Research shows that female pain tolerance increases significantly during orgasm, thanks to a rush of hormones that act as natural painkillers. Experts note the effect can linger for up to two days, so there's another payoff: You may be able to push a little harder during your next workout.
People with active sex lives tend to work out more and have better dietary habits than those who get it on less often, according to experts. Why? During sex, as well as exercise, your brain releases higher levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that fuels motivation. The brain learns to seek more both in the bedroom and the gym, says Chronister.
After an orgasm, levels of prolactin and oxytocin rise, bringing on a drowsy feeling, which over time helps improve sleep quality, says Chronister. That's crucial for your fitness: Sleep spikes levels of muscle-building hormones and aids recovery. (And in one study, basketball players who slept two extra hours every night for six weeks hit more free throws.)
Research has found that women who have more orgasms and more frequent sex may have a higher resistance to coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Can wine really improve our health and increase longevity? Scientists are beginning to say "Yes!" Supposing that the theory is true -- which wines give us the most bang for the buck?
Researchers have found that red wines rich in flavonoids are best for our health. Flavonoids are best known for their antioxidant qualities and help the body resist such maladies as allergens, viruses and carcinogens.
Red wines also contain anxioxidants, which help the body resist cancer and cardiovascular disease. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Syrah and Pinot Noir contain the highest concentrations of antioxidants and flavonoids.
Other red wines such as Merlots and red zinfandels contain fewer flavonoids, but more than most white wines. So, the best bet for drinking wine for our health is to stick to the dryer red wines. Just because wine contains components that are central to good health doesn't give us a free rein to get plastered every night. Don't overdo it -- but adding a glass of wine to your daily diet can definitely make a difference to our health.
Paracelsus, the noted 16th-century Swiss physician wrote, "Wine is a food, a medicine and a poison - it's just a question of dose." As with almost any food or drink, wine consumed in large doses can be a detriment to our health.
Most health officials agree that one or two four-ounce glasses of wine per day can be beneficial to men, while women should limit their consumption to one four ounce serving per day.
Cardiovascular expert, Professor Roger Corder, has spent years studying the evidence of health benefits from red wine. In his new book, "The Wine Diet," he says he is convinced that most of us should include red wine in our every day lifestyle.
Corder discovered what he eventually labeled the "French Paradox." Specifically, he wondered why the French have a lower rate of heart disease despite the fact that their diet was extremely rich in fats. He concentrated his research on the southwest portion of France, where life expectancy seemed to be highest.
Professor Corder discovered that the region produces very tannic local wines, which contain the highest procyanidin (antioxidant) content of any wines, worldwide. This led him to further research on the amazing medical benefits of red wine.
While wine may not be man's ultimate elixir or fountain of youth, it certainly behooves us to consider adding a glass of wine or two to our daily diet - and raise a "toast" to our continued good health.
Yes. At least, the Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile and Mexico football authorities think so! An article on Time points out that several football teams, in the World Cup season, has come up with strict 'sex rules'. From completely banning sex to specifying the duration for which they can indulge in sex, teams have come up with a gamut of solutions for success, some of them quite bizarre.
For example, the article notes, Brazilian footballers can have sex but not 'acrobatic' sex, French players can have sex but not all night and Nigerian players can sleep with their wives while girlfriends are a strict no-no!
The strict sex-related diktat put down by several football teams, has sparked the usual debate on the necessity to ban sex to ensure the player is not hindered on ground.
"In a sign of what the world's fittest sportsmen and women get up to in the Olympic village, a record 150,000 free condoms — 15 for each competitor — have been made available to them. The phenomenal outpouring of prophylactics means there will be 50 per cent more available to athletes in London than the 100,000 handed out at the last Olympics in Beijing in 2008," The Daily Mail reported.And it's not just restricted to football. The Daily Mailreported in 2012 that 150,000 condoms had been handed out the athletes, making sure that they are suitably prepared for any kind of emergency!
However, there have been conflicted opinions on whether or not sportsmen and women and athletes should have sex before a crucial performance.
Time notes, "Many coaches and athletes believe that abstaining from sex builds up aggression, a belief that probably stems from ancient civilizations like the Greeks, who thought that men derived strength from their semen. This theory is so pervasive that even Muhammed Ali refused to have sex six weeks before a fight, fearing that ejaculation would release the testosterone (and therefore aggression) he needed for a boxing match."
However, most other scientific studies have proved otherwise. An article on Plos observes, "Despite the extravagant stories exchanged between males in locker rooms, a normal session of business time between married partners results in the expenditure of only 25-50 calories, and it’s thus unlikely to influence next day energy stores."
Most of the arguments against sex, however, are based on the perception that sex has psychological repercussions which might reflect on an athlete's performance. But no scientific study has been found to attest the same.
Ian Shrier, a sports medicine specialist, has been quoted on the National Geographic News as saying that the 'long-standing myth that athletes should practice abstinence before important competitions may stem from the theory that sexual frustration leads to increased aggression'.
"After three months without sex, which is not so uncommon for some athletes, testosterone dramatically drops to levels close to children's levels," he said. "Do you think this may be useful for a boxer?" Emmanuele A Jannini of the University of L'Aquila in Italy is quoted as saying in National Geographic.
In fact, an article on Greatist.com, suggests that sex, the night before a big game, could actually be beneficial. It cites one study which says that testosterone boost from an orgasm might actually boost muscle strength and leg power for men. Whereas, for women, hormones released during an orgasm can actually 'stop the release of pain transmitters' for close to 24 hours. Which means it could help relax sore muscles and reduce muscle pain.
An article on CNN quotes Maria Cristina Rodríguez Gutierrez, director of sports medicine at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, as saying, "Sex only burns between 200 and 300 kilocalories, which doesn't compare to running a marathon or just a regular workout session. You can restore these calories by eating a chocolate bar or drinking a can of soda."
However, the Bosnia coach, who warned, 'there will be no sex in Brazil', is not listening! Bad luck, boys!
You’d think everyone would have a better grasp on sex and desire, especially considering the important roles these two things play in our lives.
When you were younger, you probably believed a handful of humorous and strange things about sex — like the notion that you could lose your virginity if you inserted a tampon, or that masturbation causes blindness and hair to grow on your hands. Or that you can’t get pregnant while you’re breastfeeding your baby. Or (our favorite), that sex, as it’s portrayed on television and in the movies, actually imitates real life sex. As you grow older, you realize that the majority of these kinds of sex myths aren’t true and you can’t be fooled nearly as easily.
Researchers have found that acts of affection like hugs and kisses were more important to men than women.
And for women, sex tends to get better over time - after a couple has been together about 15 years.
Researchers surveyed over 1,000 couples from five different countries who had been in relationships for between one and 51 years. Men who reported frequent kissing and cuddling were three times as happy, on average, as those who had less snuggling with their wives or girlfriends. Women, meanwhile, said that such shows of affection had very little impact on their happiness.
Both men and women reported their sex lives improving the longer their relationship had lasted. But men were more likely to say they were happy with their relationship while women were more likely to report being satisfied with the sex. The survey of couples from the US, Germany, Spain, Japan and Brazil was carried out by researchers from the Kinsey Institute at America's Indiana University.
Lead author Julia Heiman said that the first 15 years of a relationship may be emotionally draining for women while they are raising children. As they get older, they have fewer pressures.
"It's possible that women became more sexually satisfied over time because their expectations change or life changes when their children grow up," the Telegraph quoted Heiman.
"The period of less satisfaction seems to overlap with the period of raising children, during which other things really take a focus," added Heiman.
The findings about intimacy were the opposite of what researchers had expected, she revealed.
She said: "We became interested in relationships that endure and how might we begin to understand them.
"Cuddles were more important to men in predicting the degree of happiness. The really useful message is we should not make presumptions about the genders."
"Because there''s no way to be sure we're going to be right in any way."
The study has been published in journal Archives of Sexual Behaviour.
Chocoholics now have a reason to rejoice. Studies show that chocolate can actually do wonders for your health! So go ahead and indulge.
If you have a sweet tooth and love chocolates, but the calories stop you from indulging yourself, here are a few reasons why you don’t have to feel guilty.
Reasons to have more chocolates
Nutritional punch: Both milk and dark chocolate give your body enough calcium and vitamin E to prevent any deficiency disorder. Consuming around two ounces of dark chocolate a day may actually help you live longer, and stay miles away from heart diseases, and even cancer!
Get smarter: Loaded with flavonoids that increase blood flow to the cerebral portion of the brain, chocolate can actually help you get smarter. It increases the production of blood and brain cells, boosting cognitive function (process in which one becomes aware of ideas). And that’s not just the dark chocolate - it’s also the regular milk chocolate that makes for good grades.
Flash the pearly whites: Theobromine - a compound found in chocolates is now thought to be as efficient as fluoride in hardening the tooth enamel, making you less susceptible to tooth decay and cavities. This, however, doesn’t mean you can trade your toothbrush for a chocolate bar.
Heart happy: You are probably already aware that dark chocolate helps fight away heart problems, specifically stroke. A study showed that weekly consumption of dark chocolate reduced the chances of stroke to a good 37%. Dark chocolate is also wonderfully efficient at reducing LDL (low density lipoproteins) - the bad cholesterol. Also, it manages to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 31%. Packed with vitamin E, dark chocolate keeps away the metabolic disorders, heart disease and diabetes. Now isn’t that impressive!
Soul soother: What made you obsessed with chocolate is the feel-good-feeling that you get right after you eat it. It stimulates the neural activity in the brain that gives that feeling of pleasure and satisfaction, helping ward away depression and stress.
Eye care: Consuming white/dark chocolate has demonstrated an improvement in vision among 300 people in the US. These impressive numbers came from the fact that the flavonols (a class of flavonoids) increase the blood flow to not only the brain, but also the retina.
Beauty SOS: Cocoa butter has made its way into many of your cosmetic products now, and it’s not without a reason. Cocoa rejuvenates the skin and accelerates production of new skin cells, thus effectively fighting skin ageing. Cocoa also has a high concentration of flavonols-a plant compound that improves blood circulation making the skin visibly smooth, and antioxidants that protect the skin from sun damage.
Lastly, chocolate effectively fights inflammation and free radical damage, giving you the glow you’ve always coveted.
Forget the fantastic goals and put the comical cans of spray paint to the back of your mind. The real story coming from the Brazil World Cup is going on behind closed doors. It's not yet another Fifa corruption claim, but which players are, er, scoring off the pitch.
More goals have been scored in the opening days of the competition that at any previous tournament, but the world's media has been speculating breathlessly about another kind of scoring: which teams' managers are, shall we say, restricting strenuous nocturnal stamina-training activities.
There are no hard and fast rules about whether players should be allowed to have sex during tournament periods, but some teams are being very firm about their sexually restrictive policies, while others are happy to let nature take its course.
We do know that the Italian team, which vanquished England on Saturday, were permitted to enjoy the company of their wives and girlfriends in Manaus the night before their 2-1 victory. Of course, the same was true of the England camp, though, so the Italians had no unfair advantage there.
As an aside, gullible fans can take cheer from a breathless Daily Star "exclusive" which "revealed" that England fans could now relax, as the arrival of "sexy" Coleen Rooney would "perk" up her husband Wayne's performance on the pitch, after he fired "blanks" against Italy. That's a victory against Uruguay sorted then, lads.
The Spanish and Germans are allowed to play away from the pitch throughout the four-week festival of football, but are forbidden from indulging the night before any game, so it's unlikely that it was a night of passion with his wife Lisa that inspired striker Thomas Mueller to score a hat-trick on the pitch against Portugal.
Oddly, the Costa Ricans only have a restriction on sex until the second round of the tournament, while the more traditional Nigerians are only allowed to bed down with their wives, not their girlfriends. In contrast, the Brazilian and Mexican players have been told to fill their boots, as long as it's not too acrobatic. One can only assume team coaches are pulling all-night shifts outside bedroom doors to enforce a missionary-only policy
Unsurprisingly, it's the romance-friendly French who have perhaps the most trusting policy, allowing a sexual free-for-all as long as the frequency, type and timing of activities don't get out of control. Apparently, the team's former doctor says that sex is "relaxing" for the players, but there's a stern warning that it shouldn't become an all-night activity. Most scientists tend to agree with him, too, with numerous studies finding sex before sport has few, if any, ill effects on the players' game.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina manager obviously hasn't seen those studies, though, and he's instigated a total sex ban. It's the same story for the sex-deprived players of Russia and Chile, though the latter could potentially pop home between games for some forbidden passion. Perhaps they've taken inspiration from the ancient Greeks, who believed that preserving a man's sperm was essential to creating the required aggression for public performance.
What footballers and elite athletes get up to at sporting competitions has ignited media feeding frenzies before. In 2006 the England camp was called a "circus" by Rio Ferdinand after manager Sven Goran Eriksson allowed celebrity wives and girlfriends such as Victoria Beckham and Cheryl Cole to accompany the squad. Four years later, Fabio Capello was much stricter in South Africa - not that it did much good on the pitch.
As for the elite stars themselves, most have (sensibly) stayed silent about the intimate details of their sexual exploits, but back in the 1990s Linford Christie, the British sprinter, famously said a romp the night before a race made his legs feel like lead. That wouldn't do for a quarter-final clash.
Some countries have spectacular natural scenery, others have amazing historical attractions - and some simply have the sexiest inhabitants.
A new study has revealed which are the sexiest countries in the world, based on the perceptions of men and women.
And Great Britain comes out in the top 10 for both men and women - although it helps that the respondents were American.
Down Under: While men voted Brazil their sexiest country, women opted for Australia, know for its attractive surfer types
According to the travel dating website MissTravel.com, the sexiest nation in the world for men is - unsurprisingly - our World Cup hosts Brazil, but women prefer Australia when it comes to choosing the world's sexiest men.
Great Britain is voted fourth-sexiest country in the world for men, with English people listed as third sexiest by women, followed by the Scottish in fourth place.
However, the US doesn't feature so well. While American women rank US men as the sixth sexiest in the world, American men don't include their compatriots anywhere on their top 10 list.
SEXIEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD ACCORDING TO WOMEN
SEXIEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MEN
Latin countries dominate the top three for men, with Colombia taking thirs place, just behind Russia in second, while Brazil comes out on top.
However, women ranked Italy as the second sexiest country behind Australia, followed by England.
Brandon Wade, Founder & CEO of the controversial website MissTravel.com - which teams beautiful women with men who are willing to pay for their travel - said: 'Many American men want something more exotic in their lives.
Best of British: Both men and women voted the UK into their top five sexiest countries
'While the ‘girl next door type’ may be exotic to other cultures, American men prefer a foreign beauty.'
Men were asked to rank the qualities that contributed to attractiveness when travel dating. 'Accent' and 'body type' ranked the highest, coming in at 44 and 31 per cent respectively.
Women equally ranked accent and appearance in their choices.
Best of British: Both men and women voted the UK into their top five sexiest countries
Mr Wade explained: 'Last year British men were chosen as the winners of our survey, this year it is Australia. It seems that American women are drawn to a distinct type of man. This man is handsome, sophisticated and the accent doesn’t hurt.'
The latest study comes just days after Brazil's Ipanema Beach was voted the sexiest in the world, followed by Tulum, on Mexico's Caribbean coast and Crane Beach in Barbados.
Are YOU headed to one of the sexiest places on Earth this summer?