Sometimes we joke about how other civilization, or other ages, looked upon old age. For many of us, aging refers just to the physical and mental breakdown of the body. Chinese philosophers probably thought about longevity and aging long before anyone else.
At a school reunion last summer, one former classmate looked 10 years younger than the rest of us. Someone finally asked his secret. Later we asked him if he was serious, and he referred to a study showing that, when all the various scientific claims for improving longevity are fed into one database, you gain two extra years by flossing every night and three years by having more than three orgasms a week.
While there hasn't been a lot of research on the matter, what has been done indicates that having more sex may increase how long you live —surely welcome news to many. Sex releases several endorphins and hormones in the body, increases feelings of intimacy and bonding, and combats feelings of loneliness and depression. Staying sexually active also has physical, stress relieving, social, and mental benefits.
Sexual myths live on, despite the best attempts of researchers to allow the light of day to enter into the musty rooms of hearsay and fable. The work of Masters and Johnson conducted during the s and s demonstrated that the size of a man's penis does not equate to his virility, and that a woman's capacity for orgasm and for maintaining peak sexual excitement is limited only by physical exhaustion, not sexual or orgasmic exhaustion as is the case with men. Yet despite the work of debunkers such as Masters and Johnson, myths about sexual wear and tear live on.
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Despite the importance of prostate cancer, its causes remain unknown. Scientists do know that genetics plays a strong role, and they have sound evidence that diet and other lifestyle factors are also important. Since the prostate is a reproductive organ that produces fluid for the ejaculate, researchers have long wondered if sexual factors influence a man's risk of prostate cancer, but a Harvard study provides good news for sexually active men.
Practitioners believe that by performing these sexual arts, one can stay in good health, and attain longevity or spiritual advancement. The first sexual texts that survive today are those found at the Mawangdui [ citation needed ]. The sexual arts arguably reached their climax between the end of the Han dynasty and the end of the Tang dynasty [ citation needed ].
The purpose of this article is to provide the differing philosophies and science upon how optimal health, longevity and sexual power may be influenced by ejaculation frequency. According to the eastern philosophy of Tao formulated over centuries and emphasized over and over again in Taoist literature, a man must preserve and retain his semen in order to enhance his strength, health and longevity. This philosophy believes that men that regulate their ejaculation to a minimum and retain their semen will grow strong and have a clearer mind.
Research on women, admittedly, is still lagging way behind—more on that in a moment. Scientists have found that frequent orgasms are linked to a wide range of positive health outcomes in men, from a lower risk of cancer to a longer lifespan. While uncommon, it bears mentioning that you can also orgasm without ejaculating and ejaculate without orgasming.