The Doctors: Hidden Health Secrets
Dr Andrew Ordon was lucky enough to take a trip to beautiful Iceland to find out why the country is the healthiest in all of the world. Iceland is loaded with geysers and hot springs and he got VIP access to the Blue Lagoon. Although it was near freezing outside, he was able to take a dip into the hot geothermal water. Geothermal waters can actually boost body temperature and metabolism, and the Mayo Clinic says a soak in hot springs provide benefits similar to the benefits of exercise. While still in the water, he received a full-body massage.
Although the weather is harsh in Iceland, the folks at Blue Lagoon created a comprehensive skin care line to help protect your healthy glow. They actually use the geothermal sea water in their skin care products as well as silica for a nice, even skin tone. They also use algae which has been shown to moisturize and brighten the skin, while promoting the production of collagen. The geothermal sea water has been shown to be an effective way to treat psoriasis.
They actually use a large system to grow their own algae at the Blue Lagoon, and algae has been shown to fight both aging and acne.
The Doctors: What Makes Icelanders So Healthy?
Dr Ordon then traveled to farm to find out what makes Icelanders so healthy. Solvi, a farmer and chef at Efsti-Dalur, explained that his farm has been in the family for 300 years. They now have a new dairy farm with a restaurant as well as an ice cream store. Icelandic cattle can be traces back to Viking herds, which just goes to show how long they’ve been around. They’re also fed entirely natural hay. The cattle in Iceland are raised on a pasture without hormones or antibiotics.
Plus, the grass in Iceland has a higher content of beta-carotene which makes the grass they’re even healthier. Beta-carotene helps fight heart disease, cancer, and vision loss. The cows are only milking an average of 25 liters a day, while cows in the United States average 50-60 liters a day. “Quality over quantity,” Dr Ordon stated to the camera.
Solvi explained that his cows aren’t good for profit, but they’re very good for your health. To milk his cows, he cleans the utters first and then tests them to see which cow’s milk he wants. He looks for high protein and high fat, and said if you have a robot milking a cow instead, it’s not going to give you good milk.
The Doctors: Low-Fat High-Protein Skyr
They eat a product called skyr that is similar to Greek yogurt but it can be left on the table for six months, and they can go back and eat it “and we would not die.”
A little-known fact is that Iceland consumes more cheese than any other country except for France. The average Icelander eats about 55 pounds of cheese a year. Icelanders absolutely loved their skyr, which is less than 1% fat and 11% protein. Dr Ordon described it as tasting a little like ricotta and a little like yogurt. He then mixed skyr and whey to make milk.
The Doctors: Fishing In Iceland
Dr Ordon then visited Sigurjon, a fisherman who fishes for cod, haddock, and pollock. He typically brings in 20 tons of cod, which explains why fish is such a staple for people in Iceland. Fish fillets and frozen fish are two of Iceland’s top exports. Sigurjon actually had an entire fish processing plant in the bottom of his boat, that allows him to package and freeze the fish in a way that guarantees freshness.
Gunnar, the sous chef at Lava Restaurant at the Blue Lagoon, prepared a traditional Icelandic dish for Dr Ordon, as an example of how the local people eat. He prepared Icelandic cod using fresh ingredients like carrots. Because of strict regulations, Iceland produces some of the purest food in the world. Gunnar first heated the cod in a skillet, before putting it in the oven to bake. To make the sauce for the fish, he used the same sauce that the fish was pan-seared in. The dish is all about the omega-3’s!
For dessert, Dr Ordon enjoyed skyr with whopped cream with a crunchy crumble, homemade ice cream, and fresh blueberries. He was absolutely blown away!
The Doctors: 91-Year-Old’s Secrets To Living Long
Because Icelanders live longer than anyone else in the world, Dr Ordon wanted to sit down with 91-year-old Erla to hear her health secrets. For 91, she looked incredible and she admitted she certainly feels much younger. She told Dr Ordon that she is constantly reading and cod is her favorite fish. For 85 years, she’s gone swimming just about every day. Swimming can actually lower the risk of falls for the elderly.