One of the biggest nuisances of winter time is the inevitable sneezing, coughing, feverish cold that we all succumb to at one point or another. The drastic changes in temperature make this sickness practically unavoidable even for the most severe germaphobes.
However, while there is no cure for a common cold, researchers have recently discovered a surprisingly effective measure that may prevent it…sex and more sex. Sounds a hell of a lot better than probiotics right?
A recent study found that frequency of sexual activity had a direct relationship with immunity levels in college students.
According to attn.com, a study published in Psychology Reports: Researchers at Wilkes-Barre University surveyed 112 college students about their sexual habits and collected saliva samples to test for immunoglobulin A, an antibody that serves as the first line of defense against the cold virus.
The study found that students who reported getting down at least once or twice a week had 30 percent more immunoglobulin A than those who reported having no sex.
Sex has also been associated with reduced stress levels.
A 2008 study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine revealed that “intimacy was significantly associated with reduced daily salivary cortisol levels.”
Cortisol, a major byproduct of stress, is a hormone that suppresses the immune system and makes us more prone to sickness. Therefore, less stress could mean lower risk of catching a cold or virus.
However, you’ll want to keep in mind that while sex can be preventative for a cold it is not advisable to sleep with someone who is already sick (duh.)
“Having sexual contact with someone doesn’t put you at risk for cold or flu,” ABC News reported. But “because viruses get transmitted both in the air and through direct contact, a good rule of thumb is to not get too close to people with a cold or the flu to protect yourself from coughs and sneezes.”