We Tell You How Sex Is Good For Your Mind And Body
Ladies and gentlemen, if I’m to be honest, sex seems to be pretty much the only thing on the planet that not only feels good but also IS good for you. Most other things like pizza, alcohol, video games, Keeping up with the Kardashians, toxic relationships…all come with a ‘feel-good’ phase only to be followed by a ‘feel-horribly-bad’ phase. But sex? It never disappoints. It’s like a rollercoaster ride with highs and no lows (for the most part).But you knew that already. Here’s something you might not have known though: The reason sex feels so good, according to scientists, is that during lovemaking, our bodies produce a torrent of hormones (among other things) that helps soothe pain, lower cancer risk, boost immunity, and even offset menopausal symptoms.
Then again, I’m in no way saying that sex is like holy water-- that cures all ailments. What I’m trying to say is that sex is like Sriracha sauce that just makes everything a little better.
On that optimistically spicy note, here are the 6 amazing ways sex can be a total party for your mind and body:
1. Sex is like an instant recharge for your immunity:
Sex experts claim that sexually active people take fewer days off work due to sickness, and I’m smart enough not to question that.
Researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania found that college students who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of immunoglobulins A, that protects against cold and flu, compared to students who had sex less often. But remember, unsafe sex does not count because chances are, you will be introducing more pathogens into your body than your immune system would be eliminating. Team up sex with healthy food, exercise and plenty of sleep and you would basically be invincible!
2. Sex is good for your hypertensive self:
One landmark study in 2005 found that sexual intercourse lowers systolic blood pressure. There are two theories to why this happens – either because sexual intercourse involves complex brain activity and release of hormones, or because it stimulates a number of important nerves that are not triggered otherwise when you masturbate or indulge in any other form of intercourse. Most cardiologists rank intercourse as a mild-to-moderate-intensity exercise that promotes heart health just as well as brisk walking if not more. So, all in all, if you suffer from hypertension or a heart condition, having more sex could be a good idea for you.
3. Sex definitely counts as exercise:
You read that right. While you’re having sex, your body is burning 5 calories per minute…that’s 300 calories an hour! Maybe you should clear your calendar a little to incorporate 60 minutes of amorous activities every day after all. I mean, just think about it…this could be the most fun workout in the world.
4. Sex can be a powerful alternative to painkillers:
Reach for an orgasm before an aspirin the next time. Stimulation of the genitalia triggers the release of endorphins, corticosteroids, and other natural painkillers. This benefit, that begins before you even orgasm, can linger for up to 2 days! Barry Komisaruk, PhD, a Rutgers University psychology professor, and co-author of The Science of Orgasm found that women could withstand painful pressure to their fingers while they were stimulated with sex toys and during orgasm, this pain tolerance doubled! “Self-stimulation was also found to increase pain tolerance threshold by up to 50%,” reported Komisaruk.
5. Sex may boost your memory:
A 2010 study found that, compared to rats who were allowed a single ‘one-night-stand’, rodents who engaged in regular sex (once every day for 14 days) grew more neurons in the hippocampus, a region of the brain associated with memory. These findings were corroborated by a second study later, also in mice. My advice is to you: No harm indulging in a little more fornication…for your health, if nothing.
6. Sex combats sex like nobody’s business:
Have a big meeting or an occasion of public speaking coming up? Engage in coitus before…seriously! Caressing and hugging release your body's natural “feel-good hormones” that help lower blood pressure, calming the nerves. Sex also revs up your brain’s pleasure and reward centre, boosts your confidence, and gives you a jolt of happiness.
So, I suggest you open that dust-laden Kamasutra textbook you got as a naughty present from your friends and touch up your skills. Every minute you waste, you’re basically missing out on burning 5 calories…and the other wonderful benefits that come from glow-inducing, passionate, relaxing, world-rocking sex.