Keeping Your Love Life Healthy

The secret to looking young is more fun than you think.

Making love, shagging, coitus, sex, intercourse, consummation, doing it, knocking boots, mating, hitting the sack, scrogging, doing the deed, mattress wrestling, sexy time—no matter what you call it, chances are you’re doing it. And if you’re not, then maybe you should be.

Sex is a magnificent way to boost the immune system, reduce heart disease and cancer risk, lower blood pressure, and fight stress. And it doesn’t end there! Sex can actually turn back time.

A new study conducted by Dr. David Weeks—a British consultant clinical psychologist, author of the book “Secrets of the Superyoung” and former head of old-age psychology at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital—found that an active sex life made people look five to seven years younger. Weeks spent 10 years studying thousands of men and women, and respondents who reported having sex three or more times per week showed less signs of aging.

When you are sexually intimate with someone, the body releases tons of molecules such as oxytocin and beta-endorphins. Weeks, along with many other skin experts, claim that these molecules bathe your skin in anti-inflammatories that increase the body’s ability to repair itself, leading to less wrinkles, dark spots and other signs of aging. Pleasure derived from having loving sex also releases hormones, including human growth hormone, that are crucial in preserving youth. In fact, Weeks found regular sex came in second to physical and mental activity as the most important factors for retaining youth.

Many studies have shown that regular sex releases the hormone oxytocin, which may help moderate mood swings in women. Another crucial benefit of doing the deed is DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), a hormone the body secretes during intercourse that has many positive effects including weight loss and increased muscle strength. As we age, DHEA production declines; however, having regular sex may prevent that decline—or at least slow it down. This is why DHEA is seen to many professionals as a fountain of youth.

As we age DHEA production declines; however, having regular sex may prevent that decline or at least slow it down.

It may sound too good to be true, but the secret of prolonged youth is much simpler than strict dietary regimes and expensive cosmetics. Sex isn’t just good; it’s good for you. So get out the strawberries and Champagne and have a late night toast to good health (wink, wink)!