They used to say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well, it's 2017 now, and I'm here to update that old adage. You can do away with the apples. Turns out it's actually regular humping that will keep you healthy.
I'm not a medical professional, but I've been doing a lot of research on the Internet--which is essentially both a doctor and a therapist to me--and this claim has actually been substantiated. With science and tests and studies and by psychologists and stuff.
Let me explain why sex is not a luxury, but an actual necessity for your life and your health. (I swear this is not a sponsored post by your boyfriend.)
Want to stay healthy all year so you can rack up your sick days and use them for a trip to the Bahamas? Well, “sexually active people take fewer sick days,” says Yvonne K. Fulbright, PhD a sexual health expert. Why? HERE'S WHY!
- It lowers your systolic blood pressure
- It helps your testosterone and estrogen levels balance
- It improves your bladder control by strengthening your pelvic wall (important as you get older, and for people like me who pee 3 thousand times a day)
- People who have sex were found to have higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A (IgA), which helps fight colds and flu
- Improves chronic pain. Have bad cramps, a heavy flow, back pain, or a migraine? Surprisingly, having sex can actually alleviate and/or improve all those symptoms.
There's also a correlation between sex and mental health. Meaning, the more sex you have, the happier you'll be. That's because sex...
- Improves your libido
- Reduces stress (the release of endorphins help relax your mind)
- And helps you get sounder sleep. That's because the hormone prolactin is released during sex, which is also released when we sleep. Wonder why you get sleepy after sex? Besides the physical workout (YES, SEX DOES COUNT AS EXERCISE) the hormone might have something to do with it.
Sex and Your Relationship
It's estimated that between 15-20% of marriages are sexless. That means doing the deed less than 10 times per year. Let's not forget that like 50% of marriages end in divorce. OKAY, I'M DONE BEING A BUZZKILL NOW.
Why is sex so important for your relationship? Well, every time you get down, your body releases oxytocin, commonly referred to as "the love hormone." It's also released when you cuddle and mothers have it with their newborn children. So when you're intimate with your partner and the hormone is released, you experience feelings of connection, trust, and closeness on an actual chemical level.
What I'm saying is this: all you stage 5 clingers out there can use science to keep your significant other close to you forever and ever and ever!!!
So next time you're debating whether or not to hop in the sack, remember: humping is good for your health.
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