Category: Health & Fitness
Published on Wednesday, 06 May 2015 00:00
Sex has not gone out of trend ever since the first caveman bonked the first cavewoman over her head with a club, dragged her back to his bachelor pad and bonked her in bed. Sex has always played a very fundamental role for as long as the Earth has been spinning, if not for sex, well there won't be any human beings around to suggest how awesome sex feels. Besides the pleasure, there are other aspects of sex that you can benefit from.
1. Sex Keeps Your Immune System Strong
“Sexually active people take fewer sick days,” says Yvonne K. Fulbright, PhD a sexual health expert. People who have sex regularly have higher levels of what defends your body against germs, viruses, and other harmful intruders. People who have sex once or twice a week have higher levels of a certain antibody (immunoglobin) compared to people who have sex left often.
2. Sex Keeps Skin Young and Healthy
Sex increases blood circulation, which helps pump oxygen to our skin resulting in a brighter complexion. Hence that famous after-glow people usually get after sex. Regular sexual engagement has prolonged effects in this regard and can actually make us look younger. Sex boosts our natural collagen production too, which staves off age-spots and sagging. To put it in a fun way; more wrinkles in the bed sheets equals to less wrinkles on your face.
3. Sex is a Natural Sleeping Pill
Simply put, an orgasm is a rather effective sleep aid for most men and women.
4. Sex Helps You Lose Weight
While it is not as productive as weight loss as more traditional cardio or strength training is, we burn an average of 150 calories in an average lovemaking session of 20 minutes. So if you want to contiinue eating all that glorious food, and don't have time in the day to exercise, you can make up for it at night in bed..
5. Sex Promotes Heart Health
A study in the American Journal of Cardiology suggests that men who have sex twice a week have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) than men who have less frequent sex. And this was true even after researchers adjusted for erectile dysfunction. Analyzing the health records of 1,165 men who were monitored for 16 years as part of the Massachusetts Male Aging Study, epidemiologists at the New England Research Institutes found that men who had sexual activity once a month or less were at 50 percent greater risk of cardiovascular disease than the men who had sex more than once a week.
6. Sex Makes Hair Shine
Hormones not only control our sex drive, but they affect the way your hair looks. Research has shown that a satisfying sex life results in a head of healthy, lush hair due to the body's increased ability to receive and metabolize nutrients efficiently.
7. Sex Produces Healthy Sperm
Several studies show that men who have frequent sex have higher volumes of semen, a higher sperm count and a higher percentage of healthy sperm compared to men who have infrequent sex. This is good news for women because research shows that semen helps women combat depression, boosts energy and even helps with a smoother delivery.
8. Sex Melts the Stress Away
There are many ways to reduce stress such as exercising daily, having a couple of drinks, retail therapy, but good old fashion sex does the trick as well! Sex, like exercise, releases anxiety, lowers stress hormones, and can help people cipe with mental pressure for at least a week. Though blood pressure levels spike during sexual intercourse, maintaining a healthy sex life helps us keep blood pressure and stress levels low.
9. Sex Acts as a Natural Painkiller
During sexy time, a chemical called Oxytocin is released, which increases endorhphins and decreases pain, particularly headaches. So if your significant other gives that headache excuse, you can fill them in on this tidbit of information, however we don't take responsibility for anything being thrown your way. Sex also speeds up the healing of wounds, even stubborn sores like those suffered by diabetics.
10. Sex Lowers the Risk of Cancer
Studies show that men in their 20s who ejaculate 5+ times a weeks reduced their risk of prostate cancer by a third, and older men who reporting 21+ ejaculations per month lowered their risk as well. As for the ladies, a regular romp in the bed reduces the risk of breast cancer.
11. Sex Banishes Pimples
Sex balances our hormone levels, which results in clearer skin and reduces the risk of acne break outs. Just don't tell any teenager this, it is better that they stick to acne creams or antibiotics in the meantime.
12. Sex Hydrates Skin
Since sex increases circulation, it gives the body the moisture it needs to stay healthy which results in dewey, well-hydrated skin. Furthermore, having hot and sweaty sex is like a facial for your skin, as sweat expels excess dirt in your pores.
13. Sex Fights Tooth Cavities
Well... not really sex per se, but a part of it. It turns out that semen is chock-full of zinc, calcium and other tooth decay-fighting minerals that benefit us when our bodies absorb it one way or the other. While having lots of sex can't replace a biannual trip to the dentist, having extra doses of these minerals certainly can't hurt our pearly whites.
14. Sex Strengthens Nails
The same sex-triggered hormones that make your skin glow also makes your nails strong, which means less splitting and breaking, and longer-lastng mani-pedis.
15. Sex Boosts Self Esteem
When you feel good about yourself and your body, sex is definitely better. But having sex also boosts your self-esteem. So it is a win-win situation.
16. Sex Keeps the Love Alive
Oxytocin is known as the “love hormone” because it helps people build trust and bond with one another. The more sex a couple has, the more oxytocin they exchange, and by default, the more bonded they feel. Oxytocin also increases feelings of generosity, so if you wind up with a nice present our of the blue, you would know which miracle hormone in your spouse to thank.
17. Sex Makes You Live Longer
An Irish study published in the British Medical Journal in 1997 tracked the mortality of 1,000 middle-aged men over the course of a decade and concluded that sexual activity may have a protective effect on health. By comparing men according to age and health, researchers found that men who had the highest frequency of orgasms had a death rate 50-percent lower than men who did not ejaculate frequently.
Of course, always remember to have safe sex to avoid the risk of contracting STDs or unwanted pregnancies. Share this article with your friends to educate them about the wonders of sex.