Great news! Sex is good for you (and fun, too).
Sex keeps you young and healthy! Wouldn't it be wonderful if someone told us ice cream keeps us young and healthy, too? There is no better news than hearing that something you enjoy is beneficial for both your physical and mental health.
Recently, physicians, researchers, and alternative health practitioners have all agreed. How rare is that? They agree that sexual intercourse provides a huge amount of mental, physical, and spiritual benefits (yes, spiritual too).
Sexual energy is part of our natural body, and when expressed in a healthy context (between two consenting adults) it can create an intimate connection that rises above just a moment of chemistry. It allows individuals to enjoy a deeper, more meaningful, or spiritual connection.
The physical benefits of sex not only include lowering your blood pressure, reducing your cholesterol, and increasing circulation, but also release oxytocin into the blood stream. Just prior to orgasm, your body increases serotonin which is a crucial "wellness" hormone. As it increases, feelings of "well being" improve your mood.
Additionally, sex has been proven to help you live longer. Who doesn't want to live healthy, happy, and longer? Research at Queens University in Belfast, and published as a study in the British Medical Journal, followed 1,000 middle-aged men over the course of ten years. The study reviewed the comparison of men with similar health, habits, and age, and demonstrated that men who reported the highest frequency of orgasm lived (on average) twice as long as those that did not enjoy sex.
Many researchers have also done studies on tantric sex, which includes extending orgasm over longer periods of time. The longer the orgasm, the more endorphins are released, which act as natural anti-depressants.
Now, if that isn't enough to send you straight into your lover's arms, how about the added benefit of sex helping with weight loss? Yes, sex stimulates the production of phenetylamine, which helps calm food cravings by regulating appetite.
Finally, everyone knows that sex is wonderful for stress relief and to beat insomnia, but isn't it great when someone reminds you?