In the immortal words of Salt ‘N’ Peppa: “Let’s talk about sex”.
Aside from the fact that sex is fundamental to procreation and shared feelings of intimacy and happiness with our partners, did you know that doing the deed also boasts many health benefits? If you needed any more motivation to spend more time under the sheets, read on to discover 10 very good reasons to have more sex.
1. Improves Immunity
According to a study conducted by Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, sex can improve your immune system to such a degree that it can help fight off colds and flu. The study, which asked 111 undergraduates aged 16-25 how often they had sex, found that people who had intercourse twice a week enjoyed a significant boost to their immune system.
So the next time you find yourself in a snotty mess, the best antidote is to get into a state of undress.
2. It’s time to release your endorphins
During the act of lovemaking, your body releases a shimmering cocktail of endorphins and feel-good hormones that put you into a state of ecstasy. These also act as one of the body’s natural remedies to aches and pains. So remember: there’s now no excuse for not getting down to it because you’ve got a headache, because sex could be the very cure needed!
3. It’s better than Shredded Wheat for a healthy heart
Did you know that low levels of testosterone and estrogen increase the risk of heart disease in men and women respectively? But guess what? That’s right, sex helps to moderate the levels of both hormones in your body, and thus keep your heart ticking along nicely.
4. Sex can help take 10 years off your appearance
Those science boffins have only gone and done it again. In a data research project undertaken at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, scientists empirically proved that having sex at least four times a week helped people to look between 8-12 years younger. It looks like sex is a better and cheaper age-defying treatment than plastic surgery or whatever wonder cream Jennifer Aniston’s currently peddling.
5. It’s a fantastic form of exercise
Yep, sex is considered a great form of aerobic exercise. That means it burns calories and can even encourage muscle tone and weight loss. What’s more, it’s proven that the more you have sex, the more you want it. So as means of keeping fit, a regular regime of nookie should be easier to stick to than consistent bursts on that treadmill or exercise bike.
6. It’s proven to Improve women’s bladder control
Problems with bladder control affects around 30% of all women at some point in their lives. Many of these problems stem from having a weak pelvic floor. However, -arguably- sex is the best workout for pelvic floor muscles that exists. For this reason, regular sex can help women to avoid problems with incontinence and bladder control in later life.
7. It can help reduce the risk of prostate cancer
For blokes, sex is equally as good for reducing the risk of prostate cancer. The proof? Research conducted by experts in Boston that involved nearly 30,000 men found that males who ejaculated at least 21 times a month were at far less risk of suffering with prostate problems. So gents, as your friendly neighbourhood shopkeeper might say, “Please come again”.
8. It can help you get a better night’s sleep
As well as tiring you out physically, your brain produces the hormone prolactin during sex – and especially after an orgasm. This same hormone is produced in higher doses when you sleep. Therefore, if you can fit in a session or two before you turn the lights off for the evening, you will get to sleep faster and enjoy a more restful night’s kip.
9. It will help boost your self-esteem
In your relationship, feeling both loved and desired is very important. And sex is a great way that couples can open up, connect and share their emotions on an intimate level. In turn, this can help boost feelings of security and support in your life, which can have the knock-on effect of increasing your self-esteem.
10. It helps reduce stress
Another hormone that is released during an orgasm is Oxytocin, which sends signals to the brain telling it to rest and relax. Hence, regular sex can help us all to chill out more and leave our stresses behind. As a result of feeling less stressed, you are a lot less likely to develop one of the number of stress-induced ailments that are linked to feeling under pressure.
A ‘happy ending’
So, as you can clearly see, regular sex can play a very important part in the quality of your physical and mental well-being. For this reason, injecting some adventure into your sex life can help improve the quality of your life dramatically.