9 Ways Love Makes You Healthier & Hotter


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How love is transforming you into your healthiest, hottest self.

6. Faster Cancer Recovery
Not only do married couples have lower cancer rates than singles, researchers at the University of Iowa found that ovarian cancer patients with satisfying relationships had stronger white blood cells, which kill cancerous cells, than those who didn't have healthy relationships. 

Additionally, YourTango expert Carmelia Ray writes, "studies that show even patients who are diagnosed with cancer have recovered from cancer treatment faster when they had strong family connections. Also, those in loving partnerships recovered quicker or completely eliminated the cancer with no scientific explanation other than the fact the patient had great love and support from close family and friends."

7. Boosts Athletic Performance
Staying longer at the gym? Beat your personal record on your last 10K? Your loving boyfriend could be the one to thank for your increased energy and fitness abilities. A study discovered that loving relationships boosts athletic performance, especially for those in a long-term relationship. And it makes sense too, in committed relationships, you're supported, motivated and feel confident. That's a feeling that's worthy of a gold medal in itself.

8. Keeps You Slim
Forget the juice cleanse, being in love can help you keep that extra weight off. When we're in loving relationships, our bodies produce adrenaline, which can act as an appetite suppressant — meaning less junk food and late-night snacks. Additionally, with your partner's support for better lifestyle changes, it's likely you'll be motivated to hit the gym to look and feel your best. 

And if that wasn't enough, sex with your partner is also keeping hot, from your clear skin to your strong immune system. 

9. Makes You Look Younger
You're not just living longer when you're in love, you're looking the part too. You've heard of the sex glow, but there's a love glow too. With increasing blood flow to the skin, being in a happy relationship gives your skin cells nutrients and oxygen to make you look physically younger.