There are a few things I know are good for me, like kale, for example. Everyone tells me that kale is good.
Also, drinking enough water is good for me, as well as exercise.
Sex can do things like alleviate menstrual cramps, decrease your anxiety, and even make you look younger. Why has no one ever told me this before?
I reached out to Dr. Logan Levkoff, sex expert, and did a little research to find out some of the benefits of daily sex that will make you want to hop in bed right now.
1. It Fosters Intimacy
"Daily sex means daily emotional and physical intimacy with a partner. That connection goes a long way to foster good feelings and bonding," says Dr. Levkoff.
Sex releases oxytocin, otherwise known as "the love hormone," according to Psychology Today. It is released through orgasm, and can foster feelings of love, trust, and intimacy for short periods of time.
2. Orgasms Help With Relieving Stress
Levkoff says that orgasms can be a stress reliever, which is good for both you and your partner.
According to research from the University of the West of Scotland, orgasms release both endorphins and oxytocin, again, pleasurable hormones that fight off depression and anxiety and make you feel and think happy thoughts.
They can also create a sense of intimacy with your partner.
According to the study, having regular orgasms for up to two weeks can even make you deal with stressful situations better, like public speaking! So next time you have a big speech coming up, instead of imagining the crowd in their underwear, maybe spend a few weeks ahead of time in your underwear instead.
3. It Can Help With Menstrual Cramps
When you have a heavy flow and bad cramps, the last thing you're usually thinking about is having sex. But believe it or not, it might actually make you feel better.
Cindy M. Meston, Ph.D., director of the Sexual Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of Texas, told Women's Health Magazine, "When a woman orgasms, her uterus contracts and, in the process, rids the body of cramp-causing compounds."
Additionally, when you orgasm, your body releases dopamine, according to Bustle, which can increase positive feelings and even relieve pain.
4. It Can Slow The Aging Process
A study conducted at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Scotland found that sex can actually make you look younger.
Um, yes please! That is way cheaper than Botox.
A group of researchers guessed the ages of participants in a study by looking at them through a one-way mirror. The researchers found that those who had sex more frequently appeared to be up to 12 years younger than their actual age.
Why? Because the more sex you have, the more good hormones are released in your body — hormones like estrogen, which can give you nice skin and shiny hair.
You're telling me I've been wasting all this money on nice conditioner and face wash when I could have just been having sex?
5. You'll Get A Good Night's Sleep
According to Women's Health, during sex, the hormone Prolactin is released, which may be beneficial in helping you catch some zzz's. So if you don't want to take a sleeping pill, maybe have sex before bed instead.
Plus, now you have a justification for why your guy always falls asleep right after you do it. It's chemical! I swear.
6. It Burns Calories
According to The University of Montreal, a man can burn up to a whopping 100 calories after a particular hot romp, while that number is about 69 for women.
Obviously, the longer and more rigorously you have sex, the more calories you will burn. So if you want to use sex as your main source of cardio, then start banging away, hard and long.
It's a lot cheaper, and probably more fun, than that membership to an expensive gym. Plus, only one person has to see you panting and sweaty!
7. It Helps Your Immune System
If you constantly have the sniffles or can't get rid of that cough, then having sex might actually be the answer. Forget expensive wellness shots. Turns out, a little bone sesh with your boyfriend is all you need.
Researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania found that people having consistent sex also have more of an antibody (immunoglobulin A) that helps to fight sickness and keeps you healthy.
So if you don't want to get the flu shot this season, maybe try having sex with your boyfriend instead. That sounds more fun anyway.
So, next time someone is talking about how they're a fitness blogger or a health nut, tell them you also know a thing or two about physical fitness.