By Elizabeth Akindele
Sex is a physical, psychological and social activity that involves people touching each other’s body and often includes sexual intercourse. Sex is an intimate conviction and commitment.
The feeling of being sexually intimate with someone is beautifully magical and it brings you to a point where you are connected to another individual. However, aside from the pleasure of sex, there are other health benefits of being sexual active.
* Feel Good Factor
People that have sex regularly feel more confident about their bodies. High sexual activity makes the body release more pheromones – chemicals that enhance appeal to the opposite sex.
* Improves Sleep
You may often sleep off after sex and for good reason. “After orgasm, the hormone prolactin is released, which is responsible for the feelings of relaxation and sleepiness” says Sheenie Ambardar, MD who is a psychiatrist in West Hollywood, Calif.
* Best Exercise
Sex is a great form of exercise because virtually all muscles in the body are involved in the act that burns up about five calories per minute and increasing the heart rate in the process. Moderately active sex twice a week burns up an extra 5,000 calories a year.
* Improves Bladder Control
A strong pelvic floor is important for avoiding incontinence, something that will affect about 30% of women at some point in their lives. Good sex is like a workout for your pelvic floor muscles. When you have an orgasm, it causes contractions in those muscles, which strengthens them.
* Natural Pain Reliever
Orgasm can block pain. There is proof that vaginal or clitoral stimulation can block chronic back, leg pain, migraine and arthritic pain because during orgasm, a hormone that helps raise pain threshold is released, thus making the big O quite an efficient pain reliever.
* Immunity Booster
Regular sex helps the immune system stay in top shape. One good thing about sex is that the more you have it the more you want it. Having high levels of the natural steroid DHEA, known as “the anti-ageing hormone”, is key to keeping the body fitter for longer. During sex, DHEA is secreted throughout the body, and after an orgasm, the level in the bloodstream soars to five times its normal amount.
* Youth Elixir
An extensive research had found older men and women with an active love life looked five to seven years younger than their actual age. Amazing sex pumps higher levels of oxygen around the body, increasing the flow of blood and nutrients to the skin and pushes newer, fresher skin cells to the surface, making skin look healthier.
* Improve Your Libido
“Having sex will make sex better and will improve your libido ,” says Lauren Streicher, MD who is an assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
Sex and intimacy can boost your self-esteem and happiness, too. It’s not only a prescription for a healthy life, but a happy one.