by Nzemecha Linda Ifeoma
Many people associate a healthful lifestyle with habits that are not always the most fun. Take sex, It counts as moderately intense exercise plus it boosts numerous aspects of both physical and mental health. As long as you’re engaging in safe-sex practices, increasing your sexual activity is a surefire strategy to better health. Sexual health is more than avoiding diseases and unplanned pregnancies. It’s also about recognizing that sex can be an important part of your life.
The study, which was conducted with over 1,000 men, describes sex as an activity that involves intense physical and emotional elements. Sexual intercourse may be a marker for a healthy heart because sex can be a form of physical activity, which, like exercise, gives your heart a workout.
Those who desire frequent sex and are able to get it are likely to be healthier than others. Men who have regular sex may also be in a supportive relationship, which offers stress reduction and emotional benefits.
Research has also shown that couples who have sex weekly have a 30 per cent increase in immunoglobulin A, which is an antibody that fights infection. Sex can also help women have a more predictable period schedule, as a result of being exposed to male pheromones.
Health Benefits of regular sexual activity:
1. Stress Relief:
Having sex reduces stress – for physiological as well as emotional reasons. Anything that will reduce stress is good for you as too much stress can lead to many diseases including cancer. Sex activates a nerve that has a calming effect. Sex triggers your body to release its natural feel-good chemicals, helping to ease stress and boost pleasure, calm and self-esteem. Research has shown that those who have sexual intercourse responded better when subjected to stressful situations like speaking in public.
2. Lower Blood Pressure:
Having sex also lowers blood pressure, which reduces the risk of heart disease. Sexual activity, and specifically intercourse, is linked to better stress response and lower blood pressure. One landmark study has found that sexual intercourse specifically (not masturbation) lowered systolic blood pressure.” That’s the first number on your blood pressure test.
3. A Form of Exercise:
Sex helps to boost your heart rate, burn calories and strengthen muscles, just like exercise. In fact, research recently revealed that sex burns about 4 calories a minute for men and 3 for women, making it (at times) a ‘significant’ form of exercise. It can even help you to maintain your flexibility and balance
4. Pain Relief:
As oxytocin increases, so do hormones known as endorphins, which in turn lessens feelings of pain related to everything from headaches, back and leg pains, menstrual cramp and arthritis. One study even found that sexual activity can lead to partial or complete relief of headache in some migraine and cluster-headache patients.
5. Improved Bladder Control in Women:
Further, for women, having sex can help strengthen the muscles of your pelvic floor which contrast during orgasm. As you age, having strong pelvic floor muscles reduces your risk of accidents. Intercourse helps to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, which contract during orgasm.
6. Increase Intimacy and Improve Your Relationship:
Sex has also been found to boost self-esteem and improve intimacy in relationship. This is because sex and orgasms result in increased levels of the hormone oxytocin — the “love” hormone – that helps you to feel bonded to your partner.
7. Boost Your Libido:
The more often you have sex, the more likely you are to want to keep doing it. There’s a mental connection there but also a physical one, particularly for women. More frequent sex helps to increase vaginal lubrication, blood flow and elasticity, which in turn make sexual activity more enjoyable.
8. Increases blood circulation:
Because your heart rate increases when you have sex, fresh blood is supplied to your organs and cells which also helps to improve your memory because of increased blood flow to your brain.
9. Predictable period:
Sex can also help women have a more predictable period schedule, as a result of being exposed to male pheromones.