No thanks... I really shouldn't… Oh, go on then! Truth is, lots of those naughty things are actually good for your health and well-being. So, go on, INDULGE!

1. Chocolate

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Scientists believe it may: …boost concentration…reduce stress…help lower blood pressure… improve mental performance…protect against heart attacks and strokes…keep your bones strong…alleviate PMS symptoms…help protect against colon cancer…fight tiredness, anxiety and depression…plus put you in the mood for lurve. Bring on the Galaxy!

 

2. Wine

Naughty: woman drinking red wine

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Scientists believe it may: …protect against heart disease and ovarian cancer…preserve your memory…help prevent clots and reduce blood-vessel inflammation…encourage your body to burn extra calories…guard against food poisoning…reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes…plus boost oestrogen levels resulting in higher bone mass. Who’s got the corkscrew?

 

3. Beer

Naughty: man drinking bottle of beer

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Scientists believe it may: …fight inflammation…aid digestion and control the growth of dangerous gut bacteria…help prevent certain cancers…build and maintain healthy bones…lower the risk of heart disease… protect brain cells from oxidative damage…reduce the likelihood of kidney stones…protect against Alzheimer’s disease…aid weight loss…balance hormones…plus supply the body with super-nutrients. Be rude not to.

 

4. Sex

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Scientists believe it may:…help boost your immune system and ward off colds…give your libido some welly…strengthen pelvic floor muscles in women…lower blood pressure…burn 5 calories a minute…tone muscles…get the heart pumping…keep hormones in balance…block out chronic pain…help ward off prostate cancer…improve sleep…ease stress…plus help you look younger, with fewer wrinkles. Quick – call your other half!

 

5. Gossip

Naughty: two women laughing and gossiping

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Scientists believe it may:…increase your concern about others’ wellbeing…help you share your worries…deter selfish behaviour…increase your social bonds…increase your lifespan…improve communication skills…relax you…increase job satisfaction…boost progesterone…plus boost self-esteem. Psst – did you hear about..?

 

THE CATCH… Course, it does need to be the right kind of gossip/sex/beer/wine/chocolate, and not everyone gets all the benefits, and you have to bear in mind any underlying medical conditions, and moderation is still a big YES! (But shhh – we won’t tell, if you don’t…)

 

So go on – what’s your guilty pleasure..?