Friday, February 10th, 2012

Fall in Love to Rise in Health

A racing heart beat, with an altered biochemistry within your body are the signs of being in love. Love not only makes you feel calm and secure, but various emerging evidences suggest about the health benefits of love too. On Valentine’s Day read on to find out how your pheromones, hormones, skin, in fact, your overall body respond, when you barter your heart to a loved one.

My Health Guardian tells you how love keeps you healthy. Start reading to rise in love…

Love gives you a healthy life, how?

1. It protects your heart: Men as well as women who have sex twice or more a week are up to 45% less likely to have a heart attack and stroke than those who have sex once a month or less, according to several studies informs, Dr Rajneesh Kapoor Director Interventional Cardiology Medanta-the- Medicity.

2. It helps you fight cortisol: The feeling of being loved triggers the release of several neuro-transmitters such as dopamine, neuro-hormones like oxytocin and neuro-peptides like endorphin, which carry happy chemicals that create a positive effect on your internal and physical wellbeing, thereby dispelling the disease-and-stress-inducing negative chemicals out of your body, explains Dr Jitendra Nagpal, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (VIMHANS) and Moolchand Medcity, New Delhi. Moreover, with the release of oxytocin, the feelings of contentment, calmness and a sense of security gets evoked, which lowers your stress quotient.

3. It keeps you fit physically. Studies say the act of teasing or getting naughty with your beloved makes you do an excellent aerobic exercise because it raises the heart beat and pumps oxygen around the body which improves the immune system, boosts circulation and keeps you lean. And if you get into a vigorous ‘under the sheet act’ it helps burn calories varying from 85 to 200 depending on the intensity and duration, tells Nisha Varma Delhi-based Reebok certified trainer. Moreover it also builds the muscles of the pelvis, buttocks, thighs, arms, neck and the thorax. The pelvic floor muscles build through sexual act. This helps to prevent conditions like urinary continence and improves core strength, further elaborates Varma.

4. It makes your skin glow. Remember the old Dove soap ad, ‘Is it love or Dove?’ A sweet talk, a little foreplay or the entire act is good for the health of your skin. Being in love balances your hormone levels which makes your skin glow. The ‘love workout’ increases your blood circulation, retards ageing and boosts collagen production which decreases age spots and improves skin tone, says Dr Sheilly Kapoor, Consultant Dermatology, Medanta-the-Medicity.

5. It keeps disease at bay: Studies have shown that lovemaking increases the level of immunoglobulin A, an antibody that is the body’s first line of defence in fighting bugs that cause diseases and infections informs Dr Arti Anand, Clinical Psychologist at Ganga Ram.

6. It makes you feel secure: A fulfilling relationship with your partner helps you overcome your daily challenges – a difficult boss, rush hour traffic, rising prices and random rudeness from strangers, etc. – and multiplies your joys.

So now fall in love to lead a happier, healthier and satisfied life. Believe it getting healthy will be so much fun.

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