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Nutrients of Sex by Desiree Perez

Many couples don’t know the cure for their alienated relationships...or even their colds. Those who have sex frequently have probably figured it out that, yes, sex is the answer to it all. Whether you want to prevent a cold, get rid of a headache or just get that feel-good sensation, sex is there for you. Want to cure insomnia for the night? Look no further. Now I understand why my mom’s doctor told her to have sex. Weird, I know. But after this article I promise, you’ll understand too. IgA

Endorphins

Prolactin

During a study on 111 college students at Wilkes-Barre University in Pennsylvania, it was found that students who have sex frequently are less prone to colds. A survey was distributed asking the number of times participants had sex every week. After that, their saliva was examined for levels of immunoglobulin A, also known as IgA. The higher the levels of IgA, the less prone one is to getting a cold. It turns out that those having sex twice a week had higher levels of IgA.

I'm sure you've all heard the joke about offering sex when your partner has a headache. Well, it's hypothesized that during an orgasm the rush of endorphins is the main factor that kills headaches or at least numbs them. Endorphins are known to be the body's natural response in eliminating headaches. They're compared to the chemical properties of morphine since they have the same effects. They kill headaches and also make you drift off to sleep. You'll know the feeling if you've ever felt sleepy right after sex.

Most of the time, after climaxing most don't want to be bothered with sex again right away. This is due to the chemical the body produces after orgasm, which is prolactin. When this hits the bloodstream, sexual arousal declines and you no longer want to think about sex. So next time your partner wants to go for round two and you don't, explain to them it's not you, it's the prolactin.

Contractions Have you ever wondered why women lose control of their bladder? It has nothing to do with age but rather the amount of strength your pelvic floor muscles have. This can only be strengthened by doing Kegel exercises or having sex. Just like Kegel exercises, your pelvic muscles contract during sex. This eventually makes your pelvic floor stronger. Oh, and it makes giving birth easier.

Oxytocin Ahh, the feel good rush you get when you climax. It’s sometimes related to the euphoric feeling of cocaine or heroin because the drug increases your oxytocin levels. But you can get a glimpse of it too without drugs. After you climax and you get that urge to hug and spoon with your partner, that’s the oxytocin at work.

Serotonin Here is the ultimate anti-depressant. When your serotonin levels go up, you get an emotionally balanced feeling that makes you less inclined to be depressed. On the contrary, you feel prepared, satisfied and joyful. Raising serotonin levels is what pharmaceutical anti-depressants do to the brain when taken.

S&M: Safe or Malignant? When you hear the phrase S&M or sadomasochism, would you say you think of pleasure or pain? Sorry, but “Fifty Shades of Grey” doesn’t count. Some may think of pleasure and some of pain depending on how extreme the acts are. Those who partake in BDSM (Bondage & Discipline, SadoMasochism) feel a sense of pleasure. But is there more than physical pleasure? Is sexual domination related to a negative psychological effect that can later affect them? Contrary to popular thought, S&M enthusiasts appear to be happier and better off than you and me. In a study conducted by psychologist Andreas Wismeijer and statistician Marcel van Assen at Tilburg University in the Netherlands comparing those who are involved in S&M and those who aren’t, the results revealed that the S&M participants were psychologically more stable and happier than the ones who didn’t participate. But how? After all, sado-masochism is considered a sexual disorder according to the International Classification of Diseases. How could those with sexual disorders be psychologically stable? Dr. Wismeijer, claimed that S&M enthusiasts only differ from ordinary people in a favorable manner; the enthusiasts are more open to new experiences and tend to be extroverted. Published in “The Journal of Sexual Medicine,” the study explained that those involved with S&M are “characterized by a set of balanced, autonomous and beneficial personality characteristics.” Rather than being considered a disorder, psychologists are starting to compare it to a recreational leisure. No wonder S&M clubs exist.

February 2014: The Sex Issue