In an unprecedented twist, during the National Governor's Association's meeting this week, Dr. Mehmet Oz laid out a series of steps that governors could implement. Noting that increased sexual activity leads to longer lifespans, Oz called on all governors to start having sex twice a week!
"If we could go from once a week to twice a week, you could increase your life expectancy by 3 years," Oz said.
Sex and love are all encompassing. And, it can bring you more than just giddiness. It can also positively affect your health and well-being.
"We all have met someone with whom we have felt an instant connection and had a feeling of knowing them on a deep level," Debra Campbell, intuitive and spiritual counselor says. "There is almost a chemical or electrical draw that can feel amazing or be a bit overwhelming. The soulmate connection can almost feel addictive for some."
"Addictive," maybe; but the following benefits of sex will remind you why it's important to make room for love in your life.
Sex & Life Expectancy
- It may help you live longer: People experience less stress when they're in committed, healthy relationships. Less stress, in general, means better health overall.
- It may bolster your immune system: Research suggests that happy couples, who engage in positive conflict resolution, have higher functioning immune systems than those who don't. "The key to positive conflict resolution is productively engaging in the conversation without retreating or stonewalling each other," says Dr. Dian Gonszaga.
- It can reduce feelings of pain: Recent studies suggest that the comfort of holding your partner's hand can actually minimize your feelings of pain.
- It can improve your heart health: People in happy relationships experience less stress. Less stress lowers blood pressure, reduces kidney and adrenal distress and improves heart circulation.
- It can improve your mental well-being: Rutgers University released a study that found that being in love, in a healthy love relationship, increases dopamine brain activity; which is associated with optimism, energy and a healthy sense of well-being. This is the euphoric feeling of being "high."
- It can make you physically fit: Studies suggest that both men and women work between 12 and 15 percent harder when training with a romantic partner. Sweating together has its benefits!
"When you're doing things that connect you to another person that you feel deeply for, it's a sign that says you're engaged in life," Oz added.
"Living Well...one healthy step at a time"