I LOVE Valentine’s Day simply because it’s a great excuse to get romantic! Not that you need an excuse, but the love hearts, the chocolates or the aroma of a beautiful bunch of flowers can all help to increase our desires and feelings of love, which may just put us in the mood for a bit of sexy time!
However, it might be good to know that having sex and sharing those intimate moments could actually be beneficial to your health on so many levels, including helping you to stay looking younger! Sex boosts our levels of a human’s anti-ageing hormone DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) – a key factor in keeping us young. After orgasm, levels of DHEA in the blood rise to five times the normal level. Apparently, couples in their 60s still having regular sex looked between five and seven years younger than those no longer having sex.
According to ‘experts’, the faster blood flow during sex increases the level of oxygen in the body, promoting skin renewal. Sweating while having sex cleanses the skin pores, making the skin look brighter, giving an overall healthier glow.
Also during sex the body significantly increases the production of oestrogen, a hormone that tightens the skin and smooths fine lines on the face, but it also increases the heart rate and stimulates the brain to release more serotonin. Serotonin is a happiness hormone, a key anti-depressant and the main reason to smile after sex.
Sex also gives you far greater body confidence, because sex is a workout and people who are having sex regularly have better tone and shape. Just a minimum of 20 minutes of sex means burning at least 200 calories. This is like running 15 minutes on a treadmill (but way more fun).
The fitter we are, the better we feel, but not only do we feel good, men and women who often have sex cope better with stress and have lower blood pressure than those who abstain. Regular sex (twice a week) has been linked to an increase of three to eight years in a person’s lifespan.
This could also be connected to the fact that more sex helps us to sleep better, which of course is beneficial to health. Oxytocin, which both the male and female body produces at orgasm, helps with insomnia. It’s the reason why so many people (especially men) fall asleep as soon as they have climaxed.
Another major health benefit for men is that a high ejaculation frequency and sexual activity are linked to a lower risk of prostate cancer later in life. A study found out that men who ejaculated 13 to 20 times monthly presented a 14 per cent lower risk of prostate cancer than men who ejaculated between four and seven times monthly for most of their adult life. Those ejaculating over 21 times a month presented a 33 per cent decreased risk of developing prostate cancer. Sex cleanses the prostate of toxins that could trigger cancerous changes.
Can sex really protect you from colds and flu too? Yes. It raises the level of immunoglobulins (IgA) in the body, increasing protection against colds and flu. Not only this, if you are looking at increasing the quality of sperm then you need to have more sex! Tests show that sperm quality lowers through abstinence, particularly after ten days.
Perhaps one of the most significant benefits of all is this – the more active your sex life, the more attractive you become to others. High sexual activity makes the body release more pheromones, chemicals that attract other people to you and make you more desirable. The more desirable you feel, the more you will be in the mood for sex and the healthier and happier you may be!
Love is all you need! Happy Valentine’s!