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Getting under the sheets not only provides pleasure, but is also good for the health. Several studies have concluded that people who have sex regularly have better health than those who do not.  The following article will provide you several reasons to get up, close and personal with your partner.

Health Benefits of Sex

De-Stress

Yes, you heard that right! Sex helps to reduce stress and anxiety.  Sexual intercourse, including hugging and kissing produces dopamine and oxytocin, the “feel good hormones” that fight the stress hormones. It releases a brain chemical that revs the brain’s pleasure system. Research has also shown that sexually active people respond better to stressful conditions.

A great form of exercise

Sex is a great form of physical exercise. According to sexologists, having sex is equal to engaging in Zumba. Regular sex does wonder to the waistline by reducing the fat from the body. It uses around 5 calories per minute, helping you to burn more than 300 calories per session. Heavy breathing raises oxygen in the cells, which keeps the bones and muscles strong.

Blood pressure

A research conducted at the University of Paisley found that daily sex could reduce the systolic blood pressure. A partner’s touch and hugging releases oxytocin, which lower blood pressure.

Immune system

According to a study, regular sex provides a surge of immune potency. It increases immunoglobulin A, an antigen that prevents the body from virus, flu, germs and other intruders. A research conducted in the Wilkes University found that college students who had sex once or twice a week had  a stronger immunity than those who did not have sex. Those who had sex daily increased the immunoglobulin a production by almost 30%. During sexual intercourse, the production of Immunoglobulin A takes place in the linings of female genital tract, which prevents the transmission if infectious diseases.

Pain Relief

Sex is an excellent natural remedy for migraines and body aches. Orgasm improves the production of oxytocin, which further initiates the rush of endorphins and corticosteroids, natural painkillers. Vaginal stimulation blocks the hormones responsible for chronic back and leg pain. Genital self-stimulation also reduces menstrual cramps, arthritis pain and headache. Hence, ditch the aspirin and try an orgasm instead.

Improves Mood

Sex builds trust and brings couples closer. Daily love making session increases serotonin levels in the body, improving mood.  The semen contains a host of mood elevating hormones like endorphins, oxytocin, serotonin and prolactin, which gets absorbed by the vaginal tissue during the intercourse. This jolts the system and keeps you happy for a long time. A study has also shown that people who had more loving physical contact released high amounts of oxytocin, which created love and bond between the couples.

Mentally Sharp

Sex increases the blood flow in the brain and delivers the extra doses of glucose, which makes the brain healthy and sharp.

Sleep

Sleep, as we all know, is extremely important for good health. A steamy bed session will induce a sound and peaceful sleep. The increased heart rate during the love making session increases post-coital relaxation. The intense relaxation after the orgasm makes one feel sleepy shortly after. Sex also makes people lethargic, making them sleepy.

Blood Circulation

Sex increases the heart rate, facilitating the supply of fresh blood to the organs and cells. It expels the toxins and other material that makes one feel tired.

Benefits of Sex for Men

Healthy Heart

A good sex life is excellent fort heart. Having sex daily can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by almost 50%. A study held in New England research has concluded that men are 45% less likely to experience cardiovascular diseases if they have daily sex. Anything that increases the heart rate is good for the cardiac. The number of heart beats per minute reaches at its peak during the orgasm.  Besides raising the heart rate, sex also keeps the testosterone and estrogen levels in balance.

Reduces the Risk of Prostate Cancer

In an Australian study, men who ejaculated daily or 21 times a month were least likely to develop prostate cancer. The fluid ejaculated is secreted by the prostate glands. Not ejaculating can make the fluid to stay in the glands, leading to the swelling of the prostate region. Regular ejaculation will clear out the fluid, ensuring the well-being of the prostate until the old age. Not only sex, but also nocturnal emission and masturbation can also prevent prostate cancer. A healthy sex life can also fend off stomach ulcer and angina.

Stronger Pelvic Muscles

Regular sexual intercourse can help you develop stronger pelvic muscles. Not only pelvic muscles, act of sex also strengthens quad, core and upper back muscles.

Prevents Erectile Dysfunction:

Most of the middle-aged men suffer from erectile dysfunction. The best treatment for erectile dysfunction is sex. An erection promotes blood circulation in the penile arteries, keeping the tissues healthy.  It also keeps the tissue in the penis oxygenated, leading to easier erections.

Healthier Semen

Daily sex replaces old sperms from the testicles and increases the volume of semen. Build up of sperm can also lead to DNA damage. For women, having sex will improve vaginal lubrication and elasticity, making sex a pleasurable experience.

Benefits of Sex for Women

Menstrual Cycle

Sex can also improve the flow of menstrual cycle. It regulates menstrual hormones, which in turn improves the flow of blood. Women who have sex once a week are more likely to experience smooth menstrual cycle. They also have fewer fertility problems as compared to people who indulged in sex less often. Frequent sex with the same partner can also help women to conceive easily.

Improves Bladder Control in Women

As mentioned earlier, sex improves pelvic strength in women by improving contraction in the vagina. A strong pelvic protects from incontinence, a condition that affects around 30% women in some point of lives.

Becomes Younger Looking

Making love daily or 4 times a week can make you look almost 10 years younger. It has been repeatedly proven that indulging in activities that you enjoy keeps you young and youthful. It also increases the hormone DHEA, which can help to increase the life expectancy.

Wrinkles

Sex improves the production of collagen in the body. Collagen is a protein that provides elasticity to the skin. This prevents wrinkles, age spots and ageing. Having regular sex also keeps the skin hydrated and prevents parched and flaky skin.

Natural Facial

Sweating during a steamy sex session acts as a facial to remove dirt, grime and makeup residue from the skin. Safe sex also reduces under eye dark circles and puffiness.

Healthy Skin

The orgasm triggers a rush of growth hormones like DHEA, which helps to heal the damaged caused by sun, cortisol buildup and other environmental conditions.

Sex Makes you Glow

15 minutes of sex session everyday will give you a glowing skin, rosy cheeks and a perfect red pout. It improves blood circulation, which pumps oxygen to the skin, making it brighter and glowing. It also eliminates toxins from the body, giving you a clear and smooth skin.  Sexual intercourse also reduces the hormone levels and balances them out to give you an acne free skin.

Skin Hydration

Sex can keep the body and skin hydrated. It improves circulation in the body, giving your skin more moisture to keep it supple and healthy. Sex improves the blood circulation and oxygen flow in the body, keeping dry skin at bay.

Healthy Hair

Sex also contributes to the health of the hair. It stimulates blood flow in the hair follicles, accelerating the growth of the hair. Also, a satisfying sex life enables the body to efficiently metabolize the nutrients, giving you healthy hair.

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