If you don’t think you should be “doing it” as much as you get older, it’s time to rethink that proposition. Of course sex is healthy, but did you know that a good sex life can provide specific health benefits? Sex supports everything from your heart to your happiness. So, getting busy with a partner can have some legit benefits beyond our brainwaves.
Here’s why you should be making SEX a priority in your wellness routine.
Helps Keep Your Immune System Humming
“Sexually active people take fewer sick days,” says Yvonne K. Fulbright, PhD a sexual health expert.
People who have sex have higher levels of what defends your body against germs, viruses, and other intruders. Researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania found that college students who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of the a certain antibody compared to students who had sex less often.
You should still do all the other things that make your immune system happy, such as:
- Eat right.
- Stay active.
- Get enough sleep.
- Keep up with your vaccinations.
- Use a condom if you don’t know both of your STD statuses.
Glowing, Younger-Looking Skin
That fabled “morning after” glow? It’s not just your imagination; you really do look better after having sex. “Sex even helps you look younger,” says Caron. That glow can be attributed to a combination of stress relief, better mood, and the flush of blood under your skin that’s a natural part of the arousal process.
Enjoying a healthy sex life is one of the great joys in life. Knowing intimacy could be a boon for your long-term health as well make it that much more pleasurable.
Sex protects against colds
Hitting the sheets once or twice a week raises the level of immunoglobulins (IgA) in your body, increasing protection against colds and flu. In fact, couples who have regular sex have 30 per cent higher levels of IgA than abstainers.
How can sex benefit your body?
This study suggests that sex can be good cardiovascular exercise in younger men and women. Though sex isn’t enough exercise on its own, it can be considered light exercise. Also Read: Top 12 Sex Mistakes Women Make in Bed, According To Men
Some of the benefits you can get from sex include:
- lowering blood pressure
- burning calories
- increasing heart health
- strengthening muscles
- reducing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and hypertension
- increasing libido
People with active sex lives tend to exercise more frequently and have better dietary habits than those who are less sexually active. Physical fitness may also improve sexual performance overall. Also Read: Top 10 Mistakes Men Make in Bed Acc To Women & How To Avoid Them
How sex benefits Women
Having an orgasm increases blood flow and releases natural pain-relieving chemicals.
- Sexual activity in women can:
- improve bladder control
- reduce incontinence
- relieve menstrual and premenstrual cramps
- improve fertility
- build stronger pelvic muscles
- help produce more vaginal lubrication
- potentially protect you against endometriosis, or the growing of tissue outside your uterus
How can sex benefit your mental health?
Sexual activity, with a partner or through masturbation, can provide important psychological and emotional benefits. Like exercise, sex can help reduce stress and anxiety and increase happiness.
Studies suggest that sexual activity (defined as PVI) may correlate with:
- increased satisfaction with your mental health
- increased levels of trust, intimacy, and love in your relationships
- improved ability to perceive, identify, and express emotions
- lessened use of your immature psychological defense mechanism, or the mental processes to reduce distress from emotional conflict
- It fights prostate cancer.
The link between frequent ejaculation and prostate health is still up for debate. According to some studies, regular sex “flushes out” any carcinogens lurking in the prostate gland, making it less likely to become cancerous . But a more recent study showed that very frequent sexual activity in young men (20s and early 30s) could actually increase the risk of developing prostate cancer . Meanwhile, frequent ejaculation in middle-aged or older (50+) men decreased disease risk . In other words, the verdict is still out on this one—though things look pretty good for the older gents among us.
Sex has been described as the ‘ultimate analgesic’. A natural painkiller, it is far cheaper and more pleasurable – than swallowing a couple of aspirin. There is strong evidence that the feel-good chemicals released by the
- Brain during sex act as effective painkillers.
- During sex, blood flow increases to all parts of the body as you reach a
- Climax, and this takes pressure away from the brain. Complete relaxation after an orgasm reduces tension in all muscle groups, including those in the neck and back.
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