A little bonding time between a man and his penis is always welcome, which is one reason why masturbation is enjoyed by almost all men. A lot of men already know that masturbation comes with a bonus in terms of helping maintain penis health. Yet many men think the health benefits stop there. In fact, masturbation can have health benefits that extend beyond the penis itself - giving a guy yet another reason to indulge in some quality "me" time.

So what are some of these health benefits that come with a little self-stroking? An incomplete list would include the following:

1. It can help a guy lose weight. No, this doesn’t have to do with how many calories a guy burns off in one masturbation session; a guy does go through some calories, but not as many as he might think. This has to do instead with helping curb the desire for a little comfort food. When a person has an orgasm, the body releases a number of hormones. One of them is oxytocin. Studies have shown that more oxytocin in the body makes a person happier and more content - and less likely to reach for that bag of potato chips.

2. It de-stresses. Stress and anxiety are major factors in running a guy’s health into the ground - and both of these are common among men in today’s society. As mentioned, masturbating to orgasm releases hormones, which in addition to oxytocin also include dopamine. Both these hormones are among the best natural ways of making the body feel relaxed. So masturbating when stressed can be a handy way of keeping healthy.

3. It helps with a cold. One of the more interesting health benefits associated with self-gratification is that it can have a positive impact on nasal congestion. When engaging in self-stimulation (or in partner sex), blood goes rushing around the body - including into the nasal passages, where the increased rate of flow is frequently able to de-clog the blood vessels and alleviate the stuffiness associated with colds and allergies.

4. It boosts immunity. A small study of 11 men found that masturbating had a measurable impact upon their immune response. Blood samples taken during the masturbation process demonstrated that the activity increased the number of leukocytes in the blood.

5. It helps a guy get a good night’s sleep. Remember those chemicals that get released after an orgasm? They also include vasopressin and prolactin, which, along with good ol’ oxytocin, are among the best drowsiness inducers a body can have. So a few good strokes before bed may be a good way to catch up on some zzzz’s - and get the rest the body needs.

6. It helps prevent incontinence. Many doctors believe that masturbating exercises many of the muscles and body parts helpful in controlling urinary flow. So giving them a good workout through self-fondling can have benefits of keeping incontinence at bay as a guy grows older.

Of course, masturbation alone cannot maintain a guy’s health - or even the specific health of his penis. For the latter, a man needs to faithfully use a superior penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) . How will he know which crème to use? First, he needs to be sure that it "covers all the bases" by containing a wide range of vitamins - definitely A, B5, C, D and E. Applying these topically in a crème form will enable them to deliver their benefits directly to the penis. Second, the crème should contain alpha lipoic acid, a potent antioxidant that fights free radicals. This in turn prevents the kind of oxidative stress that can harm penile cellular structure.