Guest blog by Dr. Natasha Valdez
Author of Vitamin O: Why Orgasms are Vital to a Woman's Health and Happiness, and How to Have Them Every Time!
There’s a pretty popular saying that “love is a drug”—and people also often think that sex is just that, especially good sex. But that’s definitely not where we’re going here. Because there’s a huge difference between what a drug does for you and what a vitamin has to offer.
Whether prescribed or recreational, a drug treats a symptom. It alters things for a limited time, and then there’s a crash—and another dose is needed immediately. There may also be unwanted side effects. Now a vitamin, on the other hand, takes a more holistic approach to a situation. You don’t treat a symptom with a vitamin; you use it to help build a foundation of good health. A vitamin is essentially a supplement in a much larger system of smart choices, an important element within a larger context. A vitamin enhances. Its benefits are layered and far-reaching, not just a zapping of a targeted pain or other element.
Especially in the case of Vitamin O, it’s something you can take as much as you want to take, without any worry of toxicity or buildup in your system—because Vitamin O is all about release. Add regular doses of Vitamin O to your regimen, and the results will benefit you for life. As the proven healing and revitalizing power of sex and orgasm is revealed, we’ll see without a doubt how orgasm is indeed the “magic remedy” to heal and restore us, and to build a foundation for better overall health.
Forget Echinacea. Did you know that having sex just once a week can boost your immunity by 30 percent? Imagine the benefits of getting down and dirty three, or even five times a week! We all get rundown from time to time. But turning the situation around is easy. There’s absolutely no reason to suffering any of this when the solution is as easy as taking a daily dose of vitamins! Here’s why:
Sex burns calories—about 100 for an average 30-minute session. That’s actually more than tennis! And when you “work out” in all the right positions, think about how successfully you can tone your tummy, thighs, and even your tush.
Studies have proven time and again that having regular sex boosts the body’s production of essential hormones like phenylethylamine which speeds the metabolism of fat. On top of that, it also curbs those killer cravings for crazy foods you know you should not be eating. It regulates your appetite so you don’t feel hungry when you’re not. And if you’re overeating because you’re bored, I’d say sex is more fun than a sandwich or sundae, any way you stack it.
Another hormone that gets released in your system when you have a good release is dehydroepiandrosterone, which is purportedly an anti-aging “potion.” Its production has been noted to promote more supple skin, meaning bye, bye crow’s feet! It is also currently being studied as a substance that possibly combats depression and eases symptoms associated with menopause.
One of the more interesting studies was done on body fat. Researchers at the Washington University School of medicine found that women who were given supplements of dehydroepiandrosterone lost 10.2 percent of their body fat. Great! But you don’t have to pop pills to get what you can have a lot more fun making. O is the kind of vitamin that’s just as beneficial to make as it is to take!
Regular sex also releases serotonin, a neurotransmitter that, tying in with the above, is believed to quell junk food cravings. But it’s bigger than that. There’s a whole wealth of studies that credit the production of serotonin with a decrease in depression—or, more like it, a lack of serotonin leads to depression. Why? As a neurotransmitter, serotonin hits various receptors that regulate emotions; when there isn’t enough serotonin hitting these receptors, depression, anxiety, panic, and other unpleasant emotions result.
Anything that helps release this substance into your system is a good thing. Diet and exercise can play a role, but neither of these has a direct line to serotonin release like having an orgasm does.
So we’ve seen how regular sex and orgasms can help make you thin, young, and happy. Now let’s look at how it can make you healthy.
To ward off colds, we swallow huge amounts of orange juice and other fluids. We dose up on echinacea and zinc. And if, God forbid, we do get sick, we bloat ourselves with chicken soup, and then stumble around as we drug ourselves up and dry ourselves out on anything from over the counter that promises relief. And to think we could save ourselves all this grief by just allowing ourselves to have regular orgasms!
Studies have now uncovered that having frequent orgasms actually raises levels of the antigen immunoglobulin A in our systems, the antibody expressly responsible for fighting off colds and flu. In fact, women who engage in regular sexual activity have been found to have one-third higher levels of immunoglobulin A. What would you rather have, sex or a flu shot? Think about it!
And think about this, the other side of the coin. If you’re not having regular orgasms, you’re not getting the benefit and boost of these high immunoglobulin A levels. So not having orgasms—not having enough good orgasms—can actually make you sick. Another excellent reason to make sure you get your daily dose.
Studies have also shown that women who had sex at least once a week were more likely to have more regular menstrual cycles. Also, it’s been shown that regular orgasms also reduce cramps and the severity of them.
Having more orgasms means having higher levels of estrogen in your blood, which translates to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, overall better cardiovascular health, and much less bad cholesterol in your system.
Orgasms are also good for sleeping! Sex exerts energy, and the more into it you are, the more energy you expend. But “sex¬ercise” aside, orgasms themselves relieve tension, which helps us get to sleep and stay asleep. The relaxing of the muscle tautness that increases as we anticipate release helps relieve all those nasty, annoying tensions you trap in your nervous system over the course of a day.
After orgasm, in women, the blood pressure starts to gradually decrease, promoting relaxation, along with the calming, soothing release of all those wonderful endorphins. If you’ve had a particularly stressful day, why drag all that drama to bed with you when you and your partner can work it out together—or just yourself! And if you’re feeling too tired to have sex—maybe it’s time to break that vicious cycle once and for all.
One of the greatest tonics a woman can take to seal in her good health costs nothing, can be achieved with or without company, and has benefits well beyond the initial pleasure it provides. With this knowledge, you should be wanting and working at having at least one orgasm every day.