Sex Capers

Im­proved im­mu­nity, pain re­lief, good heart health – sex can pro­vide all these health ben­e­fits and more…

Health & Nutrition - - NEWS -

Many peo­ple as­so­ciate a health­ful lifestyle with habits that are not al­ways the most fun – like gru­elling work­outs or skip­ping dessert. But this is a mis­con­cep­tion, as many of the health­i­est habits are also among the most re­ward­ing. 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!

Here’s how: 1. IM­PROVED IM­MU­NITY

Peo­ple who have sex fre­quently (one or two times a week) have sig­nif­i­cantly higher lev­els of im­munoglob­u­lin. Your im­mune sys­tem is your body’s first line of de­fense. Its job is to fight off in­vad­ing or­gan­isms at their en­try points, re­duc­ing or even elim­i­nat­ing the need for ac­ti­va­tion of your body’s im­mune sys­tem. This may ex­plain why peo­ple who have sex fre­quently also take fewer sick days.

2. HEART HEALTH

Men who made love reg­u­larly (at least twice a week) were 45% less likely to de­velop heart dis­ease than those who did so once a month or less, ac­cord­ing to one study. Sex­ual ac­tiv­ity not only pro­vides many of the same ben­e­fits to your heart as ex­er­cise but also keeps lev­els of es­tro­gen and testos­terone in bal­ance, which is im­por­tant for heart health.

3. LOW­ERS BLOOD PRES­SURE

Sex­ual ac­tiv­ity, and specif­i­cally in­ter­course, is linked to bet­ter stress re­sponse and lower blood pres­sure.

4. IT’S A FORM OF EX­ER­CISE

Sex helps 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 main­tain your flex­i­bil­ity and bal­ance.

5. PAIN RE­LIEF

Sex­ual ac­tiv­ity re­leases pain-re­duc­ing hor­mones and has been found to help re­duce or block back and leg pain, as well as pain from men­strual cramps, arthri­tis and headaches. One study even found that sex­ual ac­tiv­ity can lead to par­tial or

Af­ter sex, the re­lax­ation-in­duc­ing hor­mone pro­lactin is re­leased, which may helpyou to nod off more­quickly. The ‘love hor­mone' , oxy­tocin re­leased dur­ing or­gasm, also pro­motes sleep.

com­plete re­lief of headache in some mi­graine and clus­ter-headache pa­tients.

6. MAY HELP RE­DUCE RISK OF PROSTATE CAN­CER

Re­search has linked fre­quent ejac­u­la­tions with a low­ered risk of prostate can­cer. One pos­si­ble ex­pla­na­tion for the de­crease is the ‘flush­ing’ the­ory. In its ef­forts to con­cen­trate min­er­als and other nec­es­sary sub­stances from the blood to make se­men, the prostate can end up col­lect­ing a con­cen­tra­tion of tox­ins as well. Re­leas­ing the se­men – with said tox­ins – flushes the sys­tem of said im­pu­ri­ties.

7. IM­PROVED SLEEP

Get­ting enough shut­eye is es­sen­tial to your health, af­fect­ing ev­ery­thing from your mood to your weight. Af­ter sex, the re­lax­ation-in­duc­ing hor­mone pro­lactin is re­leased, which may help you nod off more quickly. The ‘love hor­mone’ oxy­tocin, re­leased dur­ing or­gasm, also pro­motes sleep.

Sex­ual ac­tiv­i­tynot only pro­vides manyof the same ben­e­fits to your­heart as ex­er­cise but al­so­keeps lev­els of es­tro­gen and testos­terone in bal­ance, which is im­por­tant for heart health.

8. STRESS RE­LIEF

Sex trig­gers your body to re­lease its nat­u­ral feel-good chem­i­cals, help­ing ease stress and boost plea­sure, calm and self-es­teem. Re­search also shows that those who have sex­ual in­ter­course re­sponded bet­ter when sub­jected to stress­ful sit­u­a­tions like speak­ing in pub­lic.

9. BOOSTS YOUR LI­BIDO

The more of­ten you have sex, the more likely you want to keep do­ing it. There’s a men­tal con­nec­tion there but also a phys­i­cal one, par­tic­u­larly for women. More fre­quent sex helps in­crease vagi­nal lu­bri­ca­tion, blood flow and elas­tic­ity, which in turn make sex­ual ac­tiv­ity more en­joy­able.

10. IM­PROVED BLAD­DER CON­TROL IN WOMEN

In­ter­course helps strengthen your pelvic floor mus­cles, which con­tract dur­ing or­gasm. This can help women im­prove their blad­der con­trol and avoid in­con­ti­nence. You can boost this ben­e­fit even more by prac­tic­ing Kegel ex­er­cises dur­ing sex (a Kegel squeeze is per­formed by draw­ing your lower pelvic mus­cles up and hold­ing them up high and tight, as if you’re try­ing to stop a flow of urine).

In­ter­course helps strengthen your , pelvic floor mus­cles which con­tract dur­ing or­gasm. This can help women im­prove their blad­der con­trol and avoid in­con­ti­nence.

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