Sensational Sex for Your Health

The next time your partner makes an advance that you are not ready for, you may want to think twice before your response is, “I have a headache”.
Here’s why:
1. A vigorous bout of sex can burn about 200 calories, some of us have to spend 30-45 minutes on the treadmill working up a sweat all by ourselves…certainly not as much fun as “doing” it together
2. Hormones are released during sex that contribute to good health and a positive state of mind. These hormones are:
a. oxytocin and endorphins natures way to relive pain (from headaches and PMS) and create a sense of exhilaration
b. prolactin affects neurons in the brain that increase the sense of smell
c. Prostoglandins (found in semen) may be absorbed by a woman reducing symptoms of depression
3. For men in particular having sex 3 or more times/week has been shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer and cut the risk of heart attacks and stroke in half
4. Semen contains nutrients (protein, Vit. C , zinc, calcium and other minerals) that have been shown to boost your immune system
5. An orgasm is relaxing and can improve the quality of sleep
6. Immunoglobin A raises the body’s immunity to the common cold and flu
7. Deepens emotional bonds between partners
8. Sex costs nothing, unless you want to use props, and it’s fun
9. Boosts self-esteem
10. Responses to stress improve after sex vs. responses to stress after other types of sexual behaviors or by people who completely abstain from sex, emotional bonds

Anyone want to share some benefits that I may have not mentioned?

For those of you who are concerned with what happens to sex as we get older there is good news. A 2007 study that interviewed over 3,000 people 57-85 years old was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. It found that “the proportion of sexually active couples that engage in oral sex, for example, hovered at around 50 percent for those under 75. More than half of men and a quarter of women, whether they had a sexual partner or not, acknowledged masturbating.”
Another important outcome of the study revealed that “many men and women remain sexually active–participating in vaginal intercourse, oral sex and masturbation–well into their 70s and 80s.”
How’s that for good news?!

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Valerie Goldstein

Valerie raises the bar for health and nutrition know how with unconventional expertise and unconditional support for wellness.

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