10 Health Benefits of a Healthy Sex Life

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A healthy sex life is one of the crucial things that make an individual feel healthy and look wholesome. The desire for sex is an inborn instinct in every human being. This desire is linked to reproduction and continuation of the human species. Other than preserving the human species, sex has numerous benefits to an individual’s health. The following are the top ten most crucial health benefits of a healthy sex life:

1. A Healthy Sex Life Boosts* Immunity

A study done in Wilkes University in Pennsylvania successfully proved that individuals who had sex more often are less likely to be affected by common infections such as flus. This is because sex boosts* our immune system by increasing* the production of an antibody known as immunoglobin A which fights of common infections. The individuals who participated in this research had sex at least twice a week.

2. A Healthy Sex Life Improves* Heart Health

Sex is exercise for the heart as it increases* the heart rate and rate of blood flow or circulation. People who have sex at least twice a week throughout their life are less likely to suffer from fatal heart attacks. In addition, a British study has shown that men who have sex more often in their old age are less likely to suffer from heart attacks. This study also concluded that more sex in old age does not necessarily increase* the chances of suffering from a stroke as it is commonly believed.

3. A Healthy Sex Life Keeps Your Weight Under Control

Sex is great exercise to keep you thin as it burns about 85 to 150 calories in one hour. This may not seem like much but other forms of exercise have the same calorie burning threshold. For instance, yoga burns about 114 calories per hour while dancing burns 129 calories per hour. Therefore, indulging in regular sex keeps weight gain at bay. In addition, sexual desire and an orgasm lead to the production of a hormone, testosterone, which keeps muscles lean.

4. A Healthy Sex Life Ensures Better Sleep

It is common knowledge that sex leads to better sleep. This is because sex gives a profound sense of relaxation that follows an orgasm. This feeling leads to deeper and more satisfying sleep.

5. A Healthy Sex Life Improves* Mental Health

According to Dr. Patricia Tan, a board certified internist in Arizona, regular sex and being in a healthy and loving relationship boosts* mental health. This is because sex gives us a feeling of intimacy and a strong connection with our loved ones. This feeling wards off anxiety and improves* our self-esteem. Furthermore, sex reduces* stress levels.

6. A Healthy Sex Life Lowers Stress

A Scottish study carried out in both men and women showed that people who have regular sex are better at handling stressful situation such as public speaking. Sex also reduces* stress by keeping a person’s cortisol levels under control. Lastly, numerous studies have shown that sex reduces* stress by lowering one’s blood pressure or keeping it under control during stressful situations.

7. A Healthy Sex Life Fights Cavities

Semen is loaded with decay fighting minerals such as zinc and cancer. Therefore, women who have sex more often have more of these mineral as their bodies absorb them during sex. These women have healthier teeth. Nonetheless, regular sex does not eliminate* the need for good dental hygiene and biannual trips to the dentist.

8. A Healthy Sex Life Keeps Skin and Hair Healthy

Sex improves* blood circulation to the skin. This gives the skin a radiant appearance and explains the after sex phenomenon where a woman’s skin glows. In addition, sex improves* pumping of oxygen to the skin and hair as well as collagen production. This also improves* hair and skin health. Furthermore, sex regulates hormone metabolism. Hormones have a direct impact on our hair growth and texture. Therefore, people who have sex more often have healthier hair.

9. A Healthy Sex Life Lowers Risk of Cancer

A healthy sex life lowers risk of cancer particularly in men. Younger men and older men who ejaculate more often during sexual intercourse are less likely to suffer from prostate cancer. In women, regular sex has been said to lower the chances of getting breast cancer.

10. A Healthy Sex Life Relieves Pain

Sex is a natural pain reliever that can relieve common ailments like headaches. This is because sexual arousal and orgasms lead to the production of oxytocin which in turn leads to the production of endorphins. These feel-good hormones are also natural opiates that have the power to alleviate pain.

Conclusion

It is undeniable that a healthy sex life is crucial for a healthy wellbeing. However, psychologists advice individuals to make choices they can live with in matters relating to sex. This is because guilty feelings can counteract the healthy benefits of sex. All in all, engaging in sex is a personal decision that is bound by legal, moral, social and physical constraints. Sex is healthy particularly if it is done in the right setting, at the right time (though this is a highly personal choice) and with a consenting party.

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Expert Author : Mark Simms (Consumer Health Digest)

Mark Simms is a prolific freelance health and beauty writer, independent researcher with a long history and expertise of providing reliable and relatable health content for magazines, newsletters, websites including blogs and journals. He also enjoy exploring men’s and women’s health category writing articles about sex and relationships, product review and providing information on sexual health.