A study by the Athens University School of medicine concluded that there might be a connection between sea salt and taking naps in slowing down the aging process. The study was conducted in the small Aegean island of Ikaria Greece for four months in 2009 on over 1,000 of its 8,000 residents. Thirteen percent of those polled were over 80 years old, while 1.1 percent of women and 1.6 percent of men were over 90. The study concluded that the elderly had healthier eating habits and took midday naps more often than younger islanders.
The islander’s diet consisted of fresh fruit, fish, lettuces, vegetables, tea and of course sea salt. The alleged health benefits of sea salt, ranges from improving digestion to imparting “harmonious energy,” are due to minerals and trace elements that are refined out of table salt. Since the underground salt deposits that produce most table salt are the result of evaporating seawater or salty lakes, you would think that the chemistry would be pretty much the same, and mostly it is. Both rock salt ( i.e., from mines) and sea salt contain, besides sodium chloride, such chemicals as calcium, potassium, and magnesium sulfates. However, when a large body of water evaporates, the chemicals in it precipitate out in stages – calcium compounds get deposited first, then sodium, and finally magnesium and potassium. Because of this, a rock salt deposit is often a more homogenous mass of sodium chloride than what you get by drying out seawater commercially. Since rock salt destined for human consumption is typically processed to remove grit and other impurities, by the time it reaches the shaker table salt is nearly pure sodium chloride.
Taking a nap during the day can actually have good benefits for your health. Many people who regularly treat themselves to short naps claim they come with benefits. These can be benefits like more productivity, a lifting of the spirits and a sharpening of the senses and you can even become smarter. The advice of taking a nap that mothers sometimes give their children also come with great benefits for people in their adult lives. Proponents of taking a nap say that the afternoon is the best time of the day to do so. Taking a nap being good for your health is not just a matter of opinion: Scientific research is even beginning to substantiate the benefits of napping. There is, in fact, a biological clock located in a cluster of cells in the hypothalamus of the brain. Those cells orchestrate the circadian (that is, daily) ups and downs of many physiological processes (body temperature, blood pressure, secretion of digestive juices), including sleep and wakefulness. As you might expect, the usual circadian pattern is wakefulness during the day followed by gradually increasing sleepiness in the evening, but it’s also common to have a little “hump” of midafternoon sleepiness programmed into the circadian schedule. An afternoon nap is one way to accommodate that hump. It’s also interesting to note that taking naps also reduced stress in those tested. In 2008, British researchers reported results of a study that compared getting more nighttime sleep, taking a nap, and using caffeine as ways to cope with the afternoon hump.
The nap was the most effective and healthier.
The islanders of the Greek islands found all this out early and took good advantage of it and are experiencing longer lives as a result of it. The combinations of sea salt and nap taking can extend your life and give you better health and If you can call lying in your favorite hammock at noon after lunching on fresh fish seasoned with sea salt with a light breeze blowing in the Mediterranean air, healthy, then sign me up.