Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Active Sex Life Lowers Stress! Learn the Facts

How would you react, if your doctor prescribed regular sex with a loved one on the prescription along with medicines? Well, it turns out that the health benefits of regular sex extend beyond the bedroom. Turns out that sex is good for you wellbeing in ways you may have never imagined.

 

Claim # 1
Sex lowers stress.

You have heard and read about it, but do you believe it. Let’s see what the researchers have to say.

Fact

In one study, researchers found that daily intercourse for two weeks led to cell growth in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that keeps stress levels under control.

Disclaimer: This study was tested on rats, not us feisty folks, but it might still help explain that post-coital bliss.

In another study, people who had daily intercourse for two weeks showed lower stress-related blood pressure than those who chose to fool around in other ways or abstain from sex altogether. (Solo sessions didn’t cut it either.)

And more good news: The body also releases oxytocin (aka the love hormone) when two become one— it acts as a natural sedative and can trigger feelings of compassion.

But, it isn’t as simple as it sounds. Stress and sex share catch -69 situation, a cruel irony. What is supposed to be the balm for frayed nerves is actually the first thing,that gets sacrificed when you are stressed. The solution lies in scheduling sex, just the way you do for the rest of the essentials.

Claim # 2

Regular sex keeps you young

Fact
Couples who have sex at least three times a week look more than 10 years younger than the average adult who makes love twice a week, says consultant neuro-psychologist Dr David Weeks, head of old age psychology at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital who has made a 10-year study of the subject.

“Pleasure derived from sex is a crucial factor in preserving youth. It makes us happy and produces chemicals telling us so,” he claims. A good sex life leads to greater contentment, significant reductions in stress, better sleep and, in men, an increase in testosterone output.

He concluded that genetic factors were only 25 per cent responsible for youthful looks while behaviour was 75 per cent the cause. And one of the main behavioural factors was sex as part of a long-term relationship. Casual encounters with many different partners did not have the same effect, it was found. ‘

Claim # 3
Sex promotes a healthier heart and a strong immune system.

Fact
In a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, scientists found that having sex twice or more a week reduced the risk of fatal heart attack by half for the men, compared with those who had sex less than once a month. A recent study also found that greater sexual activity in older men might protect them against prostate cancer. Orgasms are thought to fight infection – increasing the number of infection-fighting cells by up to 20 per cent.

Claim # 4
Sex is a good calorie burner.

Fact
A session of sex can burn between 80 to 200 calories in 30 minutes of sexual intercourse. Naturally, this depends on the position you choose and how energetic your lovemaking is. Combination of foreplay and other forms of intimacy with intercourse can yield varying degrees of calorie burn.
Let’s assume that on each lovemaking you burn about 100 calories. If you have sex 3 times a week you will burn 300 calories each week or 1200 calories each month (or maybe a bit more since a month is slightly longer than 4 weeks).
In a year, this will amount to 14,400 calories that you will have burned by having sex alone. As a pound of fat takes 3,500 calories to burn, you’re looking at a total loss of an extra 4 pounds of fat from your body! Not too bad for having fun, right?

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