As an Austin health advocate and personal trainer, I am always looking for ways to help people improve their lives through nutrition, exercise, better sleep and stress management. But, have you wondered if sex has more to offer than just a good time or to meet a physical need? It may just be that sex does a body good. Are you looking for ways to connect with your spouse, be happier and improve your health? Well, one thing is for sure, you can’t ignore the profound effect that frequent sex can have on your overall well-being.
Sex is a hormone and chemical releasing powerhouse that, we know for sure. The physiological effects of these bodily reactions have a profound effect on how we act, feel and react to our spouse. From strengthening your ticker to reaching new levels of intimacy with your spouse, frequent sex has a tremendous amount to offer each one of us. Here are thirteen reasons to pick it up in the bedroom beginning tonight.
Lowers the Risk of Prostate Cancer
In a study at Harvard University that included almost 30,000 men, those who ejaculated 21 times or more a month had a 33% lower risk of acquiring prostate cancer. Whether it is from washing out cancer-causing materials, preventing the formation of crystals in the prostate gland or by any other mechanism, “emptying” the prostate gland through ejaculations appears to have real health benefit.
Strengthens the Immune System (fewer colds)
One study showed that subjects who had sex 1-2 times a week had the highest levels of (immunoglobulin) IgA, your body’s first line of defense. This led to a stronger immune system for those subjects, whereas those who had sex less than once a week or more than twice a week had lower levels of IgA.
Improves Blood Circulation and Lowers the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
You say you don’t like to work-out? According to a study, the American Journal of Cardiology considers having sex to a moderate workout on a treadmill. As your heart becomes more efficient pumping blood, so improves the strength of your cardiovascular system, warding off disease. Included in exercise’s many health benefits is its ability to improve your sex life. Apparently, they go hand-in-hand.
Lowers Blood Pressure
The release of oxytocin, “the love hormone,” at the time of orgasm is thought to lower blood pressure in women. Additionally, if the sexual activity is elevated to aerobic exercise level in intensity it will have a similar effect as a bout on the stationary bicycle. More sex = higher testosterone! Low testosterone (in men and women) is associated with high blood pressure. According to my math, more sex will reduce your blood pressure.
Reduces Stress and Depression
Three cheers for oxytocin! Along with lowering blood pressure, it also produces feelings of satisfaction, peacefulness and security and reduces anxiety and fear. Oxytocin is also produced through touching and hugging and can lead to the stimulation of your brain’s reward center. Of the many mental-health benefits of sex, the reduction of stress and depression can prevent other health-related issues.
Helps Prevent Vaginal Dryness
An increase in estrogen during menopause, stress, infections and hormonal birth control can lead to vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. Regular sex for women, on the other hand, improves circulation to her nether regions and increases her natural lubrication abilities thereby, preventing vaginal dryness.
Endorphins released during sex interact with opiate receptors in the brain. This alters our perception of pain, in a good way. Also, other pain relieving chemicals help to increase your pain threshold as well. Given the fact that NSAIDs can have undesirable side effects, choosing to have an orgasm is a much more enjoyable and healthy way of reducing your pain. “Not tonight, Honey, I have a headache” should have just turned into “Tonight, Honey, I have a headache!”
The big O releases the hormones prolactin and oxytocin which relaxes you and induces sleep. With the importance of sleep on our health it’s no wonder that getting’ busy between the sheets has a lot to offer our mental and physical state. In our sleep-deprived world, sex may be just what the doctor ordered in helping us get the amount when need for optimal wellbeing.
Lighter Menstrual Cramping
Not only does our pain threshold increase during orgasm due to the release of dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins into the blood stream alleviating minor aches and pains, but when a woman experiences an orgasm, the blood flow to her uterus reduces cramping sensations. Therefore, try lessening your pain the all-natural way before reaching for a pain-killer it has so much more to offer.
Reduces the Chances of Endometriosis
The accumulation of menstrual material is thought to be a major contributor in the development of endometriosis. By removing this material out of the uterus you are acting in a prudent, proactive and preventative way in having a happy and healthy uterus. This is done by, you guessed it, orgasms.
Some studies have indicated that men who have sex once a week live longer than those who have it once a month. Is this cause and effect? Probably, because there are other studies that show just having positive memories of your sexual experiences can extend your life a few years. This list alone indicates that a reduction in blood pressure, stress, cardiovascular disease, and an increase in immune function as a result of regular sex can lead to a longer, healthier life.
Studies have shown that having sex 2-4 times a week can create a perception of being 12 years younger. WOW! Not necessarily a “health” issue, but certainly important to those of us who are fighting the aging process and seeking the fountain of youth. It is believed that the release of human growth hormone during sex is responsible for various physiological reactions lead to the youthful glow.
Increases Relationship Intimacy
Many of the benefits of oxytocin include its ability to act as a mood enhancer, raise self-esteem and create a greater sense of well being. People who feel the connectedness and intimacy associated with the vasopressin and oxytocin bond report a healthier, happier and trusting relationship with their spouse. Plus, what’s more physically intimate than making love to your spouse on a regular basis? Writer and speaker, Francie Winslow, has a terrific blog that addresses the challenges surrounding sex and marriage.
Although an occasional roll in the hay can be fun and exciting, it’s the regularity that generates the above health benefits and foundation for a great relationship. A regular exercise program, healthy diet, adequate sleep and proper management of your stress will go a long way in reaching your optimal health. However, a consistent sex life will enhance your efforts in the other areas of your life and vice versa. So, go ahead and improve your health, alleviate your aches and pains nourish your marriage starting tonight.
Note: The content in this article should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Consult with your licensed physician or healthcare provider about your specific health needs.