Most people resolved to eat better, exercise, and stay health conscious for 2015. It’s pretty much the same spiel each year. But what most people skip out on is how important it is to include the commitment to more sex (in the name of optimal health of course). And you don’t have to be 50 shades of kinky to realize that having more sex is crucial for you and your health in 2015.
Mum’s, this isn’t a joke. There’s actual scientific data to back this up…
Better Immunity, Fewer Sick Days
Having sex, among enjoying other physical activity, such as massages, can cause the body to release oxytocin, which helps to lower the body’s cortisol levels. Since cortisol is known as the body’s stress hormone and is the culprit behind decreases in the body’s immune system, sex can be related to increasing the immune system, making it more difficult to get sick. According to sexual health expert Yvonne K. Fulbright, PhD, “Sexually active people take fewer sick days.” So during cold and flu season, when your kids are more likely to bring home those icky germs from school, think of sex as your shield to those germ-carrying hosts you call your children.
Heart Health: Lower Blood Pressure and Decreased Risk of Heart Attack
That lovely oxytocin release, coupled with the aerobic exercise that sex calls for, can also help to lower blood pressure. Those who are seeking homeopathic and non-medicated remedies for high blood pressure can turn to sex as a means to naturally lower their blood pressure. According to Dr. E. Dean Nukta, MD, medical director of interventional cardiology at Fairview Hospital, “Sex is good aerobic exercise, and aerobic exercise is good for heart health.” No arguments there… And let’s face it. A round of sex with the hubby beats 30 minutes on the treadmill any day.
In addition to providing aerobic exercise, sexual activity can help to keep progesterone and testosterone levels balanced. Imbalance with these hormone levels can affect your body’s bone density, amount of restful sleep your body gets, your body’s stamina.
Sex can be more effective as a pain reliever than actual medicinal painkillers. The burst of endorphins that is released just before and during climax can alleviate minor or even more severe pain, like migraines. And that’s with no dreaded side effects. Something to think about before popping that Tylenol after a long day…
The decrease in cortisol that results from sexual activity promotes relaxation and lowered stress. Orgasms also help to release a friendly little hormone called vasopressin, which also helps you to sleep more soundly. Melatonin, which helps to regulate your internal clock and allows you to achieve that “deep sleep” mode, is also released.
The Benefits Don’t Stop There
There are countless other benefits to regular sexual activity. From an improved sense of smell to more emotional benefits, like an improved social life and a greater sense of confidence, sexual activity can improve the general quality of life in most individuals. One study even found that human life expectancy can be increased with regular sexual activity. Queens University held a study, published in British Medical Journal, that showed men who reported the highest frequency of orgasm had significantly longer lives than those who did not enjoy sex. These benefits can also be attributed to women.