Reach for your favorite personal lubricant to reap these benefits.

Keeping the spark alive is good for your health, research shows

There are plenty of reasons why women may turn to personal lubricants to spice up their sex lives, but how many of them involve personal health? You may not realize it, but ample research has shown that regular physical intimacy can make you feel good in myriad ways thanks to its anti-aging chemical properties.

Previously, we touched on the specific benefits of an early morning interlude with your partner. The chemical processes we reviewed, including the release of oxytocin, can certainly improve your mood, boost your immune system and even enhance your appearance throughout the day. However, the benefits don't end there.

Dr. Irwin Goldstein, director of San Diego Sexual Medicine and director of sexual medicine at Alvarado Hospital, recently spoke to The Canadian about the documented benefits of regular intercourse. For example, the consistent release of oxytocin can help counter the damaging effect of cortisol – a hormone released when you're overly stressed. This may help counter some of the most concerning health issues associated with excess stress, including high blood pressure.

In addition, the Daily Mail reports that a 2009 study conducted at  Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, indicated that physical intimacy three times a week could reduce the risk of suffering a stroke.

With these benefits in mind, there is simply no reason to deny yourself the pleasure of a healthy, happy sex life. So reach for your favorite natural lubricant and start embracing your sexuality today.

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