If you eat healthy and exercise daily, then you may think you’re doing everything you can to ward off dementia as you age. And you are doing two of the most important things to protect your cognitive health…
But there’s one more lifestyle habit you should adopt ASAP if you want to keep your cognitive health intact… and it takes place in the bedroom.
No, I’m not talking about sleeping (although, a good night’s sleep definitely won’t hurt your cause). I’m talking about the other health-giving habit that takes place between the sheets — s*x.
Based on a recent study from researchers at Coventry and Oxford Universities, a satisfying s*x life offers powerful protection to an aging brain…
The sexy solution to cognitive decline
In a study published in The Journals of Gerontology, Coventry University and Oxford University researchers found that people who had s*x regularly had better cognitive function.
The study included 73 people between the ages of 50 and 83 who took tests that measured their attention, memory, fluency, language and visuospatial ability.
In the verbal fluency test, participants were given 60 seconds to name as many animals as they could, and then list as many words beginning with F as possible. In the visuospatial test, participants had to copy a complex design and draw a clock face from memory.
In addition to these tests, participants also had to tell researchers how frequently they’d had s*x in the past 12 months— never, monthly or weekly. And guess what?
Those who reported engaging in weekly s*xual activity scored significantly better on both the verbal fluency and visuospatial ability tests. Researchers say this means their working memory and executive function are operating better than people who don’t get frisky as often.
This test confirms the results of a 2016 study that also found older people who had more s*x scored better on cognitive tests.
Researchers don’t know exactly why frequent s*x leads to better brain power in older adults, but they suspect it could be due to the brain chemicals released during s*xual activity—dopamine and oxytocin—and how they affect your overall brain function.
Keep getting frisky well past 50
So if you care about your cognitive health, it’s time to embrace your sexy side. s*x is, after all, the most pleasurable activity you can do in the name of good brain health.
Of course, for many, that means overcoming the stereotype that your s*x life slows down (or stops altogether) once you get past a certain age. You need to keep getting frisky well past 50 if you want to make a mark on your long-term cognitive health.
“People don’t like to think that older people have s*x,” said lead researcher Dr. Hayley Wright from Coventry University’s Centre for Research in Psychology, Behavior and Achievement. “But we need to challenge this conception at a societal level and look at what impact s*xual activity can have on those aged 50 and over, beyond the known effects on s*xual health and general wellbeing.”
via: INFORMATION NIGERIA