What’s Your Magic Sex Number?
Who knew sex had so many added benefits? The more often you have it, the better you’ll feel!
Having sex is good for you. No shocker. But the benefits depend on how often you do it. See what you score each time you score below!
1 Day a Week: For Your Weight
Sex prompts your brain to release oxytocin, which can improve your sleep, says Helen Fisher, Ph.D., biological anthropologist at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. And more zzz’s could mean fewer pounds. Sleep regulates hunger-related hormones ghrelin and leptin, helping you say no to seconds.
2 Days a Week: For Your Sniffles
Peeps who do it two or three times weekly have 30 percent more immunoglobulin A proteins, which protect against illness, in their system than others do, a study from Wilkes University notes. The researchers believe the relaxing, mood-lifting effects of sex may play a role in keeping you healthy.
3 Days a Week: For Your Heart
It’s more fun to hop on a guy than an elliptical, but both aid your ticker. Sex revs heart rate and blood flow. People who do it three times a week could see their risk for a fatal heart attack cut in half, a study from the University of Bristol shows.
Find out what you get for days four through seven up next!