There's no denying that sex helps couples connect to each other on new levels, and enables couples to have a healthy relationships but believe it or not, it's actually good for your health as well. Countless studies have shown that regular sex can give you all kinds of health benefits, in addition to leading a happy life with your partner. In fact, having sex regularly can help reduce stress, alleviate pain, boost your self-esteem, and even help you live longer. Here's a list of ten reasons why living a sexually active lifestyle can improve your health. You could be doing your body so many favors.
10 It Keeps Your Immune System Healthy
According to Yvonne K. Fulbright, PhD, a sexual health expert, "Sexually active people take fewer sick days." This is because people who have sex regularly, one to two times a week, have a 30 percent increase in immunoglobulin A, an antibody that boosts your immune system and protects your body against pathogens. So in addition to washing your hands, eating healthy, and exercising to keep those pesky sicknesses away, why not try sex? You'll have a better chance of escaping those cold and flu viruses and of course, you'll feel great.
9 It Lowers Your Chance of Heart Attack
Living a sexually active lifestyle isn't only good for immune system, it's also good for your heart. Studies have shown that having sex regularly can reduce the risk of heart attacks in both men and women. Researchers at Queen's University, found that having sex just three times a week could reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke by as much as half. A study reported in the American Journal of Cardiology, found that, "men with sexual activity of once per a month or less had a 45% increased risk of cardiovascular disease during the study period." So in addition to living a healthy lifestyle, add sex to your routine. Your heart will thank you.
8 It lessens Pain
If you suffer from chronic pain, instead of reaching for another aspirin, try sex. Studies have shown that it can help block pain by causing the brain to release endorphins, which are natural pain relievers. In a study carried out at Rutgers University, New Jersey, researchers found that, "women with conditions such as arthritis and whiplash gain a higher pain threshold through regular sex." In addition to helping with arthritis pain, having sex can also help reduce menstrual cramps, back pain, leg pain, and headaches.
7 It Counts as exercise
Are you tired of doing the same old workouts? Why not try skipping the gym and having sex instead? A sexual session can burn anywhere between 85-250 calories. Not only will you burn calories, but you will also get toned and increase your flexibility. A Canadian study revealed that, "half an hour of sexual activity could burn more calories than walking on a treadmill." In fact in just 25 minutes of sexual activity, "men burned an average of 100 calories, the women 69." So next time you don't feel like working out, skip the gym and start a steamy session with your partner instead.
6 It Improves Sleep
Have you ever been annoyed with your partner for nodding off after sex? Well it turns out there is a scientific reason for being sleepy after sex. According to Sheenie Ambardar, MD, a psychiatrist, "After orgasm, the hormone prolactin is released, which is responsible for the feelings of relaxation and sleepiness after sex." Prolactin helps promote a more restful, easy sleep.
5 It Cure's Headaches
Let's face it, when you have a headache your probably not in the mood to be sexually active with your loved one. But research has showed that sex can actually be a quick fix to a headache. According to a study done at the Headache Clinic at Southern Illinois University, "The endorphins that are released during an orgasm closely resemble morphine, and they effectively relieve pain." In fact, of the women who participated in the study, half of the them, who suffer from chronic migraines, said they felt pain relief post sex.
4 It Reduces Stress
Stressed about giving that big presentation at work tomorrow, no problem. Studies have shown that having sex regularly can help reduce stress. According to research from the University of the West of Scotland, "People who have intercourse at least once over two weeks were better able to manage stressful situations such as public speaking." This is because endorphins called oxytocin are released during sex. These amazing little hormones help prevent anxiety and depression while creating feelings of relaxation. Feeling like you need a little extra de-stressor? Cuddling can also release those feel good hormones, preparing you for any stressful situation.
3 Having More Sex Makes Sex Better
Are you constantly feeling like your just not in the mood? Are the daily pressures of life getting in the way of your sex life? Well the answer to this kind of problem is simple, have more sex. According to Lauren Streicher, MD, "Having sex will make sex better and will improve your libido." So if you want to get in the mood and stay in it, keep up regular sessions with your partner. As well as all the other health benefits sex has to offer, you will also gain a better sex drive and a more satisfying sex life.
2 It helps you look better
Having sex regularly can help you feel and look better by smoothing out your wrinkles, and giving you all-over healthy glow. During sex, the hormone oestrogen is released. According to an American study this hormone, "has a plumping effect on the skin, helping to smooth out fine wrinkles." The study also found that women who have sex regularly have twice the amount of oestrogen than women who don't have sex regularly. Sex can also give you an all-over healthy glow. According to a study done at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, "sex pumps higher levels of oxygen around the body, increasing the flow of blood and nutrients to the skin, and pushes newer, fresher skin cells to the surface, making skin look healthier."
1 It Helps You Live Longer
After learning about all the benefits that sex has to offer, it shouldn't come as a surprise that sex can help extend your life. Just some of the benefits of sex include decreased stress levels, an improved immune system, reduced risk of heart disease, pain relief, and better sleep. The more research that is done about sex the clearer it is becoming that regular sex is one of the key components towards leading a healthy lifestyle.