As if you needed another reason to have more sex, we have one more for you. Having sex is good for your heart health!
And in case you didn’t know, sex is pretty good for many other things—it boosts morale, helps you sleep better, offers pain relief, brings stress levels down, and helps prevent prostate cancer, among other things. It’s also fun, which is definitely good for you too, one way or another.
What I’m basically trying to say is that sex is like a miracle cure-all that you don’t need a prescription for. Sex is the secret doctors don’t want you to know, which is why I’m telling you all of this. And unlike a doctor, this advice comes free. You're welcome.
When it comes to keeping your ticker strong and healthy, you’ve probably been told to eat right, exercise regularly, keep stress levels down, and take some pharmaceutical crap like beta blockers. Sure, that’s cool and all, but has your cardiologist ever told you to go home and fool around with your special lady friend for optimum heart health? No? Didn’t think so.
According to heart expert Johannes Hinrich von Borstel, the ol’ bump and grind between the sheets is the best, healthiest, and most enjoyable workout you can do. “As well as an entire cardiac workout, before and during intercourse there is a big release of hormones that have a protective effect on our cardiovascular system,” he says.
Apparently, an orgasm triggers the release of a healthy cocktail of about 50 chemical messengers, including oxytocin, which is affectionately known as the “cuddle hormone.” Oxytocin is proven to lower blood pressure and reduce stress, which is obviously really, really good for your heart.
But here’s the catch: Fleeting one-night stands aren’t particularly good for your heart, because there’s not much oxytocin action going on since you don’t have an emotional connection with that person. Ugh, sorry. Instead, have sex with someone who makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Now that’s the good shit that makes the oxytocin come pouring out.
Other heart-healthy hormones released during sex are endorphins, which are the hormones responsible for making you feel reaaal good after sex. Endorphins lower heart rate and blood pressure, which, again, are good things for your heart. Like, very good things.
That said, a 2010 study published in the American Journal of Cardiology found that men who got it on at least twice a week were less likely to develop heart disease compared to men who were alllmost celibate and only did the deed once a month. So what’s the takeaway here? Don’t be like the celibate men. That’s lame. Be like the sexually active men, because it’s healthy and responsible.
Von Borstel’s words of advice are to have “as much loving sex as possible.” Good man, good man. So, listen to the heart expert (and to me) and vow to have more sex, as any health-conscious and responsible person would do.