Do you feel like cold and flu are always lurking around the corner, with the stress from the job, your relationship or the lack thereof, and a hundred other things we call ‘life’? Are you always stockpiling vitamins and scurrying away from anyone suspiciously coughing in the street, no matter what time of year it is?
Research on the efficacy of binging on vitamin C and Echinacea to fight off cold and flu is mixed, but few people realize that they have an undisputed defense weapon in their corner – sex! OK, I know that many people will roll their eyes at this claim. But similarly to stress, the link between orgasms and health is very well understood and backed by extensive scientific research. So take note – and this includes you, gym rats and salad eaters – because enjoying frequent orgasms, whether with a partner or from masturbation, might just be one of the healthiest things you could do for yourself.
Here’s how a good dose of sex can help you during the cold and flu season, whether you like to take it over the counter or have it administered in bed.
While you are busy enjoying the moment, your body is busy running side processes that boost your main defense shield – the immune system.
Experiments conducted by the Swiss neuroimmunologist Manfred Schedlowski revealed that the number of phagocytes – important defenders of the immune system that can recognize and destroy infected cells – increase by 50% after an orgasm.
His colleagues at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania also found a link between sexual activity and the production of immunoglobulin A, which protects mucous membranes and neutralizes viruses and toxins. According to their research, having sex 1-2 times a week will likely increase the level of these flu fighting antibodies in your body by almost 30%.
The levels of oxytocin and endorphin – the “happiness hormones” that have an analgesic effect, stimulate tissue healing, and help cope with insomnia – spike exponentially during orgasm.
Dopamine – the “pleasure hormone” actively produced during sex – helps alleviate stress and anxiety which are strong contributors to succumbing to cold and flu.
Regular sex also strengthens the cardiovascular system, reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. It’s a great aerobic exercise (especially if you really go at it!) that nourishes the body with oxygen and works out your respiratory organs, ultimately helping to prevent respiratory illnesses.
The immune system is important and all. But ladies, let’s be honest – for us, nothing trumps vanity. Let’s not forget how sex is a wonderful beauty remedy. Not only can it help you lose weight, it also helps keep your skin youthful thanks to the strong release of the “youth hormone” DHEA.
A regular dose of sex is also extremely beneficial for women as it helps strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and improves reproductive function.
And finally, regular sex helps improve self-esteem and strengthens the bond between partners. What other medication does that?
Dosage and Administration
The therapeutic effect of sex is not limited to regular sex with a partner or vaginal orgasm.
The main trigger behind the positive health effect of sex is pleasure, and it doesn’t matter whether you experience it through stimulating the clitoris or the G-spot, manually, orally, or with your favorite sex toy.
Sex with your loved one will likely bring you the best physiological and emotional release. But if you are single or cannot be with your partner, go ahead and self-medicate.
For example, you could use a vibrator. As an added bonus, if your favorite sex toy comes with a myostimulation feature, it will supplement the immune system boost with pelvic floor training.
This goes out to women of ALL ages: we can’t overstate the importance of pelvic muscle training for keeping things tight and sexy!
Just like it’s foolish to expect to reap the benefits of fitness from visiting the gym only a few times a year, the positive health benefits of sex are strongest when enjoyed regularly. Research opinions differ with regards to the optimal frequency, but most agree that sex is a drug best taken a minimum of 1-2 times a week.
Unlike most drugs and even vitamins, the side effects of sex on a healthy body are overwhelmingly positive.
Like vaccination, this medication is best taken by a healthy person. If pesky viruses have already attacked your body, use caution when taking this medication. Aside from the risk of infecting your partner, sex during a serious illness can affect your heart, increase inflammation, and further weaken your immune system.
However, if you have a mild cold and no fever, sex could be good for you as it activates the body’s defenses, ventilates the lungs, and helps reduce aches and pains. Just keep in mind not to expose your weakened body to an Olympic-style sex marathon.
Unless you have health issues, you can’t overdose on this medication. You can take as much as you like, as often as you like. Well, that is as long as your passion for sex doesn’t cross the line where it starts exhausting your body, leads to unsafe behavior, or gets in the way of going to work.
There is one exception to the latter: playing hooky occasionally to boost your immune system might be just what the doctor ordered.
Giving up all sexual activity, just like avoiding vaccination, is a choice.
It is worth remembering that by depriving yourself of sexual release, you not only deprive yourself of the beauty of intimacy, but you also put yourself at risk of a whole range of illnesses and disorders.
Complete abstinence in women can cause blood stagnation in the pelvic organs and loss of sensitivity in the erogenous zones. It can also worsen menopause symptoms and contribute to a variety of gynecological diseases including uterine prolapse.
Meanwhile, for men there is an increased risk of prostatitis and erectile dysfunction.
In both genders, in addition to reducing the body’s overall stamina, a lack of sexual activity can cause neurosis, fatigue, and low self-esteem. Multiple studies have shown that a lack of regular sex can lead to premature aging and shorter life expectancy.
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