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The chemistry of intimacy

A bumper sticker from the hippy era in the Sixties read: “Candy is dandy, but sex don’t rot your teeth!”  

Apart from the “feel good” emotional benefits, are there are any other physiological benefits for your body?

Hugging:

Hugging increases levels of oxytocin, the so called “love hormone”, which may benefit your heart health. Regularly hugging a loved one can result in lower blood pressure and a healthier heart rate. It also helps to reduce levels of cortisol, the chronic stress hormone, in the body

Kissing:

Kissing prompts your brain to release feel-good chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin. Regular kissing with your partner can significantly reduce stress levels.

Sex:

A healthy sex life has many beneficial effects on the body, such as:

  • Higher levels of immunoglobulin A, which boosts the immune system.
  • Less likely to develop heart disease.
  • Intercourse has been linked to lower blood pressure and improved stress response.
  • It is excellent exercise that burns 3 – 4 calories per minute.
  • Sexual activity releases pain-reducing hormones.
  • There are indications that men who ejaculate regularly may have a lower risk of prostate cancer.
  • The hormones prolactin and oxytocin that are released during and after sex helps to improve sleep.
  • Regular sex improves the libido.
  • Increased levels of the “love hormone” oxytocin increases feelings of intimacy and bonding to your partner.

 

Source:

Www.Mercola.com“Study: How often do happy people have sex?” Article by Dr. Mercola.  Published online 28 April 2016.

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