There is an overwhelming amount of evidence that sex is great for your health! Having an amorous interlude an average of 3 times a week burns up 35,000 kilojoules, which is equal to running 130 km in a year. Sex increases your testosterone levels which fortify your bones and muscles and supply you with good cholesterol. Endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain killers, are released during sex and are good for relieving headache, whiplash and arthritis.
The hormone DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is also released just prior to orgasm, and improves cognition, builds the immune system, inhibits tumour growth and builds bones. In a woman, (US ladies), the hormone that arouses the desire to be touched is released in large doses during sex and her oestrogen levels also increase. Dr Harold Bloomfield, in his book The Power of Five, showed how oestrogen is associated with better bones and a better cardiovascular system in women. The effect of all these hormones is to protect the heart and extend life, so more sex equals longer life and less stress. The list of benefits for having a vibrant sex life is getting longer and longer.
Source: “How Sex Improves Your Health,” from Why Men Don’t Listen & Women Can’t Read Maps, by Allan & Barbara Pease
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