Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sex is Good for You

Let's explore some of the more fun aspects of living a healthier life. Shall we?


Sex as an anti-depressant:
"Research has suggested that semen may have anti-depressant properties. In studies, women who did not use condoms but instead absorbed semen vaginally sustained a better mood. Research has not demonstrated that the semen is the cause or simple correlates with the ultimate cause of the difference in mood between women who use condoms and those that do not."


Low in calories:
"The average ejaculate contains about 3-5mL of fluid, is comprised of mostly sugars and various proteins. Overall, each ejaculate is between 5 and 7 calories. " from wiki answers.
"The components of semen come from two sources: sperm, and seminal plasma. Seminal plasma, in turn, is produced by contributions from the seminal vesicle, prostate, and bulbourethral glands. Seminal plasma of humans contains a complex range of organic and inorganic constituents. The seminal plasma provides a nutritive and protective medium for the spermatozoa during their journey through the female reproductive tract. "


Relieves Stress:
A big health benefit of sex is lower blood pressure and overall stress reduction. In a study, 24 women and 22 men kept records of their sexual activity. Then the researchers subjected them to stressful situations -- such as speaking in public and doing verbal arithmetic -- and noted their blood pressure response to stress.
Those who had intercourse had better responses to stress than those who engaged in other sexual behaviors or abstained.


Boosts Immunity:
Having sex once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A or IgA, which can protect you from getting colds and other infections. More than three times a week and you lose that immunity boost. Sorry.


Burns Calories:
Thirty minutes of fun can burn 85 calories or more. My bodybugg says a 45 minute session burned 91 calories. May not sound like a lot but it can add up over time. 42 half hour sessions would burn about 3570 calories: enough to lose a pound!


Better Cardiovascular Health:
Researchers 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. Some older folks may worry about stroke but frequency of sex was not associated with stroke in a study of 914 men who were followed around for 20 years.


Boosts Self Esteem:
"Boosting self-esteem was one of 237 reasons people have sex, collected by University of Texas researchers. Those who already have self-esteem say they sometimes have sex to feel even better and great sex begins with self-esteem, and it raises it. If the sex is loving, connected, and what you want, it raises it."


More Feelings of Intimacy:
"Having sex and orgasms increases levels of the hormone oxytocin, the so-called love hormone, which helps us bond and build trust. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of North Carolina evaluated 59 premenopausal women before and after warm contact with their husbands and partners ending with hugs. They found that the more contact, the higher the oxytocin levels."


Reduces Pain:
As the hormone oxytocin surges, endorphins increase, and pain declines. So if your headache, arthritis pain, or PMS symptoms seem to improve after sex, you can thank those higher oxytocin levels.


Reduces Prostate Cancer Risk:
Frequent ejaculations, especially in 20-something men, may reduce the risk of prostate cancer later in life. Men who have five or more ejaculations weekly while in their 20s reduced their risk of getting prostate cancer later by a third. It was also found that frequent ejaculations, 21 or more a month, were linked to lower prostate cancer risk in older men, as well, compared with less frequent ejaculations of four to seven monthly.


Better Sleep:
The oxytocin released during orgasm also promotes sleep, according to research. And better sleep leads to better moods, maintaining a healthy weight and better blood pressure. At least you know why he falls to sleep instantly.

4 comments:

  1. What a very informative post!

    Other than that, I really shouldn't leave any comments.

    LOVE

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  2. ::backs out of this post blushing::

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  3. Geesh When my hubby get's home he better watch out... I may jump his bones ...Hee Hee...

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  4. So THIS is what they meant by "boot camp?"

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