Developing habits that boost and support our health is important throughout our lives. Of course, factors such as exercise and choosing nutritious food rank right up there as top notch healthy habits to practice. But don’t forget another very important habit to add to the list – sex. Sexual perks abound – it makes us feel good from our head to our toes, it’s fun and it can strengthen the bonds of a loving relationship with your partner.
What you may not realize is all the health perks you gain whenever you engage in the most intimate and natural form of human passion. When sex is a regular activity in your life, you become a healthier person. All the physical touching, hugging, and endorphins being released bring health benefits to all of us.
Here is what you gain by making sexual activity a frequent routine:
· Lowered stress levels
The act of sex releases the hormones of endorphins and oxytocin (feel-good hormones) that activate pleasure centers in the brain. This is why you feel more intimate and ultimately relaxed after a romp in bed. Feelings of anxiety and depression may not completely go away but at least you do feel better and have an improved perspective on life.
· You’ll sleep like a baby
There’s a reason why men (and even women) tend to roll over and immediately go to sleep after lovemaking. During intercourse the production of oxytocin increases while cortisol levels - which induce stress - decrease. After orgasm is achieved, these hormonal changes puts you into a relaxed state making it easier for you to fall asleep and also leads to the deeper REM sleep we all need for waking up feeling rested.
· Less sickness of colds and flu
Having sex at least once a week helps increase higher levels of Immunoglobulin A (IgA). IgA is an antibody playing a critical role in healthy immune functioning. When IgA levels are raised our body is better able to fight off colds and flu by giving the immune system an extra boost.
· Keeps you fit
Sex is really an exercise and one of the best workouts around. Depending on how vigorous and energetic your sexual activity becomes, your body will burn somewhere between 85 to 250 calories. Areas of the body that particularly get a workout are the back, butt, and thighs. However the arms, legs, and abs can also be sculpted by creative sexual positions.
· You’ll look 10 years younger
Frequent sex may actually have the ability to turn back the clock on how young you look. The Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Scotland did a study many years ago on guessing people’s ages. The findings revealed participants who had sex on average 4 times a week, looked 7 to 12 years younger than their present age. It appears that having more sex releases the hormones of estrogen and testosterone giving you a youthful glow along with keeping the body looking younger.
· Reduces aches and pains
Feeling a little achy? Have a headache? Go have sex. This is the prescription suggested possibly helping some people experiencing pain in a study conducted at the Headache Clinic at Southern Illinois University. Reaching orgasm releases hormones that may help ease away annoying aches and pains such as migraines.
· Better bladder control for women
At some point in their life, about 30% of all women will be affected by urinary incontinence. To avoid this situation, keeping the pelvic floor muscles strong is a must. And what better and more fun way is there than to have regular sex. Sex is a workout for the pelvic floor muscles. Climaxing causes contractions a woman feels strengthening the muscles in the pelvic floor.
· Prostate cancer risk drops for men
Men who ejaculate at least 21 times a month are less likely to develop prostate cancer according to a 2016 follow-up study published in European Urology. This study provided the strongest evidence to date on the beneficial role ejaculation has on preventing prostate cancer.
· Lightens monthly periods and cramps
Many women may not relish the idea of sex during her time of the month but it may actually reduce cramps, end the period faster and decrease the risk of endometriosis.