Published On: Jun 28 2012 04:01:24 PM EDTUpdated On: Jan 31 2013 09:31:35 AM EST
Many of life's greatest indulgences bring big health benefits. Health.com rates the 10 vices that are actually good for you.
10. Wine With Dinner
Researchers say a glass of wine a day is good for your heart. Its antioxidants may keep blood vessels flexible, or alcohol could boost good cholesterol.
9. Basking In The Sun
Sunshine is the ultimate natural antidepressant and exposing bare skin to the sun also triggers the synthesis of vitamin D.
8. Getting A Rubdown
Don’t ever feel guilty about shelling out for massages. Experts say people who are touched regularly are generally healthier.
7. Your Morning Java
A wealth of research suggests that coffee doesn’t just pick you up -- it fights heart disease and some cancers, and it may even help you push through harder, longer workouts.
6. Full-Fat Foods
Full-fat foods not only taste better but also serve a real health purpose, as long as you get the right amounts of the right kinds.
5. Night Out With Friends
Strong social ties can bring a host of benefits: fewer colds, better brain health and a longer life, to name a few.
4. Daily Chocolate Fix
Chocolate, preferably dark, and cocoa may help lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke and provide other cardiovascular benefits, multiple studies have shown.
3. Sexual Healing
Having sex releases feel-good endorphins and oxytocin, the hormone that promotes attachment, as well as the antibody immunoglobulin A, which shields you from colds and other infections.
2. Playing Hooky
Studies confirm that time off -- whether on a trip out of Dodge or a 24-hour staycation -- relieves stress, lowering your blood pressure and your risk for heart disease. It also promotes creative thinking.
1. Getting Your ZZZZZ's
Pillow time gives you energy, bolsters your immune system, boosts your memory and even helps you get (or stay) slim.