Island with Healthiest People Over 99 Offers 8 Secrets to a Long and Happy Life

island with healthy peopleLisa Garber

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It’s no secret that the Mediterranean diet can help us achieve longevity, but the overall lifestyles of the region’s populace shouldn’t escape our attention.

Tucked away in the Aegean Sea is a small, rocky island called Ikaria, where residents on average reach the age of 90. Here are a few island secrets of longevity researchers have picked up after years of studying the dreamy getaway.
1. Drink Herbal Tea

The Ikarians love it. Many teas found on the island are mildly diuretic and help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of dementia. A few diuretic herbs are yarrow, dandelion, stinging nettle, and green tea. The health benefits of green tea are amazing, so this may be your first choice.2. Take a Nap

Like typical islanders, Ikarians don’t bother getting up—or opening up shop—earlier than they feel like it. Something as simple as an afternoon siesta can reduce your risk of cardiovascular problems including heart attack, and it can help you feel more energized and well-rested in the afternoon.
3. Eat fresh Vegetables

Ikaria boasts over 150 varieties of greens. Much of what the islanders eat, in fact, they grow themselves. As with the typical Mediterranean diet, this means very little meat and sugar and lots of vegetables, beans, and antioxidant-rich extra virgin olive oil.

4. Drink Goat’s Milk

Unlike cow’s milk, goat’s milk is easier to digest and contains tryptophan, an amino acid that reduces stress. Goat cheese also contains vitamin D, although there’s plenty of that from the sunshine on this dreamy island.

5. Walk it Off

When you live in a mountainous region like Ikaria, you walk—uphill—a lot. Besides, the islanders are rarely in a hurry to meet anyone, so when they agree to catch up over tea, they take a long, leisurely stroll to do so.

6. Dip into a Hot Spring

Radium is a nasty word in America, but the Ikarians have sworn by radium-rich hot springs since the 4th century. Reduction in joint pain, stress, and skin irritation are often cited as benefits.

7. Just Dance

Rather than chugging flavorless beer and going broke paying for sugar-laden mix drinks, Ikarians drink and eat in moderation, focusing on letting go of (what few) cares they have and simply enjoying each other’s company. This leads us to their final piece of advice…

8. Relax

Stress can greatly increase your risk of numerous diseases as well as dangerous behavior. Ask Ikarians what time it is. They probably won’t know—or care. It’s difficult to approach most work days with an Ikarian attitude, but learning basic stress reduction techniques can add years to your life. These can include exercise, meditation, yoga, tapping, or taking a fifteen-minute break to drink a sip of herbal tea. Here’s how to reduce and deal with stress.

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24 Responses to "Island with Healthiest People Over 99 Offers 8 Secrets to a Long and Happy Life"

  1. princemao jordan cura  September 22, 2012 at 1:05 am

    i like this article and the people living in the island…

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  2. Sharon Teel  September 23, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    THIS PLACE REMINDS ME OF THE VENUS PROJECT ( ISLAND OF IKARIA ). MAYBE I WILL SEE IF I CAN MOVE THERE ! I MENTIONED IT TO MY 7 YR. OLD DAUGHTER LAST NIGHT AND SHE WAS EXCITED AT THE POSSIBILITY! IT IS MOST LIKELY THE CLOSEST WE WILL EVER GET TO THE VENUS PROJECT. I WOULD GIVE EVERYTHING I HAVE TO SEE THE VENUS PROJECT HAPPEN !! WE SHOULD ALL JUST LEAVE AMERICA & FIND SOME PLACE ELSE IN THE WORLD FREE FROM THE TYRANNY OF GOVERNMENT RULE & START OVER THERE WITH THE VENUS PROJECT. THE LONGER WE WAIT TO ABOLISH OUR CURRENT DICTATORS THE HARDER IT IS GOING TO BE TO DO SO! THEY ARE ALREADY FAST AT WORK ELIMINATING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS…ALLOWING THEM THE POWER TO DO WHATEVER THEY WANT TO US WITHOUT RETRIBUTION !!! THE NATIONAL AUTHORIZATION DEFENCE ACT PROVES THIS FACT. THEY ARE READING THEM SELVES FOR THE REVOLUTION THAT HAS ALREADY BEGUN !! THEY SEE THE AWAKENING BEGINNING TO HAPPEN & THEY ARE AFRAID OF LOOSING ALL THEIR POWER , OUR MONEY, & THEIR OWNERSHIP OF US !! THEY KNOW THEIR DAYS ARE NUMBERED !! THEY SHOULD FEAR US…WE DO NOT FORGIVE,,,WE DO NOT FORGET…EXPECT US !!!

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    • daffys2000  February 14, 2013 at 12:59 am

      Hey Sharon, I’m in! Let’s just start the project somewhere and from there we can always develop it! I mean if this project takes place then the people will see the prosperity in this kind of society! I truly believe that the society will change. That’s a must! But it’s up to us to make the beginning… so let’s begin..!!

    • SHARON  February 15, 2013 at 4:04 am

      I AM FINDING TROUGH RESEARCH ON THE INTERNET, THAT THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE GATHERING INTO GROUPS ALL OVER THE WORLD….GETTING A CHUNK OF LAND TOGETHER …COMBINING THEIR RESOURCES,LIVING OFF THE GRID, GROWING THEIR OWN FOOD …TRADING THE FOOD THEY CAN’T USE FOR OTHER SUPPLIES THEY CAN’T MAKE YET!! THERE IS ONE IN FACT IN GREECE THAT HAS BEEN DOING VERY WELL & GETTING MANY PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER WANTING TO FIND OUT HOW THEY GOT THEIR START & WHAT THEY NEED TO DO TO START THEIR OWN . I WOULD LOVE TO BE ONE OF THE FIRST TO START UP WITH THE VENUS PROJECT WITH JACQUE FRESCO & ANYONE ELSE WHO WANTED ON BOARD. I AM IN NEED OF A PARTNER !!! GRRRR WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD MEN GONE ???LOL :):)

    • Indigo Child  July 24, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      The Venus project could be in America if the people would let go of their greed, perversion, and materialistic ways.

  3. fteroporos  January 15, 2013 at 4:30 am

    It is a very beautiful place indeed. There is a village on Ikaria that in the hot summer months sleeps during the day and opens shop after 9pm, you can visit the local bakery at 2am, children are playing outside at that time… At sunrise everyone takes a restful looong nap. I am surprised though that this study doesn’t mention natural radioactivity, it is high on regions of the island and we often joke about longevity being somehow connected to high geiger readings there. Think twice or research about that before choosing your place there. I am Greek and visited Ikaria some years ago.

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  4. Gavin  February 15, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Wonderful the Venus project or something along those lines has been my dream for many years

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  5. SHARON  February 21, 2013 at 12:16 am

    THE VENUS PROJECT HAS BEEN A DREAM OF MINE TOO….AS IT TURNS OUT …JACQUE FRESCO ( INVENTOR OF THE
    VENUS PROJECT), IS IN GREECE NOW TO TALK WITH THEM ABOUT IT SINCE OF COURSE THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT WANTS NO PART OF IT !! ALL BECAUSE IT WOULD ELIMINATE THE CORRUPTION IN THE WORLD DERIVED FROM MONEY & POWER !!!

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  6. dreamer  March 23, 2013 at 7:11 am

    omg everyone! that would be my dream come true! i am from greece and have spent a lot of time on this island.. everyone is awesome!im saving money to buy land there (in the us now) i want all the worlds awesome people to do the same. LETS DO THIS! i cant believe i found this site and this discussion. ive got tears in my eyes!!!!!if this isint a sign i dont know what is!

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    • Heather  July 24, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      me too!

  7. Heather  July 24, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Venus Project yes!! Thinking along those lines might be out only hope for the future.

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    • Heather  July 24, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      *our only hope ;)

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