There are many different reasons people have sex: reproduction, pleasure, love… and now you can add health to the list. I bet you’ve heard before that sex is good for you, but do you know how good? Here are 20 reasons to have sex…for your health.
1. Sex reduces the risk of heart attack
According to a study at Queens University in Belfast, men who have sex three or more times a week can cut their risk of heart attack in half.
2. It’s like going to the gym but WAY better!
One 30-minute sex session burns about 200 calories.
3. Sex will help you sleep better!
Endorphins and oxytocin, which are released during orgasm help promotes sleep.
4. Fight the common cold!
Researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania found that having sex once or twice a week boosts the immune system by 30 percent.
5. It’s good for your teeth and mouth
Some medical professionals claim that the zinc and protein in semen helps to strengthen tooth enamel and may have other beneficial factors for your health. And did you know that kissing is good for your mouth too!? Kissing stimulates salivation, which cleanses food left between the teeth and lowers the acidity in the mouth, the main cause of the tooth decay.
6. Sex is a natural pain killer
Endorphins released during orgasm can help relieve pain caused by arthritis, headaches, and even menstrual cramps!
7. Sex can contribute to a ‘heart friendly’ lifestyle
Having sex regularly drops your cholesterol level.
8. Hormones released during sex can also have positive effects on the body
Estrogen, which is released in high amounts during intercourse protects a woman’s heart and can prevent Alzheimer’s disease and osteoporosis. Testosterone, which is released in males during intercourse, strengthens the bones and muscles.
9. Sex increases blood circulation
Deep breathing during sex allows for better blood circulation.
10. Sex helps control urine flow
Sex gives you better control of the kegel muscles that are also used during urination, so it can lead to better urine control and help reduce your risk of incontinence later in life.
11. Sex helps regulate your flow
Endocrinologists at Columbia and Stanford Universities found that women who have sex at least once a week have more-regular menstrual cycles than those who do not.
12. Sex can help relax your body and your mind!
“Tactile stimulation soothes nerves,” says Evelyn Resh, M.P.H., certified nurse. It also helps to decrease depression and anxiety, and lower stress-hormones, says researchers at the University of the West of Scotland.
13. Having sex can make you want more sex!
“The more you have sex, the more likely you’ll be able to continue to produce testosterone, one of the primary hormones responsible for sexual desire.” Says marriage therapist Michele Weiner Davis, author of The Sex-Starved Wife.
14. Sex can help you look and feel younger
“An active sex life slows the aging process,” Says neurophysiologist David Weeks, M.D., of Scotland’s Royal Edinburgh Hospital.
15. Sex leads to a heightened self-esteem
Sex can help boost self esteem, says Gina Ogden, PhD, a sex and marriage therapist in Cambridge, Mass., “One of the reasons people say they have sex is to feel good about themselves…Great sex begins with self-esteem, and it raises it.”
16. Sex can decrease the risk of some kinds of cancer
Males who ejaculate five or more times a week while in their 20s reduce their risk of getting prostate cancer later on in life by a third. Older men who ejaculate frequently, 21 or more times a month, also lower their risk of prostate cancer.
17. Sex can contribute to softer, shinier hair and skin
A woman’s estrogen level doubles during intercourse, and this makes her hair shine and skin become softer.
18. Sex is cleansing
The sweat produced when having sex helps cleanse the skin and pores, decreasing the risk of developing dermatitis.
19. Sex makes you more sexually appealing
High sexual activity makes the body release more pheromones, which is a chemical known to attract possible mates.
20. Good vibes are healing
Researchers at Ohio State University Medical Center did a study on 45 married couples where they inflicted small blisters on both partners. In the first part of the study they had the couples engage in fun, positive dialog and activities. In the second part of the study they inflicted the same blister on the same couples, but this time had them engage in arguments. The study found that when the couples were giving off positive vibes the wound healed nearly 2 times faster!
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