Sex is good medicine. Here’s how…
Know how sex helps heal
Most of us are quicker to hit the gym before hitting the sheets when it comes to taking care of ourselves. Believe it or not, huffing and puffing your way through a hot, sweat-inducing sex session may be far more beneficial to your overall health than the time you spend on the treadmill. As research confirms time and again, good sex in a healthy, stable, monogamous relationship can only better our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Sex, in this context, offers us tons of benefits, most of which aren’t touted nearly enough. Here are just a few benefits:
Forget torturing yourself with the latest fad diet or hours on the elliptical machine when you can burn about 200 calories in 30 minutes of sex! Lovemaking lends itself to improved strength, flexibility, muscle tone and cardiovascular conditioning. Plus, there’s something super sexy about getting to sleep with your very own ‘personal trainer’.
Forgo popping a painkiller. Sex has been shown to offer migraine and menstrual cramp relief, as well as alleviate chronic back pain, thanks to the endorphins and corticosteroids released during sexual arousal and orgasm.
Sex increases the levels of oxytocin, stimulating feelings of warmth and relaxation. What better way to unwind from a tough day than sharing its most climactic moment with your special someone?
Stop spending late nights at the office. Sex wards off colds and the flu. This is because phagocytes, which are part of the immune system that attack and kill common cold germs, increase during sex and double after orgasm.
Better heart health
A little bit of heart and soul in the sack should be part of every doctor’s orders when it comes to cardiovascular care. Studies have also shown that men
Lovemaking lends itself to improved strength, flexibility, muscle tone and cardiovascular conditioning. Plus, there’s something super sexy about getting to sleep with your very own ‘personal trainer’.
who have sex at least twice a week have a lower risk of having a heart attack. And for the women, increased levels of estrogen are released during sex, which also help fight heart disease.
Increased self-esteem and intimacy
When sex is consistent and involves mutual pleasure, it can increase bonding since the surge in oxytocin at orgasm stimulates feelings of affection, intimacy and closeness. Is it any wonder that good sexual energy in a positive relationship can make you feel better about yourself, your partner, and life in general?
There’s no need to count sheep when sex, including masturbation, helps insomnia. Plus, making love sure beats tossing and turning your way to zzzz’s.
A better, younger looking you
Sex keeps you looking and feeling younger, and according to some research, may lead to shiny hair, a glowing complexion and bright eyes. This is because it increases the youth-promoting hormone DHEA (dehydroepian dro stone ). And feeling more attractive charges your sex life even more.
Sex releases pleasure-inducing endorphins
Sex keeps you looking and feeling younger, and according to some research, may lead to shiny hair, a glowing complexion and bright eyes.
during arousal and climax that can relieve depression and anxiety, and increase vibrancy.
There is a significant relationship between frequency of orgasm and risk of death, especially with men. Men who orgasm two times a week have a 50 % lower chance of mortality than those who climax one time per month. The bonus: Living longer also gives you and your honey the opportunity for even more lovin’!
Decreased risk of breast cancer
One study of women who had never given birth found that an increased frequency of sexual intercourse was correlated with a decrease in the incidence of breast cancer.
Although it can’t cure the damage you’ve already done to your body - and to your liver in particular - sex can help you recover from a nasty hangover, perhaps even more so than a greasy, fried-up breakfast. Sex releases endorphins and oxytocin, which stimulate your muscles and improve your mood. Afterward, you’ll no doubt feel like taking a nice, long sleep too, which will also help with the hangover.
Reproductive health benefits
According to at least one study, sex appears to decrease a man’s risk of prostate cancer, and the prevention of endometriosis in women. It also promotes fertility in women by regulating menstrual patterns. While exercise on a regular basis is important to your health, sex can do so much more for you and your relationship. And it’s a workout plan you’re likelier to stick to.
Sex can help you recover from a nasty hangover, perhaps even more so than a greasy, fried-up breakfast.