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Ikaria: The Island Of Centenarians


Ikaria – Greek island in the Aegean Sea, part of the Eastern Sporades archipelago. The island is located to the west of Samos, Patmos to the north, and has an elongated shape, thanks to which in ancient times was called Makris or Dolihi (Long).

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Another ancient name of the island – Ihtioessa (Fish), obtained thanks always a good catch.
It is believed that the modern name of the island was named after Icarus, son of Daedalus, who died in the sea not far from the nearby island of Samos. The waters of the south of the island in memory of this event since ancient times called the Icarian Sea.

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People living on Ikaria from Neolithic times. Ikaria is one of the five “blue zones” of the world – places where people live unusually long. According to a study conducted by the University of Athens, ikariantsy live up to 90 years, 2.5 times more likely eropeytsev.

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In addition, residents of Ikaria much healthier elderly people from other parts of the world, they are less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and other major age-related diseases

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Since ancient times Ikaria was known as a health resort, mainly because of its radioactive thermal springs, which are believed can reduce pain, treat joints and skin diseases. But most of the next two thousand years, the islands were subjected to raids by pirates. In order to avoid looting ikariantsy moved their villages high up on the rocky slopes.

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Their isolation has led to a unique lifestyle. Over the centuries, without outside influence from island residents developed his own view of life, which is based among other things, it is a relentless optimism and penchant for partying, both these qualities are well able to reduce stress. In addition ikariantsy like to go to bed after midnight. They do not need a lot of money, and they work a little longer, and for fun.

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All ikariantsev have gardens where they grow their own fresh quality vegetables without pesticides, as they make the olive oil. They eat little meat and mostly on holidays and drink are usually rich in antioxidants herbal tea – a great diuretic, on top of lowering blood pressure. Ikariantsy every day eat honey, and refined sugar and starchy foods consume little.

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The social structure of the island also promotes longevity. In most countries, people are completely unfamiliar with their own neighbors – can except to exchange a few words in the morning before work. On Ikaria is accepted to go in the evening to visit friends with a jug of wine. Friends here – they are friends for life. In addition, to get to visit a friend, we have to walk in the mountains, which is associated with considerable physical exertion.
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A 101-year-old woman with Ikaria to the question, thanks to some miracle they live so long, replied: “Yes, we just forget to die.”

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Best Beaches
This island has its own “wild” beauty: a large amount of greenery, high mountains, rivers, ravines, and most importantly – its wonderful beaches! Their great variety, to name only a few of them: Armenistis Demonopetra, Kambos, Livadi, Us, Ormos nymphs, prions, Terma, Kerame, Pharos and the Seychelles … one of the most beautiful beaches of Ikaria.

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The island has a large number of different types of caves, and many residents of the island are not even aware of their existence. Many of them had traces of some ancient rites and archaeological finds. Each of these caves has its own history, its own myth that we wish you to know, having been there. These are the caves as Katafygi (village Katafygi, located at the foot of the church of St. Nicholas), Protaras (village Glaredo), Halaris (in the village of Chrysostom), Spileo (at Pharos) Drakospilo (in Perdika) initialed (in Chrysostom) Lukaraos (in Drutsula), Alam (in Akamatre) and many others.
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Healing water sources
The history of healing springs is closely linked with the history of the area. The ancient Greeks were the first who used water treatment, as well as ancient Greek physicians, historians, physicists, geographers, which gave meaning and importance of mineral waters. The first who discovered their existence was the historian Herodotus, who later described the large number of such natural sources.

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Ikaria – 1 of the 17 most important natural sources of healing waters of Greece. There are 8 such sources to vary the water temperature. It sources such as Thermo and Hlio Terme Askilipiu, St. Kirikou, Spileu Pamphili, Kratsa, Artemidos and Apollonos.
“Immortal Water” – so called one of the sources of water which pomagajut rid of stones and sand in the kidneys and cysts.