When you think of sex – which most people do numerous times each day – you will think of pleasure, fun; perhaps you’ll even think of procreation. However, will you think of your health? It might sound strange, but a good sex life will actually improve your mental and physical health, ensuring that you are living life to the fullest at one hundred percent capacity. Read on to find out more.
Sex Boosts Your Immune System
People who have sex have greater amounts of what your body uses to protect itself against bacteria, viruses, and other invaders. In studies, it was shown that those who have sex once or twice a week had greater levels of a particular antibody than those who had sex less often.
Of course, sex isn’t the only thing that will keep you healthy, so it’s crucial that you keep living in a positive way even if you are having regular sex. For example, you should continue to:
- Eat healthily
- Maintain your level of activity
- Get adequate sleep
Sex Improves Your Libido
Do you want a more active sex life? As paradoxical as it may seem, having sex improves sex and increases your desire for it. There are claims that having sex improves vaginal lubrication, blood flow, and suppleness in women, all of which make sex feel better and make you want more of it. In turn, this helps in relationships and ensures that everyone is feeling good.
Sex Improves Bladder Control
A healthy pelvic floor is essential for preventing incontinence, which affects about thirty percent of women at some time in their lives. Good sex is similar to working out your pelvic floor muscles. When you have an orgasm, those muscles flex, which strengthens them.
Sex Is Good Exercise
Sex consumes about five calories every minute, which is four more calories than watching television. The reason sex is such good exercise is that it works different muscles at the same time as raising your heart rate.
As with exercise, consistency is the key, which is why you might find it’s best to ensure you engage in sex regularly, whether that’s while you’re dating at home or on a ‘business trip’ to Paris, New York or Düsseldorf. Don’t let your schedule fall apart just because you’re traveling.
Sex Helps You Sleep Better
During an orgasm, your body produces oxytocin, often known as the ‘love’ or ‘intimacy’ hormone, as well as endorphins. The combination of these hormones has the potential to cause sedation, and you’ll sleep a lot better for it. A good night’s sleep is crucial for your health, and it will help with:
- A better immune system
- A longer life
- Feeling well-rested
- Having extra energy throughout the day
Sex Offers Pain Relief
Studies have shown that looking at your spouse – or even a picture of them – can help to alleviate discomfort and pain. Even if you believe that the pain you’re feeling is a barrier to sex, consider this a sex benefit well worth the time and effort because you’ll feel much better afterward. Other research has shown that a good orgasm may help women obtain relief from period cramps.