Beside the obvious pleasure that it gives, regular sex is also a great way
to improve your physical and psychological health. Dr. Phoenyx Austin tells Madamenoire.com 8 ways that sex does a body good.
SEX RELIEVES STRESS: Having a stressful week? Then you might want to spend
some more time in bed before heading into work. Did you ever notice how one (or several consecutive) romps in the sack can alleviate even the most stressful of days? Well that’s because sex is a big stress reliever. How you ask? Sex lowers blood pressure. And studies have shown that people who engage in regular intercourse (and masturbation) have better responses to stress than those who don’t.
SEX STRENGTHENS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM: With all the stats about STD’s and
HIV, would you ever guess that sex could actually boost your immunity?
Well it can! Sexual arousal and orgasm have been linked to increased
levels of antibodies and white blood cells, which help your body fight
colds and flus.
SEX BURNS CALORIES AND IMPROVES HEART HEALTH: Sex helps keep your heart healthy, and on average, burns 260 calories or more in 60 minutes. While that may not sound like much, consider that one pound of fat equals 3500 calories. So if you’re looking to lose weight, some good ole’ lovin’ could be the perfect alternative if you’re not a big fan of the gym.
SEX REDUCES PAIN (AND PMS): Stimulation of a woman’s clitoris, vaginal
walls, and orgasm, triggers the body to release oxytocin, endorphins, and
corticosteroids. These are all natural painkillers. And for women, these
painkillers become useful if you want to ease the symptoms of PMS.
SEX DOES A PROSTATE GOOD: A groundbreaking study in the Journal of the
American Medical Association concluded that high ejaculation frequency (21
ejaculations or more a month) through sexual intercourse or masturbation,
is associated with a lower prostate cancer risk in older men.
SEX IS GOOD FOR THE VA-JAY-JAY: Have you heard the saying, “If you don’t
use it, you’ll lose it?” Make sure you keep the ‘garden watered’ and ‘soil
fertile’ with regular sex. Regular sex and Kegel exercises, help to keep
vaginal tissues supple and healthy, as well as strengthen vaginal and
pelvic floor muscles. And this becomes even more important later on in
life when concerned about maximizing sexual pleasure and minimizing the
risk of urinary incontinence.
SEX IS A GREAT SLEEP AID: Wonder why men fall into a deep sleep after sex?
Biologically, they can’t help it. Sex and orgasm promote sleep because
they cause the body to release the hormone oxytocin. And oxytocin (aka the
“cuddling hormone”) is responsible for relaxation, feelings of intimacy,
SEX KEEPS YOU HAPPY: Did you know that semen acts as an antidepressant?
Yes, semen helps fight the blues. A study at the State University of New
York in Albany found that females who had sex without condoms (and allowed
lovers to ejaculate in their vagina) had fewer signs of depression than
women who used condoms or abstained from sex. That’s because semen (which
is loaded with nutrients) enters the bloodstream and fights to counteract
depressive symptoms. Remember, it’s always best to practice safe sex (and
use birth control if desired). But if you’re battling the blues and you’re
in a healthy monogamous relationship, don’t hesitate to occasionally send
your man’s “lil’ soldiers” to war.