Better Sex Can Lead To Better Health
Did you know that a great sex life could lead to better health?
Recent studies have shown that many women have sex more out of obligation than enjoyment – meaning many couples are missing out on some major health benefits.
It’s vital for couples to figure out ways to promote mutual sexual enjoyment and satisfaction – not only for healthier relationships, but for healthier bodies.
Here are five great things that great sex can do for you:
Sex decreases stress.
“Sex releases endorphins, which are natural ‘feel good’ hormones,” Dr. Naomi Greenblatt, MD, and medical director at The Rocking Chair in New Jersey, says.
For anybody who’s ever had sex, that probably won’t come as a huge surprise, but it’s consistent with multiple studies that suggest that people who engage in satisfactory sex exhibit fewer signs of depression.
Sex is a great exercise.
“Sex can be a significant workout,” Dr. Greenblatt says. “You can burn anywhere from 85 to 250 calories every time you have sex.” Not only do you burn calories, but you work different muscle groups, depending on how many different positions you try.
Sex boosts your your immune function.
“People who have sex also tend to have higher levels of immunoglobulin A, which improves your immune function,” Dr. Greenblatt says.
Sex helps protect your heart.
Research suggests that people who have frequent sex have a 50 percent less chance of cardiovascular mortality, compared to people who don’t have sex as often. Not only that, but according to Dr. Greenblatt, it can boost your body’s production of Vitamin D, and estrogen, which helps you to maintain shiny hair and skin.
Sex can relieve pain.
Immediately before you have an orgasm, levels of oxytocin are five times higher than normal, Dr. Greenblatt says, and that can relieve pain, from back pain to arthritis, and even menstrual cramps.
Admittedly, many researchers are quick to stress that sex and health is like the old “chicken and egg” adage—that is they’re not sure which came first. It could be that people who live healthier lifestyles tend to be more interested in sex than those who are not as healthy.
Another important health tip: Don’t forget that it’s still vital to practice safe sex at all times.
Aug 2, 2012 By Violet Smith, BDO Staff Writer