by Kiersten Hallie Krum
Beyond the requisite happy ending, sex does a body good. Turns out, the health properties of getting it on can really help you, well, keep getting on.
Calorie burner: On average, sex reportedly burns about 85 calories. How did they come up with that average, do you think? Timed trials? Imagine if you had more than one sex “session” a night. You might never use an elliptical again.
Protect yourself: Sex can act as an immunity builder. Higher levels of antibodies were found in people who had sex once or twice a week and it’s those little suckers that ward off infections and stuff like the common cold. So next time you need a little boost, put down the OJ and jump on your honey. Just maybe take a decongestant first. Nobody finds phlegm sexy.
Sex also works to alleviate pain since the body produces the oxytocin hormone during sex, which releases endorphins that make just about every ache and pain feel very far, far away. If that knee injury is pinging or those back twinges start acting up, bang them back into shape with some banging.
Put your heart into it: Sex improves cardiovascular health. It makes your heart pound, sure, but women who have more sex produce higher levels of estrogen which helps guard against cardiovascular disease.
Sex makes you feel good: Well, yes, like that, but also because it boosts self-esteem and creates intimacy. Oxytocin is called the love hormone for a damn good reason and the more it’s released–by having more sex, in case that wasn’t clear–the better women (and men) feel, about themselves and about their partners. Sure sex can be casual and fun, but at its best, it’s deeply intimate and helps build bonds of trust between partners. And done right, it can make you feel fantastic about yourself. In fact, studies show that getting a self-esteem boost is one of more than 200 reasons people give for having sex.
Sleep on it: Oxytocin, the hormone released by orgasm and having sex, also helps you get more and better sleep. So ladies, when your guy passes out right after glimpsing heaven, it’s not you, it’s hormones.
Our bodies are wondrous vessels that were made for many things. To be strong. To produce life (if we choose to). To nurture. To be amazing. To have sex and enjoy all its many benefits. So the next time your doctor asks “Are you sexually active?” feel free to reply, “How do you think I got so healthy?”
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