Health Benefits of Sex

Health Benefits of Sex

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There are three fundamental needs of males and females: hunger, thirst and sex! Most individuals would have no problem agreeing with that list. The health benefits of sex are measured, however, they are not commonly known. Research tells us everything we know about sex is even better than sex itself. Let’s face it; sex can be great and even fantastic when romance is added. Some of the known benefits of sex include:

 

  • Sex helps you live longer. Sex has been proven to reduce the mortality rate by 50 percent and increase life expectancy by three to eight years.
  • Sex strengthens your heart. In most cases, sex is considered a physical activity. You can burn the same number of calories in an hour as you can in a regular cardio workout. The better your sex, the better your workout.
  • Sex reduces loneliness. Closeness trumps loneliness! Oxytocin, a hormone responsible for childbirth and lactation, can also stimulate smooth muscle contractions in the walls of the sperm ducts. This feel good hormone is responsible for bonding and rises in both genders during sexual arousal and peaks at orgasm.
  • Sex strengthens bones, muscles and blood circulation. Testosterone levels in both genders increase and help improve bones and muscles growth. Blood circulation also benefits the brain, which increases the heart rate and deep breathing.
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  • Sex gets rids of headaches. So we can’t use that as an excuse anymore. Opioids have a similar effect on the body as the drugs opium and morphine. When endorphins, one of the four classes of opioids, increase they provide a natural tranquilizing response to pain reduction.
  • Sex helps fight depression, stress and overeating. As neurotransmitters are properly excited by dopamine, or inhibited by serotonin and dopamine, depression, stress and overeating are reduced. Dopamine helps combat depression and creates focus. Serotonin regulates mood stability, food cravings, pain, the sleep cycle and increases the immune system. Most of us are relaxed and sleepy after a nice romp between the sheets!
  • Sex increases the body’s sense of smell. After a passion  filled event, the hormone prolactin increases. Found in the olfactory bulb of the brain where smell is formed, prolactin causes the brain’s stem cells grow new neurons.


Aphrodisiacs
Let’s make a complete circle and address some aphrodisiacs for the thirst and hunger drives. The Greeks, Romans and Aztecs used food and drink (dilated vessels increase blood flow) as a means of foreplay.

The Gourmet Sleuth suggests the following aphrodisiacs for the palette:

 

  • Quench your thirst with a glass of wine. Drinking the fruit of longevity is a great way to relax, promote blood circulation and stimulate your senses. But beware! More than two glasses of wine can ruin the mood and have a reverse affect.
  • Grab the Champagne glasses! According to the Australian Orchid Society, Old Totonac lore says Xanat, the young daughter of the Mexican fertility goddess, loved a Totonac youth but was unable to marry him because of her divine nature. So she transformed herself into a vanilla plant that would provide pleasure and happiness. Fill tall Champagne glasses to the rim and add a vanilla bean for a heady, bubbly treat.
  • Caffeinate! Coffee in small amounts dilates blood vessels increasing blood flow, but too much will suppress serotonin levels.
  • Have some eye candy. Food of phallic SP? shape were eye candy for the ancients. Foods like bananas, carrots, asparagus and avocado, which resembles male testicles as it grows in pairs on the tree, and figs and oysters, both of which represent the female genitalia, are great examples of some fun — and healthy — eye candy.
  • Go Nutty. Many other foods and herbs like almonds, broccoli rapini, chocolate, fennel, pine nuts, pineapple, strawberries and raspberries inspire romance.
  • Herbs. Sucking on anise seeds, arugula, asafetida, basil or cilantro; adding a small crushed clove of garlic to a vinaigrette; using ginger, mustard or nutmeg; or eating truffles, licorice or honey can also enhance your mood.
  • Set the mood. Prepare a low setting table with lit candles and a few pillows to relax on. Enjoy the ambiance and intimacy that sex brings, knowing that there are many health benefits that go beyond the pleasure of lovemaking.

PHOTO CREDITS:
Photo: Neysa Ruhl Photography
Location: Fischer Homes
Model: Elizabeth Mayer
Makeup Artistry: Jocelyn Sparks, Zoë Custom Cosmetics