The secret to looking younger, especially in your older years, is a healthy sex life. Not the casual, will he call me tomorrow kind of sex, but a healthy loving relationship with a consistent partner. Dr. David Weeks, a noted neuropsychologist and former head of old age psychology at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, said that regular sex has a multitude of health benefits that can make you look five to seven years younger. How often do you need to orgasm? Let’s find out.
Dr. Weeks interviewed 3500 people from Europe and the United States who believed they looked and felt younger than their age. The interviews revealed that the participants engaged in sex at least three times per week.
Healthy sex makes you more content, helps you sleep better, you’re less stressed, you get that beautiful ‘after-sex’ glow and clear skin. Let’s examine the science behind the relationship between sex and youthfulness.
- Oxytocin, the love hormone, is released during an orgasm. It affects your emotional centers making you feel happy and loving. Oxytocin is also known to naturally induce sleep. This occurs because oxytocin counters the effects of cortisol, the stress hormone. When you’re not stressed and get quality sleep, it shows on your skin.
- When you orgasm, the oxytocin causes your body to release endorphins. They are your body’s ‘feel good’ neurotransmitters (send signals from one neuron to another). Endorphins are responsible for your post-coital euphoria. When you feel good, you put more effort into looking good.
- Intercourse also releases human growth hormone (HGH). HGH is known to have anti-aging effects. Your skin looks younger and more elastic by keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay, and keeping your body and belly toned.
- Sex promotes healthy blood circulation. When blood circulates, it carries fresh oxygen and nutrients to your cells, including skin cells. Thereby, creating an environment for healthy, vital, glowing skin.
Dr. Weeks found that sex is second to physical activity for staying youthful.
If you’re wondering about genetics, Dr. Weeks concluded that genetics contributed 25 percent, but behavior contributed 75 percent to a youthful look.
Lastly, those who like erotic practices in the boudoir -- bondage, dominance and submission, sadomasochism (BDSM), are more psychologically healthy than ‘vanilla’ people. Whatever your flavor, healthy sex is the Fountain of Youth.