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The Secrets of Ikaria: Longevity, Delicious Diets, and Midday Naps

Imagine living on a remote Greek island, surrounded by crystal-clear blue waters, natural thermal spas, and a community of people who seem to defy the aging process. Welcome to Ikaria, a 99-square mile island in the Aegean Sea that boasts one of the longest-living populations on earth. Researchers have been captivated by the longevity of the islanders, with one in three inhabitants reaching the age of 90.

So, what’s their secret? It seems that the key to a long and healthy life lies in the Mediterranean diet, midday naps, and yes, even sex well into their golden years. Anthropologists have long praised the Mediterranean diet for its health benefits, rich in fish, olive oil, and antioxidant-rich greens. The islanders of Ikaria also consume plenty of beans, fish, and goat’s milk used in feta, which contains tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin – the ‘happy chemical’.

But it’s not just about what they eat. The Ikarians also lead a relaxed lifestyle, with daily physical activity, healthy eating habits, no smoking, and rich social lives. Researchers have found that the islanders have unusually low rates of depression, which could be attributed to their close-knit community and strong social connections.

One of the most surprising findings from the research is that most of the oldest islanders reported still being sexually active. This goes to show that a fulfilling sex life may also play a role in longevity and overall well-being. It’s clear that the people of Ikaria have cracked the code to a long and happy life, and it’s not just about living longer – it’s about living better.

So, the next time you feel stressed or overwhelmed, take a page out of the Ikarian playbook. Enjoy a delicious Mediterranean meal, take a midday nap, go for a walk with a friend, and who knows – you might just find yourself living a longer, healthier, and happier life.

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