A RACING HEART, shortness of breath , feeling weak at the knees, a fine film of perspiration on your skin … you’ve just had a mind-blowing workout. Sex. Not only docs it feel good, it’s seriously good for you. In fact, a growing body of research is claiming that sex may be the ultimate multitasking health booster. Far cheaper – and far more enjoyable – than Botox, regularly making love may wipe years off your age, relieve pain, blast kilojoules and bust stress. And that’s just for starters.
Sex protects your heart
You could sign up for boot camp to get your ticker in good shape. Or You could give your partner your best come-hither look and protect rour heart by doing the bump and grind. As effective as getting run ragged by a personal trainer, and a whole lot more fun. But dint just take our word for it: according to research published in The Americam Journal of Cardiology, the more sex you have, the more you may be protecting your heart from disease.
Researchers found that men who only had sex once a month or less had a 45% increased risk of cardivascular disease, compared to men who had sex at least two to three limes a week. OK, the study reviewed men’s hearts – but that doesn’t mean women won’t benefit from doing a little horizontal tangoing, too. According to the Heart Foundation, menopausal women may be at an increased risk of heart disease due to a reduction in oestrogen, which appears to provide some protection during the reproductive years. The good news is sex will increase level of oestrogen, says Dr Rosie King, sex therapist and author of Where Did My Libido Go?
Having more sex might increase immunity from colds and flu.
Getting down to it once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of immunoglobulin A, or IgA, a substance found in saliva and the nasal lining thought to help our immune systems fight colds and flu.
It probably won’t take much convincing to follow this general rule, but you should know it, anyway:
The more sex you have, the healthier you’ll be. Because:
Sex banish depression
Sex boost your levels of serotonin – body’s key antidepressant chemical – and lift your mood. People smile and feel happy and relaxed after sex. Sexually active people are also less likely to feel depressed than other people.
“Having a headache” might be an age-old excuse not to have sex, but the scientific evidence says that, sex can help shift pain! Making love release oxytocin (the love hormone), and endorphin (feel good hormone), which can ease pain. Women headaches use to wanish after sex.
Sex will improve your self-esteem
Recent survey shows that participants who had sex regularly felt more confident about their bodies.
More sex will lower your blood pressure
Men and women had less stress problems and had lower blood pressure.
Researchers found that people coped better with stressful scenarios after sex. Protection is valid within 24 hours. Research has also shown that touching and cuddling during and after sex reduces the body’s levels of cortisol – the hormone that is secreted when you’re stressed.
Sex is natural sleeping pill
Both men and women release oxytocin (the love hormone) just before orgasm, and as it courses through your system, it promotes relaxation and sleepiness. Men usually fall asleep so quickly after sex.
Regular sex can boost oestrogen levels in post-menopausal women, and give protection against the osteoporosis (bone-thinning) that is triggered by a lack of oestrogen. Men can benefit too, as testosterone levels have been found to increase during and after sex, which can provide some protection against male osteoporosis.
Lower the risk of prostate cancer
Men who enjoy a regular sex life in their 50’s are at lower risk of developing prostate cancer. Sex clears the prostate of toxins which trigger prostate cancer. Several studies showed that monks use to have a higher chance of developing prostate cancer.
You will feel better all day
If you decide to start your day with a sex, according to research, the boost to your mood can hold you until the night.