Regular sexual activity is good for your health
Men who have sex at least two times in a week can almost halve their risk of heart disease, a new research says.
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.
Sex is not only good for your heart; it also keeps many diseases at bay. Research has shown that couples who have sex weekly have a 30 per cent increase in immunoglobulin A, which is an antibody that fights infection.
In addition, 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. Having sex also lowers blood pressure, which reduces the risk of heart disease.
Sex can even reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol.
These are the good results that a healthy sex life can give you:
- Fewer colds because of an increase in immunoglobulin A, an antibody that fights infection.
- Women can get more predictable periods because of exposure to male pheromones.
- A better physical response to stress
- Lower blood pressure, which lowers your risk of heart disease.
- Lowers your bad cholesterol and increase your good cholesterol.
- Helps to tone your abs, gluts and pretty much any muscle in your body.
- Naturally increases estrogen level which improves the appearance of your hair, skin and nails.
- Helps to improve your memory because of increased blood flow to your brain.
- Increased feelings of motivation because of the release of endorphins.
As you can see, a good sex life is one way to stay happy, healthy and fit. Sex has also been found to boost self-esteem and improve intimacy in your 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.
As oxytocin increases, so do hormones known as endorphins, which in turn lessens feelings of pain related to everything from headaches and arthritis to symptoms of menopause. It can also help you to get a better night’s sleep.
Further, for women, having sex can help strengthen the muscles of your pelvic floor (the same ones used to stop urination). As you age, having strong pelvic floor muscles reduces your risk of accidents.
These benefits are for men having sex with a mutually monogamous partner – otherwise they risk catching sexually transmitted diseases.