Sex not only feels good and intensifies the feeling of love – researchers have found out that sex is a form of moderately intense exercise and enhances many aspects of your physical and mental health.
Therefore, an active sex regime (2 – 3 times per week) is actually a foolproof method to better health.
Here are some benefits of a healthy sex life:
1. Improves your immunity system
The reason why sexually active people take fewer sick days is because they have a stronger immunity system that helps fights off invading germs and bacteria from their bodies. Researchers have found out that having sex once or twice a week increases the level of immunoglobulin A, a major antibody that defends your body against colds and other infections. Therefore, do consider having more sex with your partner to keep the doctor away.
2. Lower your stress levels
Touching and hugging during sex triggers the release of your body’s feel good hormones, which helps to ease stress and boost pleasure, calm and self-esteem. When engaged in stressful situations, like public speaking, sexually active people responded better with lower blood pressure than those who rarely have sex. This is because sexual intercourse helps to bring oxygen to your blood and keeps your mind away from negative thoughts and worries.
3. Helps you fall asleep
A relaxation-inducing hormone, prolactin, is released after orgasm, and that is why we tend to doze off easily after sex. Oxytocin is also released after sexual climax, and it helps to induce sleepiness in us. Thus, plan some bedroom escapades if you are craving for some well deserved sleep!
4. Relieves you from pain
During sex, the flood of oxytocin will in turn stimulate the release of endorphins, which helps to restrict the transmission of pain signals to the brain, resulting in pain relief. Studies have shown that sexual activities can mitigate back and leg pain, as well as pain from arthritis and headaches. Hence, having an orgasm may be more effective than taking an aspirin.
5. Gives you vibrant skin
There is some truth to the “morning after” glow because sex actually helps you look younger and more beautiful. This is due to the combination of factors like lower stress levels, better mood and increased blood circulation under your skin, giving it a glowing effect.
6. Improves your mood
Naturally, having sexual intercourse with someone you love can make you happy and uplifts your mood. From a scientific perspective, this is the result of neurotransmitters released during healthy sex. Also, studies have shown that contact with semen, which contains a myriad of chemicals, like endorphins, oxytocin and prolactin, can help improve your mood.
7. Promotes intimacy and relationship
Also known as the “love hormone”, oxytocin helps to build trust and bonds between people. Sex and orgasms lead to the release of oxytocin, which is exchanged between both partners, and helps them to feel connected. Researchers have found out that couples with more loving physical contact have higher amounts of oxytocin in their bodies. Thus, to strengthen the love between you and your partner, have more sex starting from today.
8. A good way to exercise
Though it is not equivalent to running on the treadmill, sex is still a great form of exercise as it helps to burn calories and strengthen muscles. Based on research studies done, for every minute of sex, a man burns about 4 calories while a woman burns about 3 calories. This is definitely much better than watching television programs and not doing anything.
9. Prevents cancer
Recent studies have suggested that men who ejaculates 21 times per month reduced their risk of prostrate cancer. This can be achieved through sexual intercourse, nocturnal emission or masturbation. As for women, regular sex can reduce the risk of getting breast cancer.
10. Strengthens your heart
To live to a ripe old age, it is necessary to have a healthy heart. Men who have sex at least twice a week is less likely to develop heart disease than those who did so once a month or less. This is because sex helps to keep your oestrogen and testosterone levels in balance, which is important for your heart. Therefore, make out more often for the benefit of you and your partner’s hearts.