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Can you guess which household chore burns 300 calories? Revealed, the health benefits of vacuuming, cleaning your car and mowing the lawn


EXCLUSIVE: In a new infographic, AXA PPP Healthcare - a UK-based private insurance firm - has revealed the true benefits of doing typical household activities for an hour.


Rom-coms would have us believe that our main goal in life should be finding ‘the one.’ And once you’ve found them, you have to pin them down by tying the knot.

And that’s usually where the story ends. But what happens after you walk down the aisle and say your vows?

Society may have us believe that all the passion will drain away from your relationship, but it turns out getting married could actually lead to the best sex of your life.


According to psychotherapist and couples’ sex expert Esther Perel, marriage is when your sex life really begins. 

“[Your sex life] doesn’t end when you take your vows,” she told audiences at last month’s Goop wellness summit. “This is when the story starts.” 

Whilst in the early stages of a relationship, sex is often spontaneous, Perel says after marriage it becomes more of a “creative enterprise,” but that’s no bad thing. 

Many couples believe it’s essential to try and “rekindle the flame” or “recapture the magic” of when they first got together, but Perel believes that’s an error, even though “the romantic ideology is tenacious,” she says.

The fact of the matter is, it’s impossible to recreate the feelings you both had when first getting to know each other, so it’s a waste of time trying.

Sex can make you HEALTHIER: 5 reasons doing the deed will boost your immune system and lead to a longer life

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Two relatively large studies of this question, reported in 2003 and 2004, yielded good news for sexually active men: high ejaculation frequency seemed to protect against prostate cancer.

As part of Harvard’s Health Professionals Follow-up Study, 29,342 men between the ages of 46 and 81 reported their average number of ejaculations per month in young adulthood (ages 20–29), in mid-life (ages 40–49), and in the most recent year. Ejaculations included sexual intercourse, nocturnal emissions, and masturbation. Study participants also provided comprehensive health and lifestyle data every two years from 1992 to 2000. The scientists found that men who ejaculated 21 or more times a month enjoyed a 33% lower risk of prostate cancer compared with men who reported four to seven ejaculations a month throughout their lifetimes.

An Australian study of 2,338 men came to a similar conclusion. In all, men who averaged 4.6 to seven ejaculations a week were 36% less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer before the age of 70 than men who ejaculated less than 2.3 times a week on average. The study found no connection between prostate cancer and the number of sex partners. (An earlier study, however, found that men who had sex with 30 or more women were two to three times more likely to develop prostate cancer than men with only one partner.)

Further study is needed to investigate possible protective mechanisms. In theory, emptying the prostate of potentially irritating or harmful substances might be one such mechanism. Regardless of the reason why, take comfort in the fact that ejaculation is not only pleasurable, but also may convey health benefits.

SOURCES: Leitzmann MF, Platz EA, Stampfer MJ, et al. Ejaculation Frequency and Subsequent Risk of Prostate Cancer. Journal of the American Medical Association 2004;291:1578–86. PMID: 15069045.

Viagra and impotence

Does Taking Viagra Make a Man More Virile?


It might. A surprising new area of research is whether taking a small dose of Viagra every night works as a preventative to stave off impotence, just as people can take an aspirin a day to prevent heart attack.


Though you wouldn't think you'd get much out of Viagra while you're sleeping, it turns out that nighttime erections -- most men get three or four every night -- are crucial to maintaining potency. Because most men don't have several erections during the day, the nocturnal erection, which allows blood and oxygen to flow to the genitals, is nature's way of keeping the penis in working order. The theory is that anything that increases the intensity and duration of nighttime erections is good for long-term potency.


But don't you need a sexual stimulus for Viagra to work? You do, and the likely trigger for nighttime erections, rapid-eye-movement sleep, is said to be the strongest sexual stimulus a man can experience. The brain shuts down all other activity to the penis and the level of adrenaline, which interferes with erections, plummets.


An Italian study of 44 men gave half the men 50 milligrams of Viagra before they went to sleep. The men averaged 39 years of age and didn't have erectile dysfunction. Those who took Viagra had significantly longer and more rigid nighttime erections than the men taking a placebo.


Irwin Goldstein, a noted Boston urologist, says about 400 of his patients are using 25 mg of Viagra each night as a preventative measure. "Men say, 'I'm potent. I don't want to become impotent. Is there something I can do?' " says Dr. Goldstein. "It's a very simple strategy for preserving sexual health."


But while it makes sense in theory, whether nighttime Viagra use can prevent impotence is far from proven. Pfizer says it's studying whether nighttime Viagra use can help improve sexual function in patients who have had prostate surgery but it won't present the results until early next year.


Meanwhile, it's worth noting that the best way to prevent impotence is to keep your veins from clogging up in the first place. Don't smoke, eat healthy foods, lose weight and lower your cholesterol.


What Happens If a Woman Takes Viagra?


A 47-year-old Cincinnati woman who uses Viagra regularly says that unlike with men, Viagra in women can cause a noticeable sensation when you take it. "I felt like there was a tingling in the pelvic area," she says. "I could almost feel the increase in blood flow. It felt like there was an increase in sensitivity."


The woman's doctor gave her Viagra after a hysterectomy made it nearly impossible to have an orgasm. She says Viagra has given her about 70% of her sexual function back. The level of orgasm "is not the same to what I had prior -- it's not as full," she says. "But it does make it easier."


Early studies of Viagra and women found it didn't work, but doctors say those studies weren't selective enough and included women with desire disorders who, like men with such problems, can't be helped by Viagra.


As with men, Viagra gets the blood flowing to the genitals in women. So for women who have difficulty achieving orgasm, vaginal dryness or a lack of sensation, arousal or engorgement, Viagra may help.


In a recent Pfizer-sponsored study of 200 women who either were postmenopausal or had undergone hysterectomies and who all suffered from some form of sexual arousal disorder, half were given Viagra and half were given a placebo. Researchers found that 57% of women taking Viagra reported improved sensation in the genital area, compared with 44% in the placebo group.



What Types of Erectile Dysfunction Are Most Easily Treated With Viagra?


Men whose erectile dysfunction is psychologically based fare best. Among that group, 91% were able to have sex one or more times during treatment. Close behind were men with vascular disease (88%) and those suffering from depression (86%). The remaining categories include men with hypertension (75%), diabetes (70%), ischemic heart disease (69%) and those who've had their prostate removed (47%).

A new study published in September contends regular use of Viagra could actually protect the heart -- but the heart benefit has been shown


-- Ms. Parker-Pope, who writes the Wall Street Journal's weekly Health Journal column, served as contributing editor of this report.


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How many calories do YOU burn during sex? Take this test that's based on your weight and favourite positions


EXCLUSIVE: The sex workout calculator, created by online doctor service Dr Felix, reveals 30 minutes of sex is the equivalent of a 15 minute run - and can burn off a 90 calorie can of cola.

Want to get fit? Have sex! Researchers reveal the 5 best health boosts you get from a session between the sheets


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Sex and GOD


By Bob Barney First published in 2007 This is a commentary on our recent Healthy Sex story. Many, including some in my family thought the story was too salacious for our news site. That’s exactly the response I wanted. Why? Well, the...

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Why making love may help to fight dementia: Regular sex among over 50s found to keep cognitive function sharper due to release of hormones 


Why making love may help to fight dementia: Regular sex among over 50s found to keep cognitive function sharper due to release of hormones 


It can help prevent a heart attack, ward off the flu AND help you live longer: Expert reveals 5 ways sex is good for your health

How an orgasm a day can slash a man's cancer risk: Regular sex lowers the 'chance of prostate tumors by 20%'

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2 Chronicles 7:14                

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

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Regular sex is ‘a miracle cure’, say doctors

Regular exercise like having sex and dancing are ‘miracle cures staring us in the face’, leading doctors have said.

Some of the country’s top medical professionals at the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges examined existing evidence into the benefits of exercise as part of a new review for the NHS.

And doctors concluded that 30 minutes of exercise – including sex, walking and dancing – performed five times per week would dramatically lower our risk of contracting cancer, dementia, heart disease and diabetes.

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