Sometimes it can feel like your goal to get and stay healthy means cutting out all the good stuff. Don’t drink that. Don’t eat this. Stop doing that. And whatever you do NEVER do THAT.
Wouldn’t it be nice if just once being healthy meant doing something you really WANT to do? Well, we’ve got great news for you!
It turns out one of most enjoyable activities humans can engage in… having sex… is also terrific for your health. In fact, this is a case when more often means better.
More sex = better health
Seem too good to be true? It’s not, and we have the details and research to prove it.
Keep reading to discover seven impressive health benefits having more sex can bring to you.
1. Healthier blood pressure:
If you’re battling blood pressure issues, it turns out a regular roll in the hay could help. A study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior found women who have a fulfilling sex life are more likely to have healthy blood pressure than their peers whose love life is lacking.
And when it comes to sex, it’s not just intercourse that counts. Experts say other forms of physical intimacy, such as snuggling and foreplay, can lower blood pressure in both men and women too.
Want to keep your heart strong and healthy for years to come? Hop in the sack at least twice a week.
Yes, more sex could help keep your heart healthy too. According to a report in the American Journal of Cardiology, men who have sex two or more times per week have a 45 percent lower risk of heart disease than guys who have sex less often.
3. Better bladder control:
Keeping the muscles that line the floor of your pelvis strong is key to preventing embarrassing bladder leaks. But exercising those muscles isn’t as easy as going to the gym. Luckily, you can give them a workout in the bedroom!
Orgasms work similarly to Kegel exercises, contracting and strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. And in turn, that helps protect your bladder from those untimely accidents.
So go ahead and give your pelvic muscles a regular workout by having more sex.
4. Restful sleep:
Regularly not getting enough shuteye leads to far more than just dark circles under your eyes. Insomnia can raise your risk for serious health problems, from depression to dementia. But sleep drugs can be downright dangerous, sending your risk for falls and major memory issues skyrocketing.
To tackle a nagging case of insomnia without drugs try having more sex.
The estrogen that women’s bodies release during sex improves REM sleep, the deep sleep where your body has a chance to recharge. And for guys, sex helps relax the part of the brain that control alertness and mental activity. In other words, it stops your thoughts from racing a mile a minute so you can fall asleep easily.
Plus sex releases the hormone oxytocin, as well as the chemicals, serotonin and dopamine. A winning combination that helps both men and women drift off into a restful sleep.
5. Prostate cancer prevention:
We all know orgasms have the power to make you feel incredible. But for guys they could also have the power to protect their prostate too.
Researchers at the National Cancer Institute found that men who had 21 orgasms, or more, per month were 1/3 less likely to develop prostate cancer than men who had fewer orgasms.
Scientists aren’t 100 percent sure why regular sex appears to help reduce prostate cancer risk. But one leading theory is that frequent ejaculation helps clear out any carcinogens or microcalcifications that might build up and cause the cancer.
6. Headache relief:
We all know the old punchline, “Not tonight honey, I have a headache.” But it turns out sex might actually be the CURE for that headache of yours.
In a German study, 60 percent of migraine sufferers and 37 percent of people struggling with cluster headaches reported pain relief after having sex. Experts say it works because sex releases feel-good endorphins, your body’s natural pain killers. Which means it may help with other kinds of aches and pains as well.
7. Stronger immune system:
Sex is also great simply for booting your overall health. Research has found regular trysts can help give your immune system a boost.
Wilkes University in Pennsylvania reports that people who have sex at least once a week have higher levels of an important antibody called immunoglobulin A, or IgA. IgA levels indicate just how strong your immune system really is, and frequent sex could raise your IgA levels by up to 30 percent.
It’s true. A roll in the hay doesn’t just feel good; it’s good for you too. So go ahead and give your health a boost by having more sex.