Surprising Heart Benefits (And More) of this Private Pleasure
The only sure way to get healthy and fit is to put in hours of sweaty workouts and count calories like a miser, right? Wrong. There is something you can do that is far more beneficial to your health. And I guarantee it’s way more enjoyable.
It turns out that having regular sex is one of the best things you can do to improve your overall health. And the more sex you have, the greater the benefits!
In today’s article we’ll take a look at some of the many health benefits to be gained from being sexually active. I’ll also share some tips on how to give your sex life a boost.
Health Benefits of Regular Sex
Sex is a really healthy activity for both mind and body. Not only does it reduce stress, it also generates feelings of intimacy and increases self-esteem. But beyond the emotional benefits, an active sex life also offers a broad range of physical benefits.
Boosts Your Immunity
If you have sex on a regular basis, meaning once or twice a week, you are getting higher levels of an important antibody. It’s called immunoglobulin A, and it’s your body’s first line of defense against invading organisms. It actually fights them off at their point of entry into your body. People who don’t have regular sex don’t get the full benefit of this important immune system antibody.
A recent study found that college students who had frequent sex (1-2 times a week) had elevated levels of immunoglobulin A. This was compared to those students who had sex less often.
Lowers Your Blood Pressure
Studies have shown that regular intercourse lowers your blood pressure and improves stress levels. In particular, intercourse lowers your systolic pressure. That’s the first number of the two-number blood pressure test.
Improves Your Heart Health
Did you know that if you make love frequently (twice a week or more) you’re a whopping 45 percent less likely to ever develop heart disease! This is compared to men who have sex once a month or less. It’s true. Several studies have shown that frequent sex provides truly amazing benefits for your heart-health.
Provides Pain Relief
It’s been shown that during sex your body releases hormones that help reduce pain. Specifically, sex helps to block or reduce leg and back pain, along with pain from headaches and arthritis. One study found that the act of sex can provide complete or partial headache relief in some cluster and migraine headache patients.
In fact, having an orgasm releases a hormone that actually raises your pain threshold. Other scientists report that an orgasm is not necessary for pain relief. They found that genital stimulation, even without orgasm, can reduce headache pain and the pain of arthritis.
May Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk
Research shows that men who ejaculate at least five times a week, either from sex or masturbation, show a reduced risk of prostate cancer. The reasons for this are still unclear and need further study. But it gives you one more reason to enjoy one of the most naturally healthy and enjoyable activities you can do.
Sexual activity causes your body to release its own feel-good chemicals. This helps relieve stress and boosts self-esteem, pleasure, and a sense of calm. Studies show that regular sexual intercourse helps people do better in stressful situations.
Boosts Your Libido
Not surprisingly, the more often you have sex, the more you want to keep enjoying it. Since it’s a pleasurable experience it creates an emotional connection, causing you to crave more. This leads to what researchers call the pleasure cycle. Your libido is revved up, which encourages you to have more sex, which boosts your libido. All this leads to increased frequency of sex and more health benefits.
Improves Your Sleep
After sex your body produces a temporary increase in relaxation hormones, which can help you fall asleep more quickly. And when you have an orgasm your body releases oxytocin, a powerful feel-good hormone that promotes sleep.
A Form of Exercise
Like other kinds of exercise, sex boosts heart rate, strengthens muscles, and burns calories. A recent study shows that sex burns about four calories per minute for men. This makes it a significant form of exercise, according to researchers. And it even helps you maintain your balance and flexibility.
Having regular sex and orgasms with someone results in increased levels of oxytocin. This is a hormone that is sometimes called the love hormone because it helps you feel a bond and connection with your partner. This increases feelings of intimacy. It’s believed these feelings contribute to a sense of well-being and improved mental and physical health.
Give Your Sex Life a Boost
You’ve seen some of the wonderful health benefits to be gained from an active sex life. But what if you’re not having the sex life you’d like? Turns out there are some steps you can take to improve the situation.
There are a lot of obstacles that can interfere with a satisfying sex life. Stress, fear of failure, and defensiveness are destructive forces that can slam your libido. These psychological forces can dampen your sex drive. Stress is probably the biggest culprit. If you face some of these issues, you might want to follow some of the stress-reduction techniques I have suggested in earlier articles. Here is a quick overview of some ways to turn down your stress volume:
- Crank up your playtime. Engage in fun activities that you enjoy, like a hobby.
- Enjoy nature. Getting outdoors in the sunshine and fresh air is a natural stress reliever.
- Get some regular, moderate exercise. This is a great way to relieve stress.
- Get plenty of sleep. Sleep is the most powerful stress reliever of them all.
- Practice gratitude. Research shows that people who focus on things they are grateful for have lower levels of stress.
These are just a few of the many tools you can use to help reduce stress in your life. Lower stress will help you enjoy a fuller sex life. And as we’ve seen, there are many good reasons to make sex an important part of your life. After all, regular sex is a powerful wellspring of good health for both body and soul.