Do you know that there are a few health benefits to a healthy sex life?
So, you might want to spend this year’s National Sex Day with your loved one (June 9).
Studies have shown that regular sex; one or two lovemaking sessions a week, can boost your general health and wellbeing.
Some of the benefits of having sex regularly is, it can boost your fertility, and make you appear younger than you should, and you even kind of get healthy.
Healthy Reasons you should have sex often
You look younger
Studies have found that older men and women with an active love life looked at least seven to ten years younger than their real age.
This does not mean you have to be at it every single night with the sole purpose of garnering and enjoying its youth-enhancing effects. In love making, quality is just as important as quantity. What this means is that, anti-ageing benefits are more valid or visible when sex is done by people in love.
Boost your fertility
Studies have shown that the more often men have sex, the better it makes the quality of their sperm. This is because semen health has been found to be best when sex had occurred less than two days before the sperm was tested and greatly decreased after 12 days of abstinence.
Therefore, if you are trying to get have a baby, you have to keep your sperm fresh and in good shape by having sex at least twice every week, and not just around the time of your woman’s ovulation. A lot of men will get excited by this.
For a woman, frequent sex will also help balance your hormones and regulate your periods properly, which in turn increases your chances of conceiving.
Fights cold and flu
When you have sex once or twice a week, your body levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A (IgA) is raised. This will help protect you from colds and flu. One study found people who have sex more than once a week have at least 30% higher levels of IgA than those who abstain.
Disease-proofs your body
High levels of the natural steroid DHEA, known as “the anti-ageing hormone”, is believed to be key to keeping your body fitter for longer. While having sex, DHEA is secreted throughout your body, especially after orgasm. When this happens, the DHEA level in your bloodstream
Lengthen your life
A study carried out in Australia found people who climaxed at least three times a week had a 50% lower chance of dying for any medical reason than those who only climaxed once a month.
Shift your middle-age spread and keep fit
When you engage in twenty to thirty minutes of vigorous sex, you burn over a hundred calories, which is invariably the same as a small glass of wine. If you moderately have active sex at least twice a week, you’ll be able to burn an extra 5,000 calories a year.
Changing your sex positions is also a great, fun way to tone different muscle groups and keep limbs lean and flexible.
Ease those nasty period cramps
Many women say period pain diminishes if they do the deed during a cramp attack.
One theory why is that muscle contractions that occur when you reach peak levels of excitement relieve tension in the muscles of your uterus – the ones that cause menstrual cramps – therefore easing the pain.
Less Stress and Lower Blood Pressure
Having sex can help relieve stress by raising endorphins and other hormones that boost mood. As a form of exercise, it can also help calm you down.
Also, engaging in sexual activity prevents increases in blood pressure especially when stressed. This is more effective in people who have penetrative sex, though non-penetrative sex and masturbation can also help you stay calm.
Possible Reduction of Prostate Cancer Risk
Studies have found that men who ejaculate more than 24 times per month, compared with those who do so five to nine times per month, are 20 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer.
What this simply implies is that men who ejaculate regularly are less exposed to the risk of prostate cancer.
Better Sleep with Increased Sexual Desire
According to the National Sleep Foundation, orgasms release the hormone prolactin, which can help you feel sleepy and relaxed. This should explain why your partner sleeps off almost immediately after a satisfying sexual session, and wake up feeling refreshed. It can also work in reverse: studies have shown that getting enough sleep can also improve your sexual response and may in turn improve your sexual response, and also greatly improve your chances of engaging in sex regularly.
Researchers discovered that when women slept for longer periods of time, they reported greater sexual desire the next day.
Happier Mood and a Stronger Relationship
Have you noticed that you are usually more positive or have a better 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 sex to the mood enhancers contained in the semen. And there is a lot to be said for the mood boosting effect of having a nice connection with somebody you are certain you care about and you can totally trust.
Also, having sex with someone you care about can result in a serious afterglow, and it can help you bond better with your partner. In this study, which examined newlywed couples who kept a two-week sexual diary, researchers found that partners were satisfied for a full 48 hours after sexual activity. And those who were lucky enough to experience this afterglow went on to report more happiness in their relationship several months later.
You might think that the “morning after” glow is overhyped, but it isn’t, and it is not just in your imagination. Studies have shown that you look better after having sex. That particular 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.