While a lot of people are aware of the pleasure and satisfaction that can be derived from sex, not many of them know that just like a healthy diet, adequate physical activity and sleep, a healthy sex life also can have a tremendous positive effect on their overall health. Lovemaking, being an exercise itself, improves heart rate and blood pressure which makes the heart strong and healthy.
Having a healthy sex life does not necessarily mean having excessive sex. Just like a good diet is a balanced diet, a healthy sex life is a balanced one also. Not too much but definitely not too little.
In this article I will quickly highlight a few reasons why a healthy sex life is good for your overall health.
1. Regular Sex Boosts Your Immunity
People who have sex regularly (two to three times a week), according to scientists from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, have stronger immune systems as opposed to those who have little or no sex at all. The body’s ability to fight infections is increased because sex increases the production of Immunoglobulin A (a major antibody).
2. Sex Helps You Get A Better Sleep
Your body, after a satisfied lovemaking session, releases oxytocin (a powerful hormone that produces a feeling of love and satisfaction) and endorphines (which makes you feel relaxed and causes a sense of well being). These two are the reasons why you feel sleepy after you’ve just had a great sex. So you end up having a sound sleep and you wake up fresh and very relaxed also.
3. Boosts Your Self Esteem
Sexual intimacy with your partner uplifts your mood and boosts your self esteem. It also makes you smart by increasing the blood flow to the brain. During sex, your brain is constantly shooting off signals to release your body’s ‘feel-good hormones’ which also heightens your brain’s pleasure.
4. Sex Makes You Look Young And Gives You A Glowing Skin
Yes, even your skin benefit from good sex! Every time you “come” during sex, your body releases a hormone called DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), this hormone is known for its damaged-skin healing effect. It also reduces wrinkles.
5. Sex Relieves Pain
The Oxytocin and Endorphines released just before orgasm have an amazing natural pain-killing effect. This pain-killing effect is so strong that it can relieve the pain of a migraine headache. This is the reason why, instead of letting pain stop you from having sex, you should let it make you to have sex!
Here are some of the other ways by which a healthy sex life can positively impact your overall health:
6. Sex help you to lose weight due to the fact that an average session burns about 200 calories.
7. It helps lower the risk of prostate cancer especially in men.
8. It increases the quality of sperm in men and it helps balance out a woman’s hormone and regulates her period.