Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Ten Health Benefits Fifty Shades of Grey Can Offer
By OFW editor:
Published: September 30, 2013
Although I’m reluctant to admit this, all the horny housewives that love reading the FSOG trilogy because they find it “hot” are probably healthier than those of us who found it yawn-worthy. Why? Sex is good for you. When they close the book and hunt down their unsuspecting significant other, they’re doing something good for their bodies. Yes, the boys have been telling the ladies that sex is good for them for a really long time, and they’re right.
1. Stress reliever
Sex can lower blood pressure and reduce stress. One study looked at women’s heart rates and cortisol levels as a measure of stress response. It found women showed less stress after good sex with a partner. The key words here are “good sex.” So, do with that what you will.
2. Boosts immunity
Good sexual health can mean better physical health. Having sex once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of antibodies that can protect you from getting colds and other infections. I wonder, if we have sex every day, would we be become immortal?
3. Burns calories
Thirty minutes of sex burns around 85 calories. The more sex you have, the more you burn. Thirty minutes….pffft.
4. Improves cardiovascular health
Sex increases levels of estrogen in women, which protects against heart disease. So, it’s like beans, without the farting.
5. Boosts self-esteem
Researchers at the University of Texas found that a self-esteem boost was one of 237 reasons people have sex. Amazing, eh? More interesting is that there are 237 reasons to have sex. I usually just have one reason.
6. Improves intimacy
Orgasm and the act of intercourse increase levels of oxytocin, the so-called love hormone. It helps us bond and build trust. I know a lot of folks building self-trust.
7. Pain reliever
As the hormone oxytocin surges, endorphins increase and pain decreases. So if your headache, muscle aches or PMS symptoms seem to improve after sex, go ahead and thank the oxytocin. Sadly, oxytocin doesn’t work as long as say, ibuprofen or Tylenol.
8. Strengthens pelvic floor muscles
Bring on the Kegels! Doing a few of these exercises during intercourse offers several benefits. Women have more pleasure; they’re strengthening their pelvic area and helping to minimize the risk of incontinence later in life. Nobody wants incontinence.
9. Prevents Prostate Cancer
Frequent ejaculations, especially in 20-something men, may lower the risk of getting prostate cancer later in life, some research shows. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that men who had 21 or more ejaculations a month, were less likely to get prostate cancer than those who had four to seven ejaculations per month. Good thing they don’t need us to ejaculate, eh ladies?
10. Sleep aid
According to researchers, oxytocin released during orgasm also helps you catch more z’s. So, don’t blame your partner for rolling over and drifting off to dreamland instead of cuddling. It’s the oxytocin, not the rejection of your feelings.
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