By Edward Kdonian
For example, did you know that a healthy sex life could actually improve your immune system? A study done by researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania found that students who “pounded the pavement” once or twice every week possessed higher levels of certain antibodies. So if you have a habit of getting sick often, the answer may be as simple as, getting laid, more frequently.
A little extra boost to the white blood cells isn’t the only additional benefit of sex. Research also suggests that regular sexual intercourse actually lowers blood pressure. More specifically, it can lower your systolic blood pressure (that’s the first number you hear when the doctor runs the test, don’t worry I didn’t know either)
But wait, there’s more. Sex also makes a habit of lessening pain. Well orgasms specifically. That’s right whether you are with someone else, or just enjoying “alone time”, an orgasm causes your body to release a hormone that helps to raise your pain threshold. So next time your feet are killing you after a long day at work, or your back is aching from carrying your school bag around, just take a moment with your partner or your hand, to do some pain management.
If those weren’t enough reasons to take part in some “two-person push-ups”, then maybe this will help convince you. Sex is a great way to get to sleep at night. You see after orgasm your brain discharges prolactin. This chemical is responsible for calming you down after a good roll in the hay.
As Billy Mays would say, “But wait, there’s more!” Sex has been proven to help improve bladder control, especially in women. The same muscles responsible for an orgasm are also used in controlling your bladder. Meaning that good sex is the equivalent of exercise for your pelvic muscles. Thirty percent of women will have problems with incontinence and bladder control in their lifetime. Making sex one of the easiest answers to this common problem.
Okay, I’ll leave you with one last benefit of a healthy sex life. It helps reduce stress. Not only as a physical act of exertion but as a means of intimacy. No matter what part of life is causing the most stress, sex and intimacy can boost your self-esteem as well as your happiness. Just the simple act of hugging and touching your partner is enough for your brain to start releasing a variety of “feel good” chemicals. These chemicals, along with the therapeutic feeling of being with someone you care about, actually help to undo both the mental and physical symptoms of stress.
Remember to always practice safe sex, and to get tested every six months and every time you are with a new partner. Stay safe, stay healthy, and have sex.