We all agree sex feels great. The cocktail of feel-good chemicals released throughout the brain and body delivering pleasure in the purest sense – is euphoria. Sex is the best thing in the world.
It’s no surprise that we like sex. That’s not all, sex aside from being pleasurable has a slew of health benefits. The perks of sex, masturbation included, extend beyond the bedroom.
Here are just a few of more reasons to ramp it up in bed.
1. Legitimate exercise
Oh yeah, sex counts as exercise. Some studies have found men who have sex at least twice a week were significantly less at risk of cardiovascular disease than those who have it once a month or less. Accumulative stress, anxiety and anger can pose danger for heart attack. A hot and heavy sesh from foreplay to finish can rack up a pretty good sweat.
2. Reduce stress and anxiety
When oxytocin and endorphins fire off during sex, they activate the pleasure centres in the brain that incite sensations of bliss. All the while bringing levels of cortisol (stress hormone) down. When you get down and dirty your levels of stress, tension and anxiety get a kick in the backside. Kick back, chill and enjoy this awesome moment when your mind is in total bliss and peace.
3. Improved sleep
Stress often brings the onset of insomnia, but here’s a simple solution that beats sleeping pills. Among the many hormones released during sex is prolactin. Prolactin happens to be one of nature’s biggest sleep aides, combined with the endorphins, a mix that helps relax the mind and body and make for a potent sedative. The perfect solution for sounder sleep.
4. Diminished pain
Sexual stimulation (including masturbation) and orgasm can help keep pain at bay. From migraines to soreness and strains, it turns out certain chemicals unleashed during orgasm can decrease awareness of pain. These hormones that can help block pain signals.
There has been extensive research on the correlation between pain and sexual pleasure. Experts have found sex increases the thresholds of tolerance and detection by about 40 and 50 percent, respectively.
5. The Ultimate glow
We’ve always heard about the elusive post-orgasm “glow,” but it turns out there’s a lot to scientifically back it up as well. When you orgasm, swarms of hormones like oestrogen and testosterone are additionally released. As a result, we see a boost in blood circulation throughout the body, which helps brighten your complexion and reduce dryness of skin. Some even say it can help you look younger too! According to scientists, those who romp on the reg up to 50 percent more often look significantly younger than their much “straighter-laced” counterparts.
Forget surgery and anti-aging creams, sex keeps you younger looking, too.
6. Boost immune system
More sex equals fewer sick days. That’s what the results of studies comparing sexually active people to those who are not sexually active. Studies found individuals who have sex more often have higher levels of Immunoglobulin A, one of our system’s top antibodies at the first line of defence against dreaded cold viruses. Rolling in the hay just once or twice a week has shown a difference as high as 30 percent from those who have sex on a rarer occasion.
7. Boosts libido
Are you suffering from a low libido? Believe it or not, the best antidote for a diminishing libido is -have more sex. Having sex actually boosts desire. Sex boosts vaginal lubrication, blood flow to the vagina, and elasticity of the tissues, all of which make for better, more pleasurable sex and heightened libido.