in those who soak up the sun all year round in Spain.

Longer life expectancy

People living in Spain are predicted to have the longest life expectancy in the world by 2040 – beating Japan into second place – and much of the reason is to do with the way they eat! Great news for those who love the Spanish culture of good food and good wine!