HOW SEX BOOSTS HEALTH
Finally, some doctor’s orders we’ll all be thrilled to follow…
IT TORCHES KILOJOULES. It slays stress. It can even help foster eternal youth. Yes, really. Studies show that a healthy sex life is linked to a healthy life life. Bless the researchers for looking into this important matter. They have scientifically proven that regularly getting busy can alleviate pain, reduce anxiety and help stave off colds. Behold: your sex prescription.
Sex for Zen
You could meditate – or you could just bone. Your brain can react to sex in much the same way it does to mindfulness, according to a recent review in Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology. The sensory absorption (read: total tuning out) that comes with rhythmic sexual stimulation can put you in a meditative-like state, says review author Adam Safron, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University. That, in turn, can distract you from anxious thoughts and lower your stress levels. You don’t even need a partner to ‘de-stress’ – solo play can spur the same trance-like calm.
Sex for immunity
Making love can boost production of immunoglobulin A (IgA), an infection-fighting antibody that hangs out in the mouth, nose and eyes, where germs commonly attack. ‘Through intimacy, people are exposed to bacteria from their partner’s mouth,’ says emergencymedicine doctor Joshua Russell, director of provider education and quality assurance for GoHealth Urgent Care.
‘That exposure to unfamiliar microbes likely contributes to the increased production of IgA.’ And the more IgA you have, the better your body is able to zap nasty invaders. Isn’t it about time for some vitamin C? (As in coitus, of course…)
Sex for pain relief
Your headache fi x could be an orgasm away. In a study in the journal Cephalalgia, 60% of migraine sufferers felt a reduction in pain during or after sex, and 19% of those reported that a sex session left them completely ache-free. One theory is that the endorphins unleashed during erotic romps have a healing power that can be practically medicinal.
Sex for fitness
Struggling to hit your daily 10 000 steps? Substitute some horizontal exertion and you’ll be all set. For a 60kg woman, the average number of kilojoules burned between the sheets (or on top of ’em) is equivalent to walking 1,5km at 5,5 to 7km/ h, according to research from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Walk or copulate? The choice is clear.
Sex for glowing skin
If you wanna keep getting asked for ID, get laid at least three times a week. Men and women in relationships who had sex on the regular were perceived to be a whopping five to 12 years younger than they actually were in a survey conducted by a clinical neuropsychologist at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Scotland. Some possible reasons: getting frisky increases circulation, sending oxygen-rich blood to the face; it also prompts the release of human growth hormone, which may help make skin appear smoother and more supple.
Sex for success
Who (er, we mean what) you do off the clock can amp up your on-the-job engagement and satisfaction, according to a new study published in the Journal Of Management. Researchers found the mood lift you get from sex (even meh sex) helps keep you happy and engaged at work the next day. Now, if only that hot guy in fi nance would help you test this research…