A recent study revealed the surprising fact that sex might just be as good for you as Vitamin D and broccoli. This probably doesn’t come as a huge surprise—people have long known that sex provides an incredible range of benefits from emotional relaxation to the boosting of the immune system to the regulation of hormones… not to mention all the good exercise! Although one could hardly need an excuse to have more sex, the revelation that sex is good for your health should hopefully have more Americans staying in bed for some “physical therapy” on a regular basis.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
Is sex good for your health—or is that just a fantasy?
A flurry of small studies suggest that sex is as good for your health as vitamin D and broccoli. It not only relieves stress, improves sleep and burns calories, it can also reduce pain, ease depression, strengthen blood vessels, boost the immune system and lower the risk of prostate and breast cancer.
But many of those studies rely on people to remember and report their sexual activity honestly and many can’t distinguish between cause and effect. That is, does sex make people healthier or do healthier people have more sex?
More research is needed to evaluate all these claims. “If I told you we have randomized double-blind placebo-controlled multi-center trials on these questions, there is no such a thing,” says Irwin Goldstein, a urologist and editor in chief of the Journal of Sexual Medicine. The biggest obstacle is lack of funding, he says. “If ‘sex’ is in your grant proposal, it’s very hard to get it approved.”
What do you think—what are the positive physical benefits of sex? What about the positive emotional, and even spiritual ones? Can sex keep you living longer, or even help you get more fully tapped in to Spirit?