Being able to experience pleasure is one of the foundation stones of being human. Without feeling pleasure, we may not even be able to form effective lasting bonds with those we love. In effect, those bonds are the strings that hold our society together, developed by evolution during thousands of millennia.
But integral to that ability to bond with each other is something many of us may not really understand, and yet it is something most of us take great pleasure in – sex.
Sex is fundamental to the human condition, and yet in many more way than people commonly know. Science now says that we need to stimulate out sensory pleasure pathway often in order to feel, function and perform to our true potential.
Staying sexually active is perhaps the most effective way to stimulate that pleasure pathway. And more than just that orgasmic climax, it provides a whole range of physical, emotional and psychological benefits.
The most stunning statistic is that by frequently achieving orgasm – 100 a year at a minimum, you will be pleased to discover - you may extend your life by between three and eight years.
Regular sexual activity is incredibly beneficial to our health and yet it is seldom it is discussed in this context.
It lowers blood pressure, improves cholesterol, and increases circulation. It raises the heartbeat from 70 to 150 beats per minute.
Some studies have found that people who indulge in regular sex are half as likely to have heart attacks and strokes than those who don't have sex at all.
Every muscle in the body is worked and toned during sex, particularly the pelvis, buttocks, stomach and arms. Thirty minutes of sex can burn as many as 837 kilojoules.
There is also substantial evidence that sex reduces food cravings, helps control your appetite and assists your body in absorbing the nutrients from food more easily.
It boosts immunity, aids in tissue repair, increases cognition, reduces stress, improves sleep, promotes strong bones and one study found that regular orgasms even dramatically reduces the incidence of the common cold.
In addition, the intimacy and bonding you receive from remaining sexually active are more vital to your long term health than most people imagine.
If you want to live a long and healthy life many scientists now believe that your biggest enemies are loneliness and boredom.
Touch is the sensory pathway for all mammals to thrive emotionally and psychologically. Babies and animals that are deprived of physical touch rarely develop normally.
Regular touching is one way we enhance each other’s self-esteem and nothing will help you live longer than a strong and vital sense of self-worth.