Importance of Regular Sex for Healthy Living
The question of whether sex is a basic need has always been a subject of controversy and split opinions. According to Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, it is a basic need placed at the lowest level of the pyramid of human needs. Either way, sex as a reproductive process has several benefits to the body, particularly if done on a regular basis.
It improves the immune system
Research has shown that sexually active people fall sick less often that their less active counterparts. This is because those who engage in sex on a frequent basis have more antibodies that can fight viruses and external pathogens that might harm the body. In atypical research done at Wilkes university in Pennsylvania, it was found that college students who frequently engaged in sex had relatively more diseases fighting antibodies that their more dormant counterparts. It is also important to note that for a better immune system, sex alone will not help but a combination of other factors such as healthy eating, active lifestyle and enough sleep will.
It improves libido
Having sex on a frequent basis will make you crave for more of the experience because of increases the urge for more of it. In women’s case for instance, such cravings can be improved by vaginal lubrication and increased blood flow, activities that occur during sexual activities. Enhanced libido is a sign of improved sexual health.
It improves bladder performance
Constant sex is an essential workout routine for the pelvic muscles. Just like other muscles in the body that develop from constant exercise, the pelvic muscles are not exceptions. During orgasms, these muscles contract rhythmically thus strengthening them. String pelvic muscles help avoid incontinence a condition that affects majority of women at some point in their lives.
Sex exercise lowers the body’s systolic blood pressure and the heart rate. In a study dome on men, it was established that having sex two or more times a week has the effect or reducing susceptibility to heart attack by close to half. Besides sex, prevention of high blood pressure can also be achieved by following a proper diet in addition to keeping tabs on the body’s cholesterol levels.
It improves sleep
Stress and anxiety are some of the primary causes of restlessness at night not to mention lack of sleep. The human body needs a recommended minimum of 8 hours of sleep so as to function at its optimum the following day. Without this the normal physiological processes of the body will drag to a standstill. However, sex has been known to facilitate a good night sleep. The reason behind is that the relaxing feeling that immediately follows ejaculation in men or orgasm in women induces a long sleep. This is because it is at that moment that one lets go of all the stress and mental clog that clouds the mind.
It boosts mental health
Insanity, depression and anxiety are some of the mental conditions that are prevalent in those with a lot to ponder over. Research has shown that sex has a psychological advantage because it helps avoid these mental conditions through improvement of intimacy and alleviation of stress. Reduction of stress furthermore lovers the body’s cortisol levels thus also helps in controlling high blood pressure and other cardiovascular conditions that might arise due to poor blood circulation in the body.
A natural pain reliever
Scientifically, it has been proven that sexual health and pain are correlated. Through sexual excitement and climax, the hormone oxytocin is released into the body’s system. Oxytocin triggers the release of endorphins hormone. Endorphin is the natural pain medication for the body; when released in the body, they improve moods and reduce pain in the process.
It is a good workout exercise
This might be good news for those who dread going to the gym. Fortunately enough, it is good news because research has shown that an average sex session burns around 75 calories to more than twice that amount. These figures are proportionate to those attained when doing other physically demanding activities such as dancing, walking and yoga. Sex also releases the testosterone hormone which is essential, for building lean muscles and strong bones.
It improves the skin condition
During sex, the body produces Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) hormone which cannot only improve the immune system but also promotes a healthy skin. Evidence to support this fact is still inconclusive, though.
Sex is a fundamental biological process that serves an important role in the reproductive cycle. Besides this primary role it also has plenty of other indirect benefits as have been illustrated above. To experience the immense benefits, it is high time you incorporated more intimacy sessions in your lifestyle.