Tuesday, February 22, 2005

boot me up babe...

"[health news]: if you are already eating your fruits and vegetables, exercising and taking your vitamins, you might ask what more you can do for your health. one answer might please you: have more sex.

...sex ... can give you a workout, depending upon how vigorous it is. after all, sex, and particularly orgasm, involves the contraction of muscles in the arms, legs and abdomen. also, your heart and breathing rates rise when you are sexually aroused just as they do when you exert yourself ... at the gym...

...british researchers who looked at about 900 middle-aged men found that men who had sex twice or more a week had a lower risk of heart attack over the course of 10 years than men who had sex less often.

...australian study from 2003 that found that that men in their 20s who ejaculated more then five times a week were one-third less likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer than men who ejaculated four to seven times a month...

...if you're in a relationship ... sex can "bring the relationship into harmony and make you and your partner feel closer, so you feel less stressed and more relaxed. and whether you are having sex with a partner or masturbating, orgasm itself can also help release tension. the surge of a hormone called oxytocin that occurs during orgasm may account for the both the stronger emotional connection and the tension relief. oxytocin appears to regulate blood pressure and temperature and even relieve pain and promote the healing of wounds. dr. ellison compares orgasm to "re-booting" your body and mind just as you would re-start a computer..."

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