It’s no secret that sexual satisfaction is a critical component of our overall quality of life. But new studies are taking it a step further by revealing that a healthy sex life can offer anti-aging benefits. Recent research suggests that having regular sex can make us look up to seven years younger.
The alchemy of hormones released during the sacred act of love, including oxytocin, serotonin, norepinephrine, vasopressin, prolactin, and phenylethylamine, are responsible for a plethora of delightful health benefits, such as fortifying our immune system, enhancing the quality of our slumber, reducing blood pressure, and sharpening our memory.
Consistently reaping these rewards plays a vital role in our overall physical, emotional, and psychological health. We seek out intimacy because it brings us joy, but the truth is, it’s not just about the thrill of the moment. It goes deeper than that. It’s an elemental aspect of our very existence, a life-sustaining force. So, prioritizing healthy and regular sex might be just what the doctor ordered.
Here are some reasons why sex acts as an anti-aging prescription for better health:
Physiologically, when we engage in active and fulfilling sexual experiences, our bodies release a cascade of pleasure hormones, including the Human Growth Hormone. This hormone has become such a coveted anti-aging treatment that research and products surrounding it have turned into a multi-billion dollar industry.
Makes Us Feel Good
When we surrender to the bliss of orgasm, something magical happens within us. Our hormone levels skyrocket, particularly the hormone oxytocin which is linked to our passions, our gut instincts, and our ability to connect with others.
This surge of hormones, along with the release of physical and emotional tension, almost reboots us from the inside out. When we engage in healthy intimate relationships, we reap the rewards of stress relief, a boost in mood, and even anti-aging benefits. It’s all connected.
During sex, our bodies also release a plethora of endorphins, the feel-good chemicals that act as natural painkillers, reduce anxiety, aid in sleeping, and boost blood circulation. These are more than enough reasons to prioritize a healthy sex life!
Helps with Detox
Having sex gives our bodies a complete lymphatic massage, which jumpstarts the natural detoxification process. Our lymphatic system is the most complex network of tissues and organs in the body, dedicated to removing waste and toxins. This system helps fight infections and delivers white-blood-cell-rich lymph throughout the body. Our bodies rely on muscle and joint contractions to distribute lymph because there is no pump to move it around. Some physical activities like sex can help lymph circulate, kick-starting the detox process.
Having an orgasm has been shown to significantly reduce stress in the body. It also aids in deeper relaxation by boosting our endorphin levels and working to flush out cortisol. So, go ahead – you know you want to!
There’s definitely something special about that post-sex glow. When we have an orgasm, our levels of DHEA spike in the body. This hormone improves brain function, helps maintain and repair tissues, and promotes healthy skin. Studies have found that having stress-free sex at least three times a week is directly associated with looking a decade younger.
Sex can increase the levels of Immunoglobulin A (IgA), a type of antibody that is present in the mucous membranes, such as the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, and helps fight antigens in the body. In a trial, it was found that adults who had sexual intimacy 1-2 times a week had significantly higher levels of IgA in their saliva than those who reported less frequent intimate encounters.
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