Although we are living in a hi-tech world, most people see sex as something taboo or a subject to be loathed. Almost every individual misses seeing the health benefits sex has to people. The good thing about sex is that it helps us become fit both psychologically and physically.
Below are ten ways on how sex can be beneficial to us. Who knows? It may serve as an eye-opener to everyone who gets in the mood.
Sex can relieve stress
A study conducted in Scotland found out that men and women who engage in sex are more able to cope up with stress than those who do not. It can even lower an individual’s high blood pressure, especially among women.
It helps boost the immune system
Having sex once or twice a week is said to help boost the levels of immunoglobulin A or IgA. This provides better protection to colds and other infections. Thus, people who have abstained themselves from sex or do not engage in sex that often have less IgA than those who frequently do it.
Sex is a substitute for exercise
Having sex for about 30 minutes can burn 85 calories. This may seem less to those who wish to lose a pound or so. But for about 42 thirty-minute sessions, you will burn calories of up to 3,570. You can also double it up and burn more than a pound. Sex as a way of getting fit is even recommended by the American Association of Sexuality Educators.
It improves heart health
One myth about sex is that it causes stroke to the older population. But this is not true. In fact, it has been discovered that it can decrease the risks of having heart attacks, especially if you engage in sex once or twice a week.
It improves self-confidence
This is one of the main reasons why people have sex, according to a survey made by the University of Texas. For people who have already bolstered their self-confidence, they still engage in sex because it adds up to the confidence they already have.
The hormone that gives people the need to nurture and bond with someone is called oxytocin. Even receiving hugs from their spouses increases the level of oxytocin in the body. Additionally, the high hormone level is connected to the number of contacts.
Sex is a natural painkiller
Because of the high level of oxytocin levels in the body, the endorphins increase as well. Bodily pains like headaches or arthritis improve after having sex. In one research, volunteers who have been made to inhale oxytocin and their fingers pricked have been found out to have higher pain thresholds.
It reduces risk of prostate cancer
It has been discovered from a study conducted by a British journal that those who are in their 30s to 50s and who experience several ejaculations in a week have reduced risks to prostate cancer. Starting at a young age of 20 and above, men who experiences frequent ejaculation are not more susceptible to prostate cancer than those who infrequently ejaculate.
It strengthens pelvic floor muscles for women
Exercising the pelvic floor muscles is known as Kegels. Upon strengthening this, women will experience more pleasure and it can even lessen the risks of incontinence. The basic Kegel exercise is performed by tightening the pelvic floor muscles comparable to when you are trying to stop your urine. Hold it for three seconds, then release it.
Sex helps in sleeping better
This is because of the oxytocin levels in the body. This hormone, when released during orgasm, promotes sleep. Incidentally, since sleep is good for the body, it then helps you maintain a healthy blood pressure as well as your weight.