Sex increases mental ability. That’s the conclusion researchers from Harvard Medical School came to after conducting a study. But this is not the most interesting fact about intimate life we know. Here are some more healthy reasons to have sex more often.
Sex is sport
During sex, the pulse rate increases approximately the same as when cycling. Almost all human skeletal muscles are involved in the process. The heaviest load falls on the main muscles, including the arms, legs, and muscles of the press. As long as you have sex actively and regularly, you’ll stay in great shape.
Sex is beneficial for the female heart
Studies have shown that women, who have sex several times a week, are less likely to have heart diseases than those, who have sex once a month. The reason for this isn’t yet clear. Perhaps it’s all about the female strong health and activity, but it’s possible that the ‘love exercises’ have the ability to protect the heart. According to studies, sexual intercourse reduces systolic blood pressure which is directly responsible for the work of the heart. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work for men. In their case, good sex can sometimes cause heart problems.
Sex cures headaches
It turns out that sex can even cure a headache, and this applies to both men and women. But not all types of headaches can be treated with a night of passion. A study, published in Cephalalgia, proves that sex is good for migraines. According to German scientists from the University of Münster, in 35% of cases, sex can relieve severe pains caused by migraines. However, the researchers can’t find out the specific relationship between these phenomena, suggesting that during sexual intercourse, endorphins are produced in large quantities in the neurons of the brain.
Sex helps relieve stress
Stress can lead to a variety of health problems, from sleep disorders and stomach upset to weakening the immune system and severe depression. The sexual activity of lovers reduces the level of the stress hormone cortisol in their blood. In large quantities, cortisol harms our body. In addition, people with a regular sex life, worry less even during public speaking, while the lack of sex leads to a jump in blood pressure in stressful situations.
Sex increases life expectancy
This applies to both men and women. For example, British scientists from the University of Bristol say that married men have a 50% lower risk of premature death than bachelors. This conclusion is a result of a study in which 1,000 men aged 45 to 69 years took part.
American researchers from Duke University conducted a 25-year study and concluded that frequent sexual life is the key to longevity in men and women.
Sex improves the cognitive ability of the brain
It turns out that thanks to sex, our brain is able to produce new cells. This conclusion was made by scientists from Harvard Medical School. For a long time, it was believed that the brain of an adult can’t produce new cells, and people have to live all their life with cells they were born with. It’s not true.
The process of neurogenesis, the development of new neurons (brain cells), does occur in an adult’s brain. And neurogenesis is stimulated by hormones produced during sex. Another study has shown that people aged 50 and older, who lead a regular sex life, have a much better memory than those, who have sex rarely and occasionally.
Sex makes you happier
Probably, there’s no need for any evidence that sex makes us happier. But in reality, everything is a little more complicated. The thing is that sex only makes close people happy. We’re talking about married couples. According to scientists, in order to be happy, couples should have sex at least once a week. If lovers don’t know each other well enough, the effect of happiness from sex disappears.
Sex improves relationships between partners
During sex, our brain gets overwhelmed with the hormone oxytocin. It evokes a sense of intimacy and affection for the partner. This helps people build strong, stable, and long-term relationships.
Sex makes you look better
The more sex you have, the fitter your body is. It’s not surprising that during the intercourse, we burn excess calories, but scientists still can’t name the exact reason why sex is so effective for weight loss. After all, most couples have sex only 1-2 times a week. This means that they don’t burn that many calories. Sure, some people are more active than others, but this is rather an exception to the rule. Besides, sex itself doesn’t lead to an excessive calorie loss. For example, during 30 minutes of sex, women burn an average of only 85-100 calories.
Sex is good for psychological health
Adults, who have a regular sex life, are less prone to depression. In addition, they’re less likely to resort to medical drugs to treat mental illnesses. That’s another great reason to try a couple of new kinky things with your loved one in bed.
Sex protects against colds and flu
A team of American scientists from the University of Wilkes claims that couples that have sex 1-2 times a week strengthen their immune system. The thing is that during sexual intercourse, antibodies called immunoglobulin A are produced in the body, successfully resisting different viruses and infections. In people, who have had sex 1-2 times a week, the level of immunoglobulin A is 30% higher than in people, who make love less often or more often. This phenomenon isn’t studied well yet.
Sex improves the quality of sleep
During orgasm, both male and female bodies produce such hormones as endorphins and oxytocin. These hormones dull the pain, and relax the muscles and nerves, thus improving the quality of sleep. Although, some women believe that, for some reason, this phenomenon has a greater effect on men.
Sex reduces the risk of cancer
If men have sex regularly and often, they significantly reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer. Women, in their turn, lower the risk of developing breast cancer. This fact alone is enough to encourage couples to make love more.