Get Hot (And Healthy) Tonight

Make love to your sweetie this weekend. Doctor’s orders!

I’m not kidding: The medical journal that I edit recently published an article on the health benefits of sex -- and it went on for 25 pages! Sex is just as good for you as exercise and nutritious food, and it’s definitely a lot more fun than tofu with brown rice. Let me tell you about some of the health perks of steamy, between-the-sheets action.

For Guys

Researchers from Cancer Council Victoria found that men who ejaculated more than five times a week were less likely to develop prostate cancer. The researchers think that frequent ejaculation helps clear out any carcinogens from the prostate gland.

Worried about heart disease? You've gotta love that sex helps guard against that too. Doctors at New England Research Institutes found that men who have sex twice a week or more were up to 45-percent less likely to develop serious heart trouble than those poor guys getting it less than once a month. Sex makes men less stressed, as well, which reduces blood pressure -- a major player in your risk of a heart attack.

For Women

This is a biggie: A French study found that women who had intercourse less than once a month were three times more likely to get breast cancer than those who enjoyed it once a week. Menopause symptoms might also be tamed by getting hot and heavy. Researchers have found that having sex helps regulate hormone levels, which puts the kibosh on hot flashes.

For the Two of You

Having sex at least once a week in the winter reduces your chances of coming down with a cold or the flu. Researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania think that making love boosts your immunity by increasing your levels of an antibody that destroys viruses.

Another perk: weight loss. Each romp in the sack burns 50 to 60 calories. Have sex 10 times a month and it’s the equivalent of running over 11 kilometres. Now which would you rather do?

By Dr Irwin Goldstein for Oral Care and Health Daily

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