From television commercials to magazine articles, it seems that society is on a mission to look as young as possible no matter how old they really are. At Raw and Natural Health, we’re advocates of making smart food choices like sipping on banana mango smoothies, since the right foods not only help overall health, but play a role in slowing the aging process.
For example, olive oil, blueberries and carrots contain antioxidants that help rid the body of free radicals which can keep skin looking supple, hydrated and wrinkle-free. Read more about foods that can help slow the aging process here.
Then there’s sex. Yes, the act of making love.
Call it what you will, but being intimate between the sheets has been linked to looking up to seven years younger.
Researcher says frequent sex makes you look younger
The study that sheds light on this notion was conducted by clinical neuropsychologist at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Scotland, Dr. David Weeks. Over 3,000 men and women were interviewed (most were aged between 45 and 55) about their lifestyle over the course of 10 years. In addition to getting regular amounts non-sexual physical activity and socializing with a wide range of people, frequent sexual intercourse was a key factor in looking younger.
So, what’s the magic number?
After all, for some people, daily intercourse is not unheard of. Then again, many folks can count on one hand how many times they’ve been intimate during an entire year. Weeks’ research concludes that having sexual intercourse three times per week was what kept study participants looking most youthful.
One word of warning though: he makes it clear that casual sex does not count since the stress and worries of everything from cheating to getting sexually-transmitted diseases can hasten the aging process. “The sex doesn’t work without a good relationship,” Weeks says. “It works via a relationship that is very supportive and emphatic, in which both people are physically and emotionally compatible.”
Why regular sex makes you look younger
Dermatologist and mind-body connection advocate Dr. Amy Wechsler says that engaging in sexual activity two to three times weekly can help repair skin. “When you have sex, you’re bathing the skin in anti-inflammatory molecules such as oxytocin and beta endorphins. As we get older, we don’t heal as often as we repair. But having sex can turn the clock back on that.” Read this article to learn more about the study and why sex helps our skin.
So there you have it. Intimacy, making wise food choices . . . it’s all good, and all part of overall health, appearance and wellness.
Have a great morning (and night)! *Wink, wink*
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