You probably don’t need an excuse to start having more sex.
However, if you do, you’ll be ahem, pleased, to learn that an active sex life brings with it plenty of great health benefits. Believe it or not, having more sex can improve your mind, body, and overall wellbeing.
Below are the 5 best health benefits that will give you an excellent excuse to start having sex more often.
1. Stronger Immune System
One of the greatest benefits of an active sex life is an improved immune system. People who have sex at least once or twice per week have a better line of defense against common illnesses such as the cold and flu.
When someone is having sex regularly, at least once or twice a week, they’ll typically have 30% more Immunoglobulin A, or IgA, in their saliva.
IgA is a powerful antibody which helps the immune system fight off viruses and is one of the best resources the body has to defend against illnesses.
2. Better Heart and Brain Health
Another reason sex can be beneficial to your health is that it can help support the functioning of two very important parts of your body, the brain, and the heart.
People who have regular sex experience an increase in cranial nerve growth, which can help to improve mental alertness. Sex can increase the growth of nervous tissue in a woman’s brain, particularly in the areas that control memory and emotions.
Studies have also shown that it helps with the heart as well. People who have regular sex may have a reduced risk of heart attacks, cutting the chances down by half.
3. Higher-Quality Sleep
People who have sex also have better quality sleep and can get to sleep faster. The combination of oxytocin and endorphins released during sex can lead to a very pleasant sedative feeling. One report indicates that over 60 percent of people who had sex with an orgasm reported improved sleep.
However, there is a discrepancy between the average time it takes men and women to orgasm. Most men take between 7-14 minutes on average, while women usually will take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes.
Since this benefit seems to be correlated with orgasms, it’s important that you’re fully enjoying the sex you’re having. You and your partner should both be reaching a satisfying conclusion if you want to enjoy this health benefit.
4. Improved Mental Health
Having an active sex life can also help reduce the amount of stress and anxiety you have in your life, leading to more happiness and better mental health.
Compared to others, people who are having regular sex experience a smaller increase in blood pressure when faced with stressful situations. When they find themselves in stressful situations at work or on a business trip it is less likely that they will experience much less anxiety or stress.
As a result, regular sex will make you happier at work, at home, and anywhere else you go throughout the week.
5. A Full Body Workout
Sex can also give you a full body workout and ensure that you’re keeping your body fit and healthy. When having sex, you build up muscle tone and release endorphins which can make you feel great.
All physical activities use at least a few muscles, but when you have sex you’re targeting 657 muscles – all of the muscles in the human body. Of course, keep in mind that longer sessions are better. To experience the most benefit, aim for at least 30-45 minutes.
Whether you and your partner are into bondage and other kinks or if you’re having sex of the more “vanilla” variety, it’s hard to find a better workout.
Experiencing the Benefits of an Active Sex Life
If you’re looking to experience the health benefits above you’re going to want to make sure you and your beau do get down to business regularly. If you do, you may just find that you end up living a very long, healthy, and of course, pleasurable, life.
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