You were probably brought up with the idea that sex is only meant for procreation and anything outside that is either a sin that God frowns at or something that will bar you from making heaven.
Or you are one of those that see sex as something that is a necessity and can only be indulged in when the need arises but hey, wait a minute, has it ever occured to you that apart from the child-bearing or enjoyment aspect of sex, there are other things it can do you your health?
Research has confirmed that regular humping can make you look seven years younger than you really are – and that is not the only benefit you get from sex.
According to latest studies released by sex-perts, regular sex, that’s one to two lovemaking sessions per week, can provide some incredible boosts to your health and wellbeing.
There are quite a few benefits to having sex, from fighting diseases to boosting fertility, to looking young, and you even get healthier from it.
Love Zone has complied 15 of such health benefits you can get when you have a healthy sex life.
Here we go:
1. Sex makes you look younger
Yes, regular sex can actually make you look younger. Dr. David Weeks, a clinical neuropsychologist at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, revealed at a psychology conference that his extensive research had found older men and women with an active love life looked five to seven years younger than their actual age.
In a 10-year-long study, Dr. Weeks said he interviewed 3,500 adults in England and the United States and found that people who reported having sex four times a week looked about 10 years younger than they actually were.
This goes to show that pleasure derived from having sex releases hormones, including human growth hormone, that are crucial in preserving youth.
2. Sex relieves pain
During an orgasm, the body releases a hormone known as oxytocin which is a very powerful pain killer. Among other things, oxytocin is responsible for other sexual functions and when women have an orgasm, the pain tolerance and pain detection threshold increases significantly by 74.6 percent.
3. Sex lowers the risk of heart attack
Regular sex can strengthen the cardiac muscles which in turn, lowers the risk of a heart attack or strokes. During sex, some hormones are released and this has a lot of physiologic benefits which is good for the heart.
The hormones produce a healing effect on the whole body, improve digestion and expand the blood vessels. Rhythmic motion during sex and the delightful cramps one feels improve the muscle tone, especially stomach muscles.
Just like any physical activity, healthy sex is good for your heart. A recent study published the American Journal of Cardiology found that men who had sex twice weekly or more had less risk of cardiovascular diseases, like stroke or heart attack, than those who had sex once a month or less.
4. Sex can boost your immune system
People who have regular sex have a higher percentage of immunoglobulin A (IgA) which helps in fighting infections and this plays a major role in human immune systems.
Also, because of an increase in blood pressure to various parts of the body including the face, fresher skin cells are pushed up higher to the surface giving a more youthful looking appearance.
5. Sex can cure that headache
‘I am having a headache’ is an age-long excuse women put up when they want to avoid having sex but scientific evidence has shown that sex can actually cure those headaches.
This is because making love causes a surge in the hormone oxytocin, plus other feel-goodendorphins, which can ease the ain as well. It has been known that some pains, especially headaches and migraines, improves with good sex.
6. Sex can help you sleep better
Sex is a natural sleeping pill, far better than the acidic substance you pop whenever you cannot get some shut eyes. This is because the endorphins released during sex can actually promote a better night’s sleep.
Apart from endorphins, the oxytocin released when you orgasm has another benefit as they can help you drop off quite easily. Both men and women release this feel-good hormone just before orgasm, and as it courses through your system, it promotes relaxation and sleepiness. So there is actually a genuine excuse for him to fall asleep so quickly after sex.
7. Sex can banish depression
Like any exercise that raises your heart rate, sex causes your brain to release those feel-good chemicals that boost your levels of serotonin, the happy hormone, to lift your mood.
Serotonin is the body’s key antidepressant chemical and one of the major reasons people smile and feel happy and relaxed after sex.
Sexually active people are less likely to feel depressed than people who go without sex, according to a study by psychologist Gordon Gallup in the American Archives Of Sexual Behavior.
8. Sex can lower your blood pressure
Sex can help lower your blood pressure by raising endorphins and other hormones that boost your mood. As a form of exercise, it can also help calm you down and in addition, regular sexual activity prevents increases in blood pressure during stressful events.
A Scottish study found men and women who had plenty of sex coped well with stress and had lower blood pressure than those who abstained.
Researchers at Brigham Young University in the US also linked frequent intercourse to lower blood pressure.
9. Sex boosts your fertility
Studies have found that the more often you make love, the better quality your sperm will be. Semen health was found to be best when sex had last occurred less than two days before the sperm was tested and was greatly decreased after 10 days of abstinence.
So if you’re trying for a baby, keep the sperm fresh and in tip-top shape by having sex at least twice a week, and not only around the time of the woman’s ovulation. Frequent sex has also been found to help balance a woman’s hormones and regulate her periods, which can further boost the chances of conceiving.
10. Sex can relieve menstrual cramps
Many women have reported that their period pain diminishes if they have sex during a cramp attack. One theory is that the muscle contractions that occur when you reach peak levels of excitement relieves tension in the muscles of your uterus, the same ones that causes menstrual cramps, therefore easing the pain.
Other studies have found that women may get some relief from menstrual cramps through a good orgasm, so even though you might think pain is a barrier to sex, consider this a sex benefit worth the time and effort.
11. Sex enhances a happier mode and a stronger relationship
Do you ever wonder why you get to have a more positive outlook after sex? This is because there are biochemical rationales for experiencing improved mood as a sex benefit, from the neurotransmitters that may be released during healthy sex to the mood enhancers contained in semen itself.
There is a lot to be said simply for the mood-boosting effect of having a nice connection with somebody that you trust and care about.
Plus, your frisky play may result in a serious afterglow than can, in turn, help you bond better with your partner.
12. Sex gives you that glowing, younger looking skin you always wanted
That fabled ‘morning after’glow is not just a cliche because you really do look better after having sex. Sex even helps you look younger and the 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.
13. Sex promotes longevity
When one has an orgasm, a hormone called dehydroepiandrosterone is released. This improves immunity, repairs tissue and keeps the skin healthy. Men, who have at least two orgasms a week, live longer than men who have sex just once every few weeks.
14. Increases blood circulation
Because your heart rate increases when you have sex, fresh blood is supplied to your organs and cells. While used blood is removed, the body also expels toxins and other materials that cause you to feel tired.
15. Sex burn calories
Due to its brevity, having an orgasm fries only two or three calories. But the prelude can burn quite a bit more, depending on your weight and the length and vigor of the lovemaking session.
For example, a 30 minutes sex romp uses about five METs (metabolic equivalents), a system for gauging the intensity of physical activity. So, a 190-pound man would burn 413 calories in an hour of vigorous sexual activity. But since the average lovemaking session is about 20 minutes, you’re talking about only around 150 calories.
Still, that’s more than double the caloric expenditure of sitting alone on the couch. 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.