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Destination-wise, it is a haven for expats looking to relocate for retirement. In fact, according to International Living Index, Panama is the #1 place to retire in the whole world. Panama beat out 24 other countries vying for the #1 position thanks to its low cost of living, great climate, and easy visa residency requirements.
But another reason to move to this beautiful country is the benefit it brings to your health and wellness. So let’s discuss why you’ll get really healthy when you move to Panama:
1. Panama is abundant in fruits and vegetables
You can reap the rewards of living in this beautiful country through its abundant supply of local fruits and vegetables. When you move to Panama, you will certainly start eating a lot more fruits which are really good for your health.
Fresh fruits are much more affordable in Panama so you’ll be more likely to eat them often. These fruits are rich in vitamins and minerals that fight against inflammation and other illnesses. Here are some of the healthiest fruits available in Panama:
Bananas – Bananas are abundant in Panama. In fact, no discussion about Panama is complete without discussing their world-class and export-quality bananas. They are a staple in Panamanian diets and for a good reason too.
Aside from antioxidants, bananas contain nutrients that moderate blood sugar levels and promote heart health. They also improve your digestive health which can help you lose and maintain a healthy weight.
Mamon or Rambutan – This fruit is related to the lychee and it has a red and fuzzy exterior which you need to peel off when you eat. In Panama, they are called Mamón Chino and you can find them overflowing in their street stalls at certain times of year
Rambutan fruit is often used in diabetes and hypertension treatments. It also has antiseptic, anti-parasitic, and anti-free radical properties.
Pineapple – Pineapple is an incredibly delicious and healthy tropical fruit. This popular fruit is packed with nutrients, antioxidants and other helpful compounds, such as enzymes that can fight inflammation and disease.
Pineapples are low in calories but have an incredibly impressive nutrient profile.
One cup (5.8 ounces or 165 grams) of pineapple chunks contains the following (2):
Fat: 1.7 grams
Protein: 1 gram
Carbs: 21.6 grams
Fiber: 2.3 grams
Vitamin C: 131% of the RDI
Manganese: 76% of the RDI
Vitamin B6: 9% of the RDI
Copper: 9% of the RDI
Thiamin: 9% of the RDI
Folate: 7% of the RDI
Potassium: 5% of the RDI
Magnesium: 5% of the RDI
Niacin: 4% of the RDI
Pantothenic acid: 4% of the RDI
Riboflavin: 3% of the RDI
Iron: 3% of the RDI
Pineapples also contain trace amounts of vitamins A and K, phosphorus, zinc and calcium. They are especially rich in vitamin C and manganese, providing 131% and 76% of the daily recommendations, respectively.Vitamin C is essential for growth and development, a healthy immune system and aiding the absorption of iron from the diet. Meanwhile, manganese is a naturally occurring mineral that aids growth, maintains a healthy metabolism and has antioxidant properties.
I love eating pineapple straight or making a pineapple smoothie with frozen pineapple. Yesterday I bought 4 large pineapples for $3 from a street vendor with a truck full of pineapple.
Papaya – Papaya is an anti-inflammatory fruit and can help in reducing heart disease, improving digestive health, lowering blood sugar level & healing wounds. The papaya fruit also contains Vitamins A, B, C, and E as well as iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, choline and cancer-fighting lycopene
Papayas contain an enzyme called papain that aids digestion; in fact, it can be used as a meat tenderizer. Papaya is also high in fiber and water content, both of which help to prevent constipation and promote regularity and a healthy digestive tract.
The health benefits of consuming papaya include a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, aiding in digestion, improving blood glucose control in people with diabetes, lowering blood pressure, and improving wound healing.
I know a man who moved to Panama 15 years ago with liver cancer but cured it by eating papaya and a few papaya seeds every day. Papaya seeds contain vital nutrients that help heal cirrhosis of the liver. Grind or crush 5–6 papaya seeds and have them with food or juice, especially lime juice. This should be done for 30 days. Moreover, eating small amounts of papaya seeds regularly helps in detoxing the liver and keeps liver diseases at bay.
Guanabana or Soursop – Soursop is popular in tropical countries but much more in Panama. Panamanians swear by this fruit because of its miraculous healing benefits such as tumor shrinking, parasite blasting, and cancer-fighting properties.
In a South Korean study, Guanabana was shown to be up to 10,000 times more effective than chemotherapy at stopping the spread of cancerous cells. Another study, published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, found that soursop can even be effective against tumors that are resistant to chemotherapy or other drug combinations.
Soursop has tons of vitamin C. It is high in antioxidants, B vitamins, calcium, and phosphorous. Soursop is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, which is invaluable to the body’s healing processes. Additionally, it demonstrates anti-cancer properties.
Mango – Mango is a low-calorie fruit that contain high level of vitamin C, fibre and pectin making it a perfect fruit that helps in controlling high cholesterol level. Another benefit of eating mangoes is that it cleanses your skin from deep inside your body. It treats pores and gives a glow to your skin. Mango is a great source of vitamins A. It also contains folate, B6, iron and a little calcium, zinc and vitamin E. Mangoes are a good source of antioxidants, containing certain phytochemicals such as gallotannins and mangiferin which have been studied for their health benefits.
Watermelon – The cheery red color comes from lycopene, an antioxidant. Studies show it may help curb your risk of cancer and diabetes as part of a healthy lifestyle. Watermelon has more of this nutrient than any other fruit or veggie — even tomatoes. To load up on lycopene, choose a melon with bright red flesh rather than yellow or orange. And the riper, the better. Eating watermelon is a good way to get more water in to your body because they are 92% water.
These are just a few of the many fresh fruits available in Panama.
Needless to say, you can see how eating more of these fruits, which are readily available at affordable prices in Panama, will improve your health!
2. Panama boasts of world-class healthcare for a fraction of a price
According to US News & World Report, Panama’s health care is world class. You will not have to worry about hospital and checkup bills from a Panamanian doctor because it is relatively cheap. It can get as low as $15 without sacrificing the quality of service.
Most of the doctors at the hospitals in Panama were trained in the U.S so you will not have any language barrier issues. In fact, Punta Pacifica Hospital in Panama City is the only hospital in Latin America affiliated with Johns Hopkins International. And Hospital Paitilla is affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic in the United States.
3. Panama is teeming with fresh seafood
Because Panama flanked by the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, it has much to offer in terms of seafood. In fact, Panamanians have a long history of fishing and utilizing the ocean around them.
When you move to Panama, you’ll get healthy because you’ll adapt a diet which is rich in seafood. Seafood is a great source of lean protein, magnesium, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids. These vitamins and minerals are essential in fighting against inflammation, heart diseases, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer.
Seafood is affordable too! Sea bass, called corvina, is about $3 a pound. Fresh tuna is $4 a pound. Pargo, or red snapper, is about $2 a pound. With these prices, you’ll be eating healthy fish a lot more often.
4. Panama has organic farms
Organic farms are becoming more popular in Panama where you can buy a wide range of organic products such as fruits, vegetables, herbs, chicken and eggs. Organic foods have higher nutritional value. Some grocery stores carry a selection of organic foods and they can also be purchased at some farmer’s markets.
5. Panama’s charm will make you want to explore
As you know, walking is a form of physical activity and with Panama’s beauty; you’ll find yourself walking a lot more to explore this beautiful paradise. You will be motivated to move to enjoy what this country has to offer because of its alluring nature.
When you go and walk around, it helps lower your blood pressure, increase cardiovascular health, promotes stronger bones, improves balance, and reduces body fat.
You’ll also have opportunities to get involved in many social activities which help to boost your spirits.
Having said that, living in Panama is a good choice for you if you are looking for fresh produce, tropical delicacies, and sunshine.
Many people who have relocated to Panama have reported that they have been able to get off, or significantly reduce, the medications they take.
Many have also reported losing weight after moving to Panama which certainly helps you be more healthy too.
You’ll have LESS STRESS when you move to Panama because of the affordable relaxed lifestyle, fresh air and spectacular scenery.
You will get healthy when you move to Panama!
If you want to reduce stress in your life, move to Panama! Panama tied for the #1 spot for the happiest and most positive people on earth according to the Gallup 2019 Emotional Health Report which came out this week.
Gallup interviewed 151,000 people in 142 nations. Instead of a silly question like, “Are you happy?”, they asked specific questions, not over time which is too general and not what people feel “today” which is too close, but yesterday which is finished, yet still clear in their minds. Here are the five questions asked:
•• Did you feel well-rested yesterday?
•• Were you treated with respect all day yesterday?
•• Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?
•• Did you learn or do something interesting yesterday?
•• Did you experience the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday? How about enjoyment?
Global happiness studies often involve two measures — how people see their lives and how they live their lives. Both concepts are rooted in behavioral economics. How people reflect on their life is very different from how people live their life.
You can see the nations whose people are most positive in this list. Panama ties its cousins in Paraguay for first place. Nine out of the ten highest are in Latin America!
Maybe there’s something to that “laid back” attitude in Panama because it removes stress. I see it every day with happy, polite and smiling people in Panama. In Panama, life is not about keeping up with the Jones’
It is not about money. Of all ten of those nations, only one is included in the World Bank’s list of “high-income nations” and that is Panama. Panama wase added to that group in 2017 and remain there today. Some of the top ten countries not only experience poverty, but also the threat of violence every day as in Central America… yet they are happy!
For Panamanians there is something deep inside them at their core – a sense of family and community – that is intense, even when they aren’t happy with each other, even when they are poor. It is refreshing to live in a country where people are not stressed out all the time.
In contrast, which countries have the most stressed people?
You asked, we listened! We just added TWO New Panama Relocation Tours dates for 2019:
♦ May 31 to June 7
♦ July 5-12
This is a 6-day, 7-night ALL-INCLUSIVE Panama Relocation Tour which will take you throughout Panama to visit the most popular expat destinations! You’ll learn how to relocate to Panama the EASY way, plus how to get super affordable health insurance, the most affordable Visa options, how to find a rental, how to get your pet and household goods in to Panama. Plus, you’ll get to meet expats who live in each area we visit to hear first hand why they picked the area where they live (and pros and cons), see rentals in a variety of different price points and much MUCH more… all with NO SALES PITCHES. We do not sell real estate or take you to see properties for sale.
Our tours are so popular that we were sold out through August! That’s why we added two more tour dates in 2019. CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR OTHER 2019 AND 2020 TOUR DATES
We have very limited space on these tours so you need to book ASAP to reserve your spot. We only require a $500 deposit per person to reserve your spot. The remainder of the tour fee is not due until 30 days before your tour. If you need to cancel for any reason, just let us know 30 days before you tour for a full refund.
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You don’t just get a 7-day tour around Panama! You also get support for months and years AFTER the tour. When you get ready to move to Panama, and after you move to Panama, you will still need some extra hand holding. Rest assured, that we will be there for you long after the Panama Relocation Tour! Here’s what some tour clients, aka now great friends, have to say:
After my January 2016 Panama Relocation Tour, my life changed forever! I moved to Boquete in April 2017 and life has been amazing ever since. After purchasing my home, I needed to find people to work on my house. Every time I asked Jackie for help or a referral, she always had a name for me. She always has an answer for me no matter what the question was that I asked. She was sick recently and I sent a message asking if she could do something for me at my house because I had broken my wrist. She was unable to come because she was not feeling well, but she did send somebody to help me! She is there for you every step of the way, no matter what. I am so thankful to Jackie for being there for me whenever I need her.
Our January 2018 tour was amazing! We learned so much in such a short time and loved Panama as much as we had hoped we would. Both Jackie and Melissa were so helpful and responsive to our many questions, before during and after the tour. I was most impressed with the many examples their generous “after tour support” and look forward to taking advantage of all of their knowledge, experience and local connections as we navigate towards becoming snowbirds! The other participants were lovely and fun and we made many great new friends. The tour alumni expats we met were also super helpful and friendly and we look forward to “paying it forward” to future tour participants once we get there. I would highly recommend this tour. It was definitely one of the best travel decisions we have ever made. Thanks Jackie and team!
The Panama Relocation Tour gave us the information and guidance that we needed to fulfill our dream of retiring and moving to Central America. During the tour Jackie was personally available for all of our questions and concerns and made it clear that she was available even after the tour, which she was and continues to be after we have moved here to Panama. We can’t thank her enough for continuing to be there for us with answers to both important and mundane questions. Thanks Jackie.
Jackie Lange does it all: she offers a tour of what she feels are the best places to live in Panama, offering personal advice throughout the tour; then when the tour is over, she keeps in touch, offering advice and tips for making the move. When you get to Panama, she’s still there, advising the best places to live, do business, and meet fellow travelers. She goes out of her way to make your move to Panama as effortless as possible. If Panama is on your radar, Jackie should be, too.
Join us for a Panama Relocation Tour to see how you can live BETTER for LESS in Panama!
To a Better Life in Paradise,
P.S. We just received this review from April 2019 tour clients and friends:
Astoundingly well-organized, informative and fun!
Jackie Lange’s Panama Relocation Tour is an astoundingly well-organized, information-packed and exceptionally useful way to learn whether Panama can work for you as an ex-pat destination. We were on the April 2019 tour. It was one of the most enjoyable and mind-opening vacations we’ve ever taken!
Be prepared — this tour is a non-stop immersion course about thriving in Panama. Jackie’s encyclopedic knowledge, wealth of personal contacts and many, many years of on-the-ground experience is laid out for you in riveting detail. You’ll learn all of the details and tricks that are key to making your move to and your life in Panama work out as you’ve dreamed. You’ll be fully informed about common ex-pat problems, pitfalls, and misconceptions, and you’ll get step-by-step instructions on how to avoid, minimize or embrace them. And you’ll get a book filled with every useful morsel, so you need never worry about taking notes. Perhaps most important, Jackie teaches and models a focused but laid-back mindset that is essential to ex-pat success.
The tour includes everything — rooms, meals, transportation, and of course Jackie’s amazing information. And from start to finish, it’s a consummately professional operation. As soon as you sign up for a tour, you’ll experience Melissa Lange’s (Jackie’s daughter) mastery of travel minutiae. You’ll get a series of emails describing every aspect of your tour, including the specifics of your hotel arrangements, airport pickups, and suggested packing lists. On arrival in Panama, you’ll be delighted by the charming, personal attention of Jackie’s English-speaking drivers.
On the tour, a comfortable, air-conditioned bus becomes your moving classroom. As you drive through a good fraction of Panama, Jackie will deliver her engaging, free-wheeling lectures from the front of the bus. From sandy beaches to verdant mountains, you’ll experience the full gamut of Panama’s climate, meet residents, and explore typical rental units. Unlike real estate sales trips, Jackie’s tour lays out in detail everything you need to fully consider before buying property in Panama. Her repeated mantra — rent first!
Besides Jackie and her endless knowledge, it’s the people you’ll encounter that makes this such an enjoyable and worthwhile trip. You’ll meet many ex-pat residents at lunches and dinners. The breadth and detail of their personal experiences provide wide-ranging and endlessly fascinating perspectives on life in Panama. Plus, you’ll love the delightful company of your fellow tour-attendees. We finished the tour with a couple of dozen new close friends!
If you want a tour of available Panama real estate, this is not the tour for you. But if you are considering whether Panama can work for you as an ex-pat destination, this certainly is the tour for you. If you are sure about Panama, but not sure where or how to make the move, this absolutely is the tour for you. And if you want to see a lot of Panama but aren’t even considering an ex-pat move, this will be an amazing vacation that really will get you thinking.
Marne Coggan & Debbie Friedenberg
Sonoma County, California