By: John Dugan
Sex is far more than a pleasurable activity or a relationship strengthener. A healthy sex life turns out to be a key component of a healthy life overall for men and women.
The pleasure that comes with sex is more than enough to make most people want to perform the act. But men and women alike may be pleased to learn that a healthy sex life contributes to a healthy life overall in many ways. Most know that frequent sexual activity is good for one’s mood, but may be surprised to discover just how far-reaching the health benefits of this highly enjoyable activity are. The following are what people with active sex lives can look forward to, in addition to the obvious.
1. Lower Blood Pressure
One study found that intercourse reduced systolic blood pressure, while masturbation did not. Systolic blood pressure is the first number given in a blood pressure reading, and indicates the pressure in the arteries when the heart muscle contracts. High amounts of pressure on the arterial walls can lead to the kind of damage that increases the chances of clogged arteries and heart disease, so lower blood pressure is better.
2. Increased Immune Function
Sex once or twice a week was found by researchers to correspond with an increased level of a major antibody, indicating better immune function. People having this amount of sex had three times the amount of immunoglobulin A as those having either less or more frequent sex.
3. Better Heart Health
Sex is good for the heart not only because it may lower blood pressure, but because it counts as exercise. A romp in the sack that leaves one breathless can increase one’s heart rate enough to be considered a cardio session, and cardio strengthens the heart. One study into men’s heart attack risk found that those who had sex two or more times a week were half as likely to die of a heart attack.
4. Fast Pain Relief
Sex, and particularly orgasms, release endorphins in the body, which act similarly to opiates. They can nip pain in the bud. Some find that aches in the back, legs and head in particular are reduced after climaxing.
5. Prostate Protection (Possibly)
For men, frequent ejaculation may lower the risk of developing prostate cancer – and the ejaculation can occur with a partner or by masturbating. Some theorize that carcinogenic (cancer-causing) substances may be released during emission.
6. Better Sleep
That hazy, relaxed feeling people get after having an orgasm is caused in part by the release of oxytocin. This may contribute to faster and better sleep.
7. Better Memory
Memory loss is one of the more common, and frightening, things people tend to experience as they age. But maintaining a healthy sex life may help stave off memory loss and boost one’s brain function. Researchers have found that older people who are sexually active have healthier brain function than those who don’t have sex much. They have also found that sexual activity corresponds with increased cell growth in the hippocampus, the area of the brain that is responsible for long-term memory.
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