Thursday, February 28, 2013

7 Benefits Of Being Intimate

A blog repost, turned into men's perspective,
of the original article done by Meagan Morris for Cosmopolitan, published at 
Click here for the original article.


Okay, we know sex is all about maxing out pleasure. But it turns out it's good for your health, too. Jennifer Landa, MD, chief medical officer of BodyLogicMD and author of The Sex Drive Solution for Women gives us the low-down on the health benefits of sex.


1. It Boosts Your Brain
Sex increases your body's dopamine levels-the hormone that improves your memory and motivation. So basically climaxing is the gift that keeps on giving.

2. It Burns Calories
Don't feel like hitting the gym? Grab your gal and head to the bedroom. A 30-minute romp in the sheets can burn upwards of 150 calories. That's like running a mile on the treadmill!

3. It Destresses You
We're all stressed to the max-and all that worry releases the stress hormone cortisol. The problem with cortisol? Having too much of it in your blood stream can lead to everything from high blood sugar to weight gain. When you get your freak on, it helps you relax, lowering the stress levels in your body.

4. It Keeps You Healthy
Regular sex with your partner can actually prevent colds, thanks to the hormone prolactin. This hormone has an important role in strengthening the immune system by increasing the production of T and B lymphocytes (aka immune cells). We'll take that over chicken soup any day.

5. It Helps You Sleep
When you have sex, the cuddle hormone oxytocin is released. That increases your bond with your partner, but it also helps you sleep. How cool is that?

6. It Makes You Bendy
Think of sex like a good strength training session: You use a ton of muscle groups during a good ahhhhs. And it's a lot more fun than doing squats at the gym for an hour.

7. It's Good for Your Heart
The hormone testosterone is good for the heart. Sex helps increase the release of the hormone, which in turn improves your energy levels and strengthens vital body parts, like your muscles, bones, and heart.