Tuesday, 15 November 2011
How great sex can help you live longer
Everyone knows that good sex feels fabulous at any age. But what’s not as well known is that a regular roll in the hay can also add up to eight years to your life expectancy. Not only that, but the more orgasms you have, the longer you can expect to live.
Regular sex improves hormone levels, heart health and brain power and revs up your immune system – so you can hold on to your youth while you enjoy yourself.
Aim for orgasm
It’s not just the amount of sex you’re having that counts when it comes to adding years to your life – it’s the quality, too. One study discovered that orgasms can increase the body’s infection-fighting cells by up to 20%.
Even more impressive is the fact that regular orgasms make men twice as likely to live into old age as those who don’t have sex and women to live up to eight years longer. Having an orgasm floods the body with mood-boosting chemicals and promotes relaxation, as well as bonding couples emotionally.
Several studies have shown happily married couples are likely to live longer than singles or those in negative relationships. And it’s not just the men who reap serious benefits. Women who have two orgasms a week are up to 30% less likely to develop heart disease than those who don’t enjoy sex.
Make the most of it: Boost your orgasm potential by investing in a sex toy
Years added: Up to eight
Cuddling isn’t just an enjoyable aspect of good sex – it also helps to release the “bonding hormone” oxytocin, which has been linked to life expectancy. Babies and even animals that are deprived of this hormone, which is triggered by positive touching, often fail to thrive.
Research has found that oxytocin can dramatically boost longevity and people in relationships are less vulnerable to chronic diseases and depression.
Make the most of it: Even if you’re not in the mood, a cuddle can trigger a rush of oxytocin and make you want to get closer – but only with your beloved, as it is produced in greater quantities with a familiar partner.
Years added: Seven