7 Health Benefits Of Having Sex

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Most all of us enjoy the act of sex, but did you know that it is healthy? This does not mean you should just go out and pick a random stranger to get busy with (although it is YOUR body, do what you want) but you don't have to feel guilty about having too much sex. That being said, you should make sure you're using safe practices like using condoms, getting regular check-ups, and making sure both parties consent (it's sad I even have to write that tip honestly).

Being healthy should not stop and start in the bedroom. With this you should also make sure you are putting healthy foods in your body, drinking plenty of water, and getting some sort of physical activity. While sex is healthy and an enjoyable act it is not a cure so much as an improvement. If you want to learn how getting frisky in the sheets could actually benefit you in more ways than one then just keep on reading!

Your Immunity Gets A Boost
Regular intercourse has been proven in several studies to boost our immune system. In several studies, it was shown that people who had sex 1-2 times a week had higher levels of immunoglobulin A, an antibody that is in charge of fighting things like the common cold or other infections. If you have ever had a phase of life where you were getting frisky on a regular basis, did you notice a decrease in sick days?

This is because your body has higher levels of defense against illness. Sex, after all, is a form of exercise which speeds up your heart rate and improves your blood flow. You know how they say physical activity boosts the immunity? It is the same thing with intercourse. Just remember that knowing this doesn't mean you can use it as a pickup line (although, "Hey, wanna come back to my house for a boost of immunity," isn't as bad as some of the lines out there).

You'll Actually Enjoy Sex More
That doesn't make sense at all, I know, but this is an actual fact that has been proven by numerous studies. The more times you do the deed, the more likely you will crave it and enjoy yourself. Again, it improves your blood flow which can heighten the libido in women (that thing that is in charge of your sex drive). It also enhances natural lubrication and boosts different hormones in the body that trigger that craving for more.

The term 'sex addict' was created for a reason. The more you engage in activities, the more you crave them. An orgasm is fun for everyone! When you get it on a regular basis, your body starts to itch for that next fix. The great thing about this is it isn't bad for you (if you are safe of course) so you can give your body what it is craving.

Can Lower Blood Pressure
In several studies, it was shown that people who engaged in intercourse weekly actually had lower blood pressure than those who didn't. This could be linked to testosterone which plays a vital role in both males and females. It was proven that people who had higher levels of blood pressure also had low levels of testosterone.

High blood pressure is a condition where the blood is being forced against the artery walls at a higher rate. Over time, if not treated, this could lead to serious health issues like stroke or heart attack. A huge thing they preach is that regular exercise to help reduce blood pressure. This is because physical activity helps relieve stress from your body and promote healthier blood flow. Guess what? Sex is a form of exercise. You are breathing heavier, moving around, and raising your heart rate. All of this happens when we do any other type of activity as well.

A Form of Physical Workout
I have been repeating this because it is probably the most exciting way you can get in a workout today. Sexual activity burns about five calories per minute depending on the length of time, movements, and how sweaty you get (are you changing positions or just laying despondently?). Your heart starts pumping faster which can boost your metabolism and burn off even more calories. o

Think about it for a second. You are engaging different muscles all over your body while working up a sweat and hearing your heart beat through your chest. Doesn't this sound like a workout? It might not shed pounds as fast as running would but, in my opinion, it is definitely more of an enjoyable act than some of the workouts out there. Have you ever worn your Fitbit while in the bedroom? Even this little device picks it up as exercise.

Relieves Aches and Anxiety
Your orgasm can actually help block pain and reduce anxiety, something we can all get on board with. When you orgasm you release several hormones that do different beneficial things to your body. A few of the hormones that release are oxytocin, serotonin, endorphins, and phenethylamine. All of these help boost your mood as well as blocking specific pain receptors.

Have you ever used a headache as an excuse and had the response, "I know what can help with a headache?" If not you are lucky because it is beyond cheesy to hear. It does actually ring some truth though. Do you get sleepy after sex? One reason has to do with the amount of workout your body just went through, but it also has to do with all of these calming hormones that are now coursing through your system.

When you are calm, happy, and ache free, it puts you in a relaxed state for a good sleep. Sex is not going to get rid of your chronic pains, but it is an excellent way to reduce them for a little while. A significant factor in this to work is to actually enjoy what you are doing. If you keep faking it, you are not going to see any of these benefits. You might get a little workout but make sure both parties are hitting the big finale for the fantastic sensations that come afterward.

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Can Regulate Your Periods
This is something that I can personally attest to. I have had irregular periods since the beginning and had a horrible time trying to get them on a regular cycle. While I have other health issues that cause this I realized that regular intercourse did, in fact, make a difference. The more you get sweaty under the sheets, the better your body has of regulating your hormones. When your hormones are balanced, it is a lot easier for flow to come every month.

Another way it helps your period is by reducing stress. One thing a lot of women don't realize is that stress can be detrimental to our bodies. You can literally stop your menstrual cycle by stressing too much. With the release of hormones, your mind becomes calm and relieves any anxiety and stress that has built up.

You Will Live Longer
I don't know anything more beneficial than living a longer life. All the benefits that I have given can play a factor in a longer and healthier life. Studies have shown that people who engaged in intercourse were more likely to live longer than those who did not. Again, it might not be the most significant pickup line, but it is definitely something to factor in! This doesn't have to just mean penetration. While this is a more engaging activity, you can also pleasure yourself for some fun benefits.

Other benefits sex has on your body:
  • Improves sleep
  • Boosts self-esteem
  • Enhances memory
  • Reduces the risk of prostate cancer
  • Heart healthy
  • May reduce depression
  • Dental health improvement
  • Improve your sense of smell

Factor all of these benefits in and it makes sex an easy decision. Not that we really need an excuse when it comes to this activity but it doesn't hurt to know the benefits. Just make sure you are smart and making sure both parties are consenting and enjoying the moment. There is nothing beneficial that comes from forcing a situation, it only makes you an ugly person. Let me know in the comments below, have you seen any benefits from sex in your life?

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