Masturbation and Corn Flakes are not the usual bedfellows, John Harvey Kellogg is best known for the invention of the famous breakfast cereal, Corn Flakes. But did you know that Corn Flakes were originally invented to be part of a health regimen to prevent masturbation? Kellogg believed that bland tasting foods, such as Corn Flakes, would decrease or prevent sexual excitement and arousal. Erm….no!
Even though many, many men wank themselves to completion, it’s not really something that you talk about and the details are kept private. Old wives tales still persist. Will masturbating make me blind? Will I grow hair in the palm of my hands? Will jerking off eventually drive me insane? Of course, the short answer to all questions are a resounding “NO!”
Clearly, these views on masturbation are without merit but, in fact, the opposite is true; masturbation has many health benefits.
Here are 7 benefits that masturbation has for your health.
1. Masturbation helps you sleep. That’s because pleasuring yourself lowers blood pressure and produces endorphins, the chemicals responsible for helping ease stress and increase relaxation.
2. Know your body. Enjoying masturbation, you can keep connected to your own sexual desires and fantasies, and learn what excites you…
3. Help prevent prostate cancer. Toxins build up in the urogenital tract, leading to disease but masturbation flushes those toxins out of the body, making men who ejaculate more than five times a week a third less likely to develop prostate cancer.
4. Boosts your immunity. Orgasm releases the hormone cortisol. It’s a stress hormone but, in small doses, it can help strengthen and maintain your immune system.
5. Manages premature ejaculation. Men who experience premature ejaculation during sexual intercourse can benefit from masturbation about 2 hours before sex. This enables them to have a longer duration of intercourse before another ejaculation comes on. Also, by taking yourself in hand may help you stretch your love making sessions. Train yourself by timing how long it takes you to orgasm, suggests Dr Nawal. If it usually takes two minutes solo, try for three next time. Or count how many strokes you need to get to your happy place. If you’re spurting after 50, shoot for 60. Give yourself goals. Practice , practice, practice!
6. Masturbation has been used in the management of stress, as it results in release of feel-good hormones, called oxytocin, in the body. It has also been found useful in dealing with depression.
7. Regular flushing of the system keeps semen healthy.