I personally know exactly why I should be having sex every day: it makes my beard grow, improves my bear fighting abilities, and makes me at least 2 inches taller. But that’s me, and you might not have a beard, want to fight bears, and are comfortable with being short. So, I turned to my good buddy, science, for the top 7 reasons you should be having sex as near to constantly as you can…
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1. Sex Keeps You Fit
A study released in the scientific journal PLOS one found that, in young people, sex burns an average of 4.2 calories a minute for men and 3.1 calories a minute for women. It is estimated that if you have moderately active sex twice a week, you’ll burn an extra 5,000 calories a year! That’s an exercise program I can get behind (pun intended).
2. Sex Keeps You Young
Having high levels of the natural steroid DHEA, known as “the anti-aging hormone”, is believed to be key to keeping your body fitter for longer. During sex, DHEA is secreted throughout the body, and after an orgasm, the level in the bloodstream soars to five times its normal amount. Also, the hormone estrogen is pumped out (pun intended) during sex, which can in turn have a plumping effect on the skin, helping to smooth out those fine lines – especially following menopause, when a woman’s estrogen levels naturally drop.
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3. Sex Makes You Healthier
A study done in Scotland showed that people who had more sex, specifically women, had lower blood pressure than women who abstained from sex. Researchers at Brigham Young university found the exact same results. On top of that (pun intended), a study in Australia also found people who climaxed at least three times a week had a 50% lower chance of dying for any medical reason than those who only climaxed once a month.
4. Sex is Good for Your Skin
Since sex is technically an aerobic form of exercise, researchers at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital have determined that sex is great for your skin. Their research found that vigorous sex pumps (pun intended) higher levels of oxygen around the body, increasing the flow of blood and nutrients to the skin, and pushes newer, fresher skin cells to the surface, making skin look healthier. just ask Dr. Marko Lens, who said “This is my clinical experience, but women who are having regular sex have much better skin than women who don’t. A good sex life means better skin.”
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5. Sex Can Make Your Day
If you are like me, the first 20 minutes of your morning can often determine how the rest of the day is going to go. Dr Debby Herbenick found that adults who had sex first thing in the morning were not only more upbeat for the rest of the day, but they also benefited from a stronger immune system than those people who simply opted for a cup of coffee and some toast. Morning sex can help you start your day off with a bang (pun totally intended).
6. Sex Gets Rid of Menstrual Cramps
Nope, I’m not making this one up as an excuse for men to use when women have cramps, science proved this one too. The theory is that muscle contractions that occur when women reach peak levels of excitement relieve tension in the muscles of your uterus – the very ones that cause menstrual cramps in the first place. Relieving that tension in those muscles therefore eases the pain of menstrual cramps. According to Dr. Jennie Campbell Leslie, sex is good for all sorts of period related issues.
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7. Sex Gets Rid of Pain
Again, I’m not making this one up. According to Dr. Barry R. Komisaruk from Rutgers University “Orgasms can block pain. We’ve found that vaginal stimulation can block chronic back and leg pain, and many women have told us that genital self-stimulation can reduce menstrual cramps, arthritic pain, and in some cases even headache”.
So don’t just take my word for it, take science’s word for it: You Should Be Having More Sex. Like right now…