by Marni Battista
The release of hormones from sex produces that “glow” and also lowers anxiety levels.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s an old wive’s tale and what the truth is when it comes to the link between sex and your health, so Dating with Dignity compiled some TRUTHS for you about S-E-X, your health, vitality and overall mojo.
Sex does a body good.
Regular sex (safe sex!) can actually keep you young.
Not only does it burn calories (150-300 per hour, on average!), but it also lowers your stress levels. When you orgasm, your body releases dopamine that produces that “natural high” feeling. In fact, studies have compared the brain scans of people during orgasm to those of people who are “high” on certain drugs, and the results are nearly identical!
During sex and climax, in addition to dopamine your body also releases oestrogen, which protects against heart disease. Oxytocin is also produced when you touch and kiss your partner, and another huge blast of it is also produced during the big O. These hormones of course are also produced when you give yourself an orgasm, so you don’t need another person to experience these benefits! In addition, regular sex is a pain reliever; oxytocin actually reduces pain levels! (That’s why an orgasm can help reduce pain from menstrual cramps!) It also helps you bond with your mate and can even make you feel more generous.
Scientists say that those who have sex in the morning are happier AND healthier.
Wake-up sex can actually make your day more productive. The release of hormones from sex produces that “glow” and also lowers anxiety levels. It also raises your self-esteem; so if you’re prepping for a big meeting, instead of chugging coffee try a roll in the hay or a moment with your vibrator. You’ll impress your audience with the confidence you bring after your eventful morning.
Nature’s Beauty Enhancer
Climaxing also releases a chemical that boosts estrogen, and estrogen makes your hair and skin look great. Improved texture of your hair and tone of your skin means you can probably throw away that “extra moisture” lotion you just bought. Whether you let your guy know he’s the gift that keeps on giving or give yourself a “thank you, ma’am,” acknowledge how embracing your femininity pays off in more ways than one!
Reduce risk of illness? Yes, please!
Studies have shown that having sex three times a week can actually cut the risk of heart attack or stroke in HALF. It also increases antibody production that helps your body fight off the common cold or fever. Regular sex also helps you sleep better, and good sleep is an important ally in the fight against sickness (as well as blood pressure and weight management).
Last, regular sex also improves your chances of getting pregnant because it improves sperm quality. Daily climax for a man cuts down on any DNA damage that’s found in sperm samples; so if you’re trying to get pregnant, regular sex can certainly help you reach your goal.
In Dating with Dignity’s search for the truths about the link between sex and health, we’ve discovered that the benefits of regular sex are worth the effort, whether you are single or not!
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