THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF HAVING SEX

By on August 3, 2017

by Lucien Gunn

 

We all know that sex is a good – and for all the obvious reasons. But what many of us had no idea about is that having sex actually benefits our health. The world of academia has been studying human sexuality for more than 150 years, but the research conducted in the last 25 years has produced the most enlightening results. Conducted in different parts of the world, and from a variety of perspectives, these studies have all reached conclusions that point to the positive benefits of having sex. In fact, research has shown that engaging in consistent sexual activity – particularly with a steady partner – is integral to maintaining a healthy life. So with that in mind, we thought we should share with you a list of the benefits to having sex that are said to boost and maintain our overall health.

Good Exercise … We are continually inundated with news concerning the necessity of keeping ourselves in good physical condition by adopting an exercise regimen. But the news no one tells us is that sex should also be part of a healthy exercise program. According to studies conducted by the University of Quebec at Montreal, sex actually qualifies as a moderate exercise, because it raises our heartbeat to beneficial cardio-vascular levels, and burns at least 100 calories per session. To put that into a better perspective, the average sexual interlude – about 25 minutes including foreplay – is equivalent to playing a game of doubles tennis or walking uphill.

Immune System … There is a constant influx of information about how to help keep our immune system from being taxed. And to help us, there is something that actually kicks our immune system into high gear. According to researchers at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA, having sex at least two times per week increases the immunoglobulin A (lgA) proteins in our system by 30 percent over persons who are sexually inactive. The benefit to this is that the lgA proteins act as antibodies by binding to pathogens when they first enter the body, then summoning the immune system to destroy them.

Pain Away … Almost all of us get aches and pains from time to time – sometimes without ever knowing why. But interestingly enough, orgasms can actually help. Studies show that during an orgasm, oxytocin – also known as the love hormone – is released into our system, as well as a massive wave of endorphins. This combination not only alleviates those aches and pains, but also helps to make arthritis pain subside, lessens the pains associated with menstrual cramps, and helps to regulate a woman’s monthly cycle.

Bad Moods … We all know that antidepressants are sometime essential for maintaining a healthy mood. Unfortunately, those antidepressants also act as sexual inhibitors by stifling the libido – which does nothing to improve your mood. But according to a study published in the journal of Fertility and Sterility, there are better, more traditional “strategies” for treating depression – such as physical exercise and, more importantly, having sex regularly. It seems that sex successfully and consistently boosts our mood with that massive wave of endorphins, helping to ward off depression.

Men’s Health … Orgasms – not only do they feel good, but they can actually add years to your life. Researchers from Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, found that by having sex three or more times per week, men can realistically lessen their risk of heart attack and/or stroke by as much as 50 percent – which is a huge margin. And as a correlation to this study, a survey of 30,000 men over the age of 30 by the National Cancer Institute, found that those who averaged better than 15 ejaculations per month showed a 33 percent lower risk of prostate cancer – which is significant.

Younger and Longer … It seems like the proverbial Fountain of Youth has been with us all along. Apparently, all we need to do in order to look younger is to have more sex, because engaging in consistent and/or regular sexual activity can make us look up to ten years younger – which sure beats botox; that number, however, is based upon having a steady sex partner as opposed to engaging in casual sex with random people. So even though having a consistent sexual life is not going to actually reverse the aging process, studies show that having a sex on a regular basis does increase the likelihood of our living a longer, healthier, and younger-looking life.

Intelligence … Of all the studies conducted related to sex, nothing beats the tripartite conclusion arrived at by the University of Maryland, Konkak University in South Korea, and Pavia University in Italy – that having sex can actually make us more intelligent. Their combined findings are based on three biological factors: (1) our brain cells are flooded with oxygen during sex, creating an ideal condition for neural expansion within the area of the brain responsible for the formation of long term memory; (2) the increased blood flow to our brain during sex protects the newly-created neurons, as well as cushioning against the memory-deterring effects of stress; (3) the combined increase of oxygen and blood to our brain also promotes the growth of nerves in the area of our brain responsible for heightened alertness, and memory retention.

Talk about being a modern-day panacea … Engaging in frequent and/or regular sexual activity obviously goes beyond the simple aspect of feeling good. It works as good exercise, helps to build our immune system, eases our aches and pains, brightens our moods, provides a major boost to our longevity, aids us in looking younger, and is an important factor in making us more intelligent. The evidence is overwhelming, then, that maintaining consistent sexual activity is an integral part of an overall healthy lifestyle – especially with a steady partner. In fact, having sex is so beneficial for us that it should probably become a standard part of a daily prescription provided by our physician … Who knows, maybe one day in the near future, we just might have our doctor say to us, “Go home, have two orgasms, and call me in the morning.”


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