Sex is Really Good for Us, So is Hugging
Like letting the Sun warm our skin on a Spring day or sinking healthy Real Organic food we love, it is a bonus when something that feels good is good, and that is the case with Sex.
Beyond the emotional benefits, we can also expect to gain lots of benefits from a healthy Sex life, as follows:
1. Improved Immunity: People who have sex frequently (1 or 2 X a week) have significantly higher levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA). The IgA immune system is the body’s 1st line of defense.
Its job is to fight off invading organisms at their entry points, reducing or even eliminating the need for activation of the body’s immune system. This may explain why people who have Sex frequently also take fewer sick days.
2. Heart Health
Men who made love regularly (at least 2X a week) were 45% less likely to develop heart disease than those who did so once a month or less, according to research published in the American Journal of Cardiology.
3. Lower Blood Pressure
Sexual activity, and specifically intercourse, is linked to better stress response and lower blood pressure.
4. Sex is a Form of Exercise
Sex helps to boost the heart rate, burn calories and strengthen muscles, just like exercise. Research revealed that sex burns about 4 calories a min for men and 3 for women, making it a significant form of exercise. It can even help to maintain flexibility and balance.
5. Pain Relief
Sexual activity releases pain-reducing hormones and has been found to help reduce or block back and leg pain, as well as pain from menstrual cramps, arthritis and headaches.
A study found that sexual activity can lead to partial or complete relief of headache in some migraine and cluster-headache patients.
6. May Help Reduce Risk of Prostate Cancer
Research has shown that men who ejaculate at least 21X a month (during Sex or masturbation) have a lower risk of prostate cancer.11 This link needs to be explored further.
7. Improve Sleep
After Sex, the relaxation-inducing hormone prolactin is released, which may help one to fall asleep more quickly. The “Love” hormone oxytocin, released during orgasm, also promotes sleep, which may be especially beneficial for those who prefer to be intimate right before bedtime.
8. Stress Relief
Sex triggers the body to release natural feel-good chemicals, helping to ease stress and boost pleasure, calm and self-esteem. Sexual intercourse also helped people respond better when subjected to stressful situations like speaking in public.
9. Boost Your Libido
The more often you have Sex, the more likely you are to want to keep doing it. There is a mental connection and a physical one, particularly for women.
More frequent Sex helps to increase vaginal lubrication, blood flow and elasticity, which in turn make sexual activity more enjoyable.
10. Improved Bladder Control in Women
Intercourse helps to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, which contract during orgasm. This can help women to improve their bladder control and avoid incontinence.
11. Increase Intimacy and Improve Your Relationship
Sex and orgasms result in increased levels of the hormone oxytocin – the “Love” hormone — that helps one feel bonded to one’s partner.
If you do not have Sex regularly, one can still reap many similar benefits from other forms of intimate contact like hugging and kissing. Like Sex, hugging increases levels of the ‘Love” hormone oxytocin. This, in turn, may have beneficial effects on heart health and more.
A study found that women had lower blood pressure following a brief episode of warm contact with their partner. A 20-sec hug, along with 10 minutes of hand holding, also reduced the harmful physical effects of stress, including its impact on your blood pressure and heart rate.
This makes sense, since hugging is known to lower levels of stress hormones like cortisol. Hugging also activates the orbitofrontal cortex in the brain, which is linked to feelings of reward and compassion. A 10-sec hug a day can lead to biochemical and physiological reactions in your body that can significantly improve your health.
Need a boost?
Reduce, and eliminating, grains and sugars in your diet. It is vitally important to eliminate sugars, especially fructose. High levels of sugar in your bloodstream can actually turn off the gene that controls your sex hormones.
Eat a healthy diet of Real Organic foods, that helps to normalize the body’s insulin levels. This simple thing has a profound influence on every area of our health, including our Sex life.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively.