New Study Reveals Australians are Ageing 20 Years Faster than Other Countries

With over 25,000 kilometers of pristine coastline and a wealth of world-renown flora and fauna at the doorstep of most capital cities, Australia is truly the lucky country.

Yet a new study from Monash University has shed light on one area where Australians come up short against the rest of the world: our skin.

New research from the Monash dermatology unit has discovered there are 3 factors that ensure Australians are aging up to 20 years faster than their European and North American counterparts. 

Australia’s proximity to the equator, high sun elevation and clear skies under the hole in the ozone layer mean that the average Australian is exposed to higher levels of UV radiation compared with the rest of the world. 

We all recognise the importance of wearing sunscreen. But even with all the good slip, slop and slap habits we’ve adopted since childhood, it’s not enough to protect our skin from higher risk of premature ageing.

According to Monash, "These high UV levels put Australians at particular risk of photoageing, especially when combined with Australians' traditionally outdoor, sun-seeking lifestyle and a predominantly fair-skinned population.”

The study involved asking 1472 women from Australia, the UK, US and Canada to compare parts of their faces (looking at wrinkling, pigment and sagging across the forehead, nose, cheeks and mouth) to images showing varying degrees of ageing.

It is worth noting the participants in the trial did not have Botox, fillers, laser or plastic surgery. They also did not experience facial burns or trauma. The sample group were aged between 18 and 75 of either Caucasian or Asian background. They were also asked questions about their height, weight, skin characteristics, sun exposure history and use of alcohol and tobacco. Neither alcohol nor BMI was found to be a factor in premature ageing. Smoking was a different story, as is to be expected.

The research findings relating to UV exposure are worrying indeed. Australian women reported "significantly more severe signs of ageing at younger ages and a greater degree of change with age for most features than women from the other countries".

According to Monash University Associate Professor Greg Goodman, "The most significant part of this study for me was that, compared to the US, we seem to be losing weight in our face volume and face – which is a surrogate for ageing … much quicker than they are.”

"It was scary that the average Australian was at least 10 years and, in some cases, 20 years worse off volumetrically." 

Why the huge difference? Goodman believes as a primarily coastal population, we live the majority of our lives outdoors and can stay outside during our winter (unlike many other countries). The result of this is that the cumulative exposure of Australian people to the sun is much greater.

"The amount of sunshine we have when we're young is a major part of this study," he said. "By the time you're 25 years old, you've already had a fair bit of your long-term sun exposure. It sets you up for ageing much quicker than people in other countries."

Ouch. Who knew there was a downside to all the fabulous weather we experience? 

The good news is there are few handy tips you can do on a regular basis to ensure protection of the skin you’re in AND live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

Tip # 1 – Stay Out of the Sun.

This is common sense, really, in addition to daily sunscreen application. If you simply must be out in the elements – i.e. a sporting event or day at the beach - invest in a brimmed hat, tent and even bring a parasol along. 

Tip # 2 – Cover up the side of your body exposed to sun when driving.

When UVA rays come through the glass of your car, it can cause volume, fat and collagen loss. Have a pair of driving gloves handy in your car – they are practical to avoid uneccesary sun damage, as well as looking chic.

Tip # 3 – Use Zinc as Sunblock.

Get that image of Shane Warne right out of your head. Zinc is more effective at blocking the whole spectrum of damaging UV rays, from UVA to UVB. There are heavy duty zinc-based sunscreens for both face and body readily available from most chemists around Oz. 

Sleep Hacks: How To Sleep Better

If you are like most people, your job and lifestyle probably wreak havoc on your sleeping schedule.

Getting the proper sleeping regime down pact will take time and diligence on your part; but the rewards are endless. The best part is, it only takes some minor lifestyle changes to start feeling the positive effects immediately.

So what are you waiting for? Read on, stay focused and get ready to get some of the best sleep of your life with these simple sleep hacks.

Tip # 1 - Create a schedule of when to go to bed and wake up. Stick to it! Going to bed and waking up at the same time everyday will eventually set your circadian rhythm.

Tip # 2 - No nanna naps throughout the day! Napping throws off that rhythm your body needs for the accurate amount of sleep.

Tip # 3 - Avoid eating before bedtime. If you get hungry at night try to find something low in artificial sugars and sodium find something high in fibre.

Tip # 4 - Dimming the lights a couple hours before getting into bed. Stay away from technology at least two hours prior to bed. The stimulation keeps you awake and by knocking all the work or pleasure out couple hours before that scheduled bed time your body has time to settle down into rest.

Tip # 5 - Write everything down about your day and what you want to accomplish tomorrow. This will not only help you evaluate how much you did throughout the day, but also help prepare and settle your mind knowing what has to be accomplished tomorrow. 6.    If you can’t sleep, get out of bed and do something productive. 7.    When the weekend comes along, try not to sleep in. 

Works Cited

Why lack of sleep is bad for your health. (2015, June 15). Retrieved February 8, 2017, from Berkley, C. (n.d.).

What You Eat Can Sabotage Your Sleep. Retrieved February 9, 2017, from How much sleep do we really need? (2017, February 8). Retrieved from National Sleep Foundation (n.d.). Retrieved February 8, 2017, from Peri, C. (2014, February 13).

10 Things to Hate About Sleep Loss (J. Beckman MD, Ed.). Retrieved February 8, 2017, from

Sleep Hacks: What To Do If You Don't Get Enough Sleep


Do you toss and turn every night for what feels like hours of restlessness upon end?

Not getting the proper amount of sleep can affect your mood, judgment and ability to learn and remember information.

At first glance, getting an inadequate amount of sleep over a long period of time doesn’t seem like a big deal; but not getting your proper beauty sleep can have a severe impact on your health.

In some extreme cases, prolonged sleep deprivation can increase the risk of having a serious car accident or heavy machinery accident – yikes.

Research has found that people not getting the proper amount of sleep will also increase their risk of:

• Uncontrollable weight gain

• Diabetes

• Mood disorders

• Heart complications

• High blood pressure

• Stroke

• Hormonal imbalances

So why aren’t you getting enough sleep? Why is sleep such a precious commodity in your busy lifestyle?  Read on to discover 3 factors that could be affecting your ability to switch off. Time to switch them off too!


The biggest obstacle preventing us from getting enough sleep is technology. Whether it’s our phones, video games, televisions or computers, this interaction we have created with technology wreaks havoc on our circadian rhythm. It over-stimulates our brains during those crucial periods throughout the rhythm where we should begin feeling sleepy but instead we sit staring at a screen like zombies. I know it may be difficult, but try to avoid all interaction with technology 2-3 hours before bedtime. Read some pages of a book, draw something, write down everything you want to accomplish the next day or even take some time to call a loved one and have a nice chat. The time before sleep shouldn’t be spent in front of a screen.


The blue light emanating from technology - your phone, television, computer, kindle etc - can disrupt your sleeping patterns and keep you awake at night. This can be easily avoided by dimming the lights throughout your home as the night progresses, right up until bedtime. Depending on what time you go to bed, turn off at least 60% of the light in your home at least three hours before bedtime. This will help your body prepare itself for a more peaceful and easy night of sleep.

Eating Late

It generally takes anywhere from 12-24 hours for a healthy individual to digest food and eliminate waste. The beginning phases of digestion break down the food and release nutrients into our blood stream to be delivered throughout various parts of the body. Once you eat something, your body cannot shut off the digesting process. This is because your body wants to take in food and quickly convert it into a useful source of energy. Depending on your diet, the sugars in food can keep you awake at night. Since the body is at rest (or trying to), food will turn into fat and get wasted as a valuable energy source. Try to eat lighter, more frequent meals throughout the day and avoid foods high in sugar and fat later in the evening.

Works Cited

Why lack of sleep is bad for your health. (2015, June 15). Retrieved February 8, 2017, from Berkley, C. (n.d.).

What You Eat Can Sabotage Your Sleep. Retrieved February 9, 2017, from

How much sleep do we really need? (2017, February 8). Retrieved from National Sleep Foundation (n.d.). Retrieved February 8, 2017, from Peri, C. (2014, February 13).

10 Things to Hate About Sleep Loss. (J. Beckman MD, Ed.). Retrieved February 8, 2017, from

Sleep Hacks: How Much Sleep Do You Need?

The easiest way to achieve a healthy lifestyle begins with giving your body the proper amount of sleep, in order to rejuvenate, reset and prepare yourself physically and mentally for the next day.

Unfortunately, living the busy lifestyles we do, achieving a decent night’s shuteye can easily become more pipe dream than sweet dream.

The human body’s sleep/wake cycle is known as the circadian rhythm. This rhythm is internal and is, for the most part, unknowingly designed by you. It creates the feeling of sleepiness when it’s dark outside and also that feeling of wakefulness when the sun is out.

The amount of sleep each person need varies between individuals, as each and every one of us varies in age, lifestyle, and health. Generally, the younger you are in age, the more sleep you actually need per day. Refer to the guide below to see where you sit on the spectrum:

• Newborns and Infants: about 12 -19 hours

• Toddlers and Preschoolers: anywhere from 10-14 hours

• 6-13 years: 9-11 hours

• 14-18 years: 8-10 hours

• 18-25 years: 7-10 hours

• 25-64 years: 7-9 hours

• >65 years: 6-8 hours

No one person’s circadian rhythm is the same: each individual will have their own body clocks. Finding your own circadian rhythm and working in harmony with it is a key factor in achieving the kind of solid, sound and nourishing sleep that dreams are made of.

Works Cited

Why lack of sleep is bad for your health (2015, June 15). Retrieved February 8, 2017, from
Berkley, C. (n.d.). What You Eat Can Sabotage Your Sleep. Retrieved February 9, 2017, from

How much sleep do we really need? (2017, February 8). Retrieved from National Sleep Foundation (n.d.). Retrieved February 8, 2017, from Peri, C. (2014, February 13).

10 Things to Hate About Sleep Loss (J. Beckman MD, Ed.). Retrieved February 8, 2017, from

Leave It To The Pros: The Benefits Of Seeing A Psychologist

Did you know that seeing a psychologist isn’t about being mentally messy? It’s actually a proven tactic to plan for the future, discuss your dreams and desires and discover the best version of you!

Taking a preventative approach to your mental health can make all the difference to your overall physical wellbeing. Psychologists are trained to help you get to the root of your internalized thoughts and offer strategies to effectively deal with them. It’s always best to #prevent any health setbacks by getting #prepared.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t fall pretty to the dangerous stigma that only mentally unstable people see a therapist.  Invest in your mental health and use the counsel of a professionally trained psychologist to #planyourfuture and #achieveyourgoals.

What Is A Psychologist

Practicing psychologists have the professional medical training and clinical skills to help people learn to cope more effectively with both short-term and long-term life issues. They help their patients overcome a whole spectrum of human behaviour, including mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, addiction, chronic health conditions, grief, stress, learning difficulties, guidance and life planning. Psychologists studied medicine for a minimum of 6 years in Australia to achieve their qualification. After their studies, many psychologists continue to research and study in detail in their chosen fields.

How Can A Psychologist Help Me

Think of your psychologist as your life coach. I visit my psychologist to help plan for the future and deal with the past and process the present, in order to be better equipped for the future. In Australia, you don’t need a GP referral to see a psychologist, but I do recommend chatting with your GP to include a psychologist in your holistic health plan. If you see a psychologist and don’t find that their advice is working, shop around.

How Often Should I Go See A Psychologist?

Have an open discussion with your GP. If your goal is to seek life advice, every 6 months is a good milestone to help keep your goals on track.

Leave It To The Pros: The Benefits Of Seeing A Dietician

With food trends coming in and out of vogue at what feels like lightning speed (see ya later Atkins, goodbye Paleo, hello vegan?!) finding the correct meal plan for your body can feel a little overwhelming.

The over abundance of books and online resources at our immediate disposal can easily create confusion regarding what to eat, when to eat and how to prepare your meals.

Thankfully, there are medical experts who have studied long and hard to help you navigate the food pyramid and develop the right eating plan for your personal goals and/or health requirements. Read on to discover more about dieticians and why you should get to know one stat.

What Is A Dietician?

A Dietitian is a healthcare professional who has completed tertiary training, usually with a Master’s Degree at university in the area of nutrition and dietetics, which is the applied science of nutrition and its application to dietary change in people.

How Can Dieticians Help Me?

Dieticians design a meal-plan program in line with your goals. Whether you seek to lose weight, add muscle, plan a pregnancy or deal with food allergies/intolerances, visiting a Dietician will help you define the ideal caloric or nutritional intake to suit your needs. Implementing small changes in your diet over a long period of time can make a big change: stick to the mean plan a Dietician tailor-makes for you will help you achieve your positive health and body goals in the long run.

How Often Should I Go See A Dietician?

Speak with your GP, but generally, it’s best to see a dietician every 6 - 12 months.

Leave It To The Pros: The Benefits Of Seeing A Personal Trainer

Whether you’re a recent gym convert or a seasoned pro, everyone can tap into the enormous well of knowledge and motivation that personal trainers can provide their clients.

Think about a personal trainer like the coach of a sports team; without a coach, it’s easy for a team to lose focus and direction. The same is true for a personal exercise regime. Not only do personal trainers provide expert advice on physical technique, but they effectively become your ‘exercise coach’ of sorts to keep you motivated, assign new benchmarks to overcomes and stay on track to ultimately achieve your goals.

Personal trainers are extremely passionate individuals regarding health and body fitness. You’ll be surprised just how easily their enthusiasm and expertise can positively affect your attitude towards a 6am gym start. Read on to learn more about these awesome professionals and why you need one in your life.

What Is A Personal Trainer?

A Personal Trainer is a certified individual who possesses advanced knowledge in the fields of general fitness, human anatomy and exercise techniques. Certification levels vary from country to country, so if you find you are not finding motivation or seeing results from visiting your personal trainer, it’s worth shopping around.  A good personal trainer inspires and educates their clients about all things health, nutrition and wellness.

How Can Personal Trainers Help Me?

Personal trainers equip you with the best workout routines and exercises for your body type. Most importantly, personal trainers teach you how to do each move CORRECTLY to avoid injury. Working with a personal trainer means you should see an immediate improvement compared to training in the gym solo or attending a class environment. It’s the one-on-one specialised attention your personal trainer will give that makes all the difference in the overall effectiveness of your routines. How Often Should I See A Personal Trainer? See a personal trainer once a month. Not only will they help change up your routine, but personal trainers can track your progress and assist with long-term goal setting – and goal achieving!

How Often Should I See A Personal Trainer?

See a personal trainer once a month. Not only will they help change up your routine, but personal trainers can track your progress and assist with long-term goal setting – and goal achieving!

Top 5 Heatwave Hacks

It’s hot in Australia at the moment. Really hot. Super dooper can’t-concentrate-on-anything-other-than-plunging-into-cold-water hot.

Heatstroke kills more Australians than natural disasters, with up to 80% of cases ending in fatalities. With temperatures set to soar above the 40 degree mark across the island continent over the coming week, there’s never been a more important time to be sun-sensible and look out for the wellbeing of those around you.

Read on to discover my top heatwave hacks to #beattheheat in rockstar style.


Tip # 1 – Look After People Around You

During extreme conditions, look after the people around you, especially children, the elderly and animals, who are most at risk of heat exhaustion. If you live next door to a family with small children or elderly people, tap on your neighbours’ door and make sure they’re OK - daily, if possible. It could make all the difference in the long run. 

Tip # 2 – Stay Hydrated

Avoid alcohol or caffeine during a heatwave as they are diuretics that will ensure you lose more water and salt from your body than you should. Drink plenty of water, but make sure to include an electrolyte supplement such as Hydralyte, or pick up a pre-packaged electrolyte drink like Powerade, to optimize your body’s sugar and salt levels. Make sure you eat plenty of fruit on the side – oranges and watermelon are filled to the brim with water and natural sugars, as well as being pretty darn delicious.

Tip # 3 – Avoid Prolonged Sun Exposure

It may sound like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people flock to the beach and swimming pools during the day, only to get heatstroke. Stay out of the sun – I repeat – STAY OUT OF THE SUN. Go swimming in the early mornings and evenings and always make sure to bring more water and electrolytes than you think you will need. The UV count is significantly lower at these times compared with the middle of the day, so you’ll also reduce the risk of sun damage.

Tip # 4 – Get Thee To Air Con Paradise

If you don’t have air conditioning – or if you have a busted unit from the 70s that’s on its last legs – get to your local shopping centre, library or cinema and enjoy the benefits of their state-of-the-art systems. Treat yourself to a movie and buy a spray mister from the $2 shop on the way out. Grab a couple for any children or elderly people in your neighborhood who might not be able to make it to the shops.

Tip # 5 – Eat Healthy and Don’t Have Heavy Meals

Ditch the heavy meals and switch to eating cold, lighter dishes. Larger meals will kickstart your metabolism and increase your body heat. Summer is a great time for fresh produce, so switch that heavy carb dish for a protein-rich salad.

Tip # 5 - Limit or Avoid Exercise

Exercising during extreme heat puts you at a larger risk of heat exhaustion. If you can’t bear the idea of missing your daily gym session, choose more low-impact exercises like hatha yoga or pilates that won’t require you to sweat and lose vital water and salts.

Not-So-Sexy Syphilis

In Australia and many other developed countries, Syphilis is back on the increase.

This is due, in part, to both heterosexual and same-sex couples not using condoms. In same-sex couples, HIV prophylaxis PrEP and post exposure PEP is another contributing factor.

Read on to learn some off-the-beaten stats and details about the disease.


Syphilis has been around for a long time. From mummified ancient Egyptian royalty, through to the Greeks and Romans, the New World, the Americas and movie stars of today, syphilis is unfortunately an omni-present disease throughout history.  In fact, syphilis - and a few other STI’s - were the second most common reason for disability and absence from duty during World War I, II and the Vietnam War.  So devastating was syphilis in the pre-penicillin years that it effectively halted several large conflicts in Europe, including the first of the Italian Wars where Charles VIII of France invaded Naples, but was essentially thwarted by his own troops of painful and repulsive sores.


Primary syphilis classically presents itself on the genitals between 3 weeks and 3 months post-exposure and most often looks like a single firm, painless, non-itchy skin lump called a gumma (this is different to that of herpes and other STI’s that are painful and or itchy). 

At this stage of the disease, it is relatively easy to treat primary syphilis with a course of antibiotics, undetected, it can often evolve quickly from a lump to something resembling a pustule, and from there to a painless ulcer.

Latent and Tertiary syphilis carry the greatest health risks. 

Latent syphilis is defined as having syphilis in your blood, but without showing any symptoms. Latent syphilis can change at anytime to tertiary, with some cases reported of people getting tertiary symptoms 40+ years later.

Tertiary syphilis infection is divided into three classes:

Gummatous - characterized by chronic soft tumour-like gummas affecting the skin, bone and liver;

Neurosyphilis - referring to when the infection involves the brain and central nervous system.  It can cause problems from loss of sensation, poor balance, to lightening pains in the lower extremities, dementia, seizures and death.  Not the kind of syphilis that you want nor is it easy to treat or reverse.

Cardiovascular - causes the formation of aneurysms, and sometimes death, if a large one were to burst. Yikes.


HIV, herpes and other STIs not only make it easier to catch syphilis, but also to mis-diagnose and under treat the disease.  Many people with secondary syphilis report never having been aware of any primary symptoms at all: though once it has reached this stage, up to 30% of people will have a re-occurrence, even after what is considered effective treatment.  Secondary syphilis is widespread, often affecting the palms and soles with bacteria filled wart-like lesions that are contagious and only appear weeks or months after that initial lump or ulcer.


Infants born with congenital syphilis have a much higher chance of organomegaly (enlarged organs such as the liver and spleen). If untreated late, congenital syphilis results in facial and body deformations.  Syphilis is transmitted to children during pregnancy or birth, and whilst many children are born without recognizable symptoms, they are often latent carriers with issues developing later in life.  Mothers are screened for syphilis in both the first and third trimester to try and prevent the problems with congenital transmission though this is still an ongoing issue in developing nations.


Whilst syphilis is preventable through the use of safe sex, there have been several cases of transmission through heavy petting and other body contact where one of the two partners has an open sore.


You need regular sexual health testing so that doctors can halt the disease in its primary stage, rather than have it carry on undetected through stages 2-4 where there can be fatal consequences. Visit your doctor to schedule regular health checkups, regardless of whether you are single or in a relationship.


So whatever your sexual orientation, slip on a condom, as there is no vaccine for syphilis, and barrier protection is the best way to prevent the vast majority of its spread and other STIs.  This does not completely eliminate the risk - even if you never have unprotected sex, you still need to get STI tested every 6-12 months to ensure you’re not a carrier, as the downstream effects can be devastating. 

How To Increase Your Libido

As a doctor, I am amazed at how many people I talk to during the consultation process who don’t have sex, don’t think they have enough sex and/or have never spoken about sex in an objective manner.

Although sex is a frequently discussed topic, it's mostly chatted about over a glass of wine with friends. Different people have different interpretations of how it's done, but one thing's for sure: sex is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. 

Losing one's libido can happen easily, regardless of whether you are in a relationship or single, heteroexual or homosexual, young or older or man or woman. We’re all obsessed with doing the latest fad diets to get fit for summer, but one of the most fun ways to help get fit and healthy is something we can all agree on is fun - and that’s great sex! 

Read on for some libido-raising tips to inspire you to get on the good foot and do the bad thing!

  • Did you know having sex burns upwards of 144 calories per 30 minutes? And if that's not more fun than a trip to the gym, I don't know what is!
  • Sex improves your sleep, after orgasm, the hormone prolactin is released which is responsible for the feelings of relaxation and sleepiness.
  • Having sex will inevitably lead to having more sex. Researchers found that having sex increases your want for more sex. Having regular sex also increases natural lubrication, blood flow and elasticity – all of which makes for even more enjoyable sex.
  • Regular ejaculation can also reduce the risk of prostate cancer developing in males let's get that sex drive going!
  • Some peptides and other pharmaceuticals can get things racin,  such as Bremelanotide PT-141, which was originally developed from the peptide hormone melanotan used as a tanning agent.  When people used melanotan it was found that they experienced increased sexual arousal and 9 out of 10 test subjects had spontaneous erections.  There are several other substances on the market that can help to kick-start sex, which in turn leads to wanting more of it - ask your doctor for information.
  • Some natural libido boosters  include oysters, figs, bananas and avocados which can all increase blood flow to the genitals. These libido boosters are also just generally healthy, full of good fats and proteins.

5 Health Reasons Why Marriage Is For Everyone

From Beyonce to the Queen, there is so much debate around marriage and the ability for some groups to be able to marry, whilst others are restricted. I thought it was important to take a look at this from a health perspective, not just a social one. 

For the past several decades, researchers have been looking into the health benefits of marriage, specifically regarding how marriage stands up to other wellness factors such as exercise, eating well and getting sleep.  After studying men and women for the past forty years, the evidence according to Linda Waite - a sociologist from the University of Chicago - is so conclusive in the corner of marriage. Waite maintains throughout her research that married life leads to a longer and healthier life than unmarried life. The difference in data is so conclusive that one sociologist has said marriage is as great for your health as giving up smoking. 

With this in mind  - and with so many organisations, governing bodies and other countries agreeing - why don’t we have marriage equality in Australia? Especially when Australians as a culture are, for the most part,  extremely health focused!

Here are 5 health reasons in support of marriage for all.


Whilst the reasons for married people living longer are not yet fully understood, the correlation between being married and decreased mortality has been established across a wide range of studies and cultures.  This association goes beyond simply cohabitation. Professor Robert Coombs from UCLA found that unmarried people of both sexes have higher death rates across all categories, including accident, disease or self-inflicted.  Other studies have found a direct correlation between longevity and the closeness of two people, ranked on a scale from 1 (marriage), 2 (cohabitation), 3 (close friends) and 4 (single). If you’re not the relationship type, find a fun friend to move in with - you'll both live longer. 


How many times have you heard “since he/she got married she really let herself go”? Research would be against us showing that married people actually enjoy better physical health, are less likely to have minor illnesses such as colds and flus and recover faster from health issues such as cancer, heart disease and strokes.  Some studies have even suggested that getting married can boost your immune system. Not bad for the ol' ball and chain.


Was she crazy before the cats, or did the cats make her that way? Several studies of mental illness have shown that married people have lower rates of depression, anxiety and other psychiatric disorders compared to divorced people, co-habiting people and single people.  In fact, when testing neural pathways, some researchers suggested that the overall happiness experienced by marriage was equivalent to receiving a $100,000 pay rise annually.  With that amount of happiness, it’s no wonder that couples were found to have less cats.


Studies have shown that marriage will not only help to prevent cancer, but married patients have also been found across multiple studies to be diagnosed earlier, live longer after diagnosis and found treatment easier.  Chronic conditions fare similarly, with patients scoring themselves as being happier and experiencing less severe symptoms if they weren't married. 


Contrary to popular 17th century opinion, copulating is not simply for baby making. The health benefits of regular sex - regardless of gender or sexual orientation - are immense.  A study from 2010 showed that married couples actually have sex more than their single counterparts, with 82% of married couples having had sex in the past year compared with 49% of single people.  Perhaps many of the health benefits of marriage is simply due to the wonders of regular sex with someone you love having a huge impact on your longevity, wellness and happiness.


Lifting the restriction on marriage equality in Australia - and allowing same-sex attracted people to form relationships in many other countries where it is illegal - is not only integral to social justice and protecting the rights of minorities, but as we have read, super important to life itself. Loving relationships of all kinds are far more beneficial than staying in unhealthy and abusive relationships. It doesn't take Einstein to figure out that abusive marriages with perpetrators and victims have the worse health outcomes of all.  Friendships if you’re not in a relationship and the communication that comes from it was also found to have significant health benefits. 

So whether you’re married, de-facto, thrupling or single ready-to mingle keep those conversations and relationships flowing.


5 (More) Reasons To Have More Sex

Just in case you needed more convincing...


Sex is an amazing way to improve your skin and it does this through increasing your circulation along with the release of wonderful cytokines that make your skin glow. As we’ve also mentioned, sex can help to relax your body and also your face, which means you’ll need less injectables less often.  


Woo! Snore.....Ever wondered why you pass out post orgasm? Well sex increases levels of the hormone prolactin and then is released into the body when you climax. Prolactin is responsible for a range of feelings including relaxation and sleepiness. So go ahead - knock yourself out.


Whilst there haven’t been any conclusive studies to show that there is a direct correlation between orgasm and reduced prostate size, there have been some studies showing that men who ejaculate at least 21 times a month were less likely to get prostate enlargement. 


Just like many analgesics, sex and orgasms can block pain pathways helping those suffering from a range of conditions to have decreased pain. Along with this it has been found that many forms of genital stimulation can suppress chronic back and neck pain, arthritic pain, headaches and much more. 


To finish of our top 10 for benefits of regular sex we can say that sex reduces pain, makes us happier, healthier and sexier it can also keep us alive longer. The exercise, reduction in blood pressure, relaxation and release of amazing hormones like oestrogen and testosterone have all been shown to keep us ticking on even longer in a healthy manner. For men who have sex twice a week (the minimum for all of us now having read this) it has been shown are half as likely to die of heart disease than those who had sex rarely.

However you do it, however you like it, and with whomever you do it, remember #justdoit.

5 Reasons To Have More Sex

Want a health hit like no other? It's as easy as getting naked...


Research shows us that having sex reduces your stress levels and that the intimacy with your partner can help to reduce anxiety by increasing a chemical that revs up your reward and pleasure pathways in your brain. Let’s not forget the benefits that improved self-esteem and happiness can bring!


Sex boosts our antibodies. We are exposed to viruses all the time and the levels of antibodies in our system help us to defend against becoming sick. Researchers have found that people who have sex 2 times a week were less likely to get sick, had higher immune levels and took less sick days than their frigid co-workers. Along with this, increasing or decreasing your levels of sex during the week correlated directly to the same increase or decrease in your immunity.


Yes if you can believe it, sex actually lowers our blood pressure. The racing of your heart with flirting and teasing does a back-flip during sex with studies showing that regular sex reduces heart rate. Want a health hit like no other? It's as easy as getting naked... 


It should come as no great surprise that sex can be a great cardio workout, or I guess some weightlifting could also be the case for some. Studies into sex and its benefits have shown that you can burn more than 5 calories a minute, making sex one of the best exercise routines. Getting creative can burn even more calories and workout other unused areas, so be sure to add this into your regular exercise regime and keep it consistent.


One of the best things about sex is that it facilitates us to have more sex. Sex actively boosts our libido and researchers (those lucky buggers) have found that it promotes happy hormones and neurotransmitters to give us a stronger desire to do it again. Along with this it helps to improve blood flow, natural lubrication and gives us that wonderful glow.