5 ways sex can boost your health and longevity

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In case you needed a few extra incentives to “get busy,” medical studies have identified even more ways that a healthy sex life can contribute to a healthier you.  Here’s a glimpse into five health benefits of sex:

Heart health
If you’re looking to lower our risk of heart disease, then you better be adding regular sex to your list. A study by the New England Research Institute found that men who had sex twice per week decreased their risk of heart disease by as much as 50 percent.

Sex is considered by some experts to be a form of exercise, burning anywhere from 70 to 100 calories per half hour, which is comparable to climbing stairs or power walking, though not nearly as fun!

Not to mention, your body also releases endorphins and hormones that produce feelings of euphoria and pleasure, resulting in reduced stress levels, anxiety, and lower blood pressure. So, when you find yourself facing a stressful schedule, you might want to log more time between the sheets to help offset your daily life stressors.

Immune function
Next time you engage in a little bow-chick-a-wow-wow, know that you’re giving your immune system a much-needed boost.

One medical study looked at the sexual habits of 100 college students and discovered that those who engaged in sex 1-2 times per week actually showed a 30 percent increase in their antibodies, which are crucial for warding off harmful bacteria and viruses. In short, higher antibody levels translate to getting sick less often.

 At the same time, regular sex boosts immunity in women, leading to increased fertility even if they have sex outside of the fertile window. According to the research, this immunity results from increases in Type 1 and 2 T-cells in the body. These T-cells guard against illness and prevent the immune system from attacking a forming embryo, keeping women both healthy and fertile.

Pain relief
For those who suffer from acute or chronic pain, a little sexual healing could be just what the doctor ordered. During an orgasm, your brain’s dopamine levels spike, acting as a natural pain reliever.

When the University of Munster surveyed 1,000 headache patients, they concluded that many migraine patients could use sex to relieve or eliminate the pain. Of the ones who had migraine attacks during sex, 60 percent reported that the intimacy relieved their headache pain.

Migraine headaches are one of many health woes that can be relieved with sex. Women with painful menstrual cycles have also reported a temporary reduction in symptoms after experiencing an orgasm.

Improved Zzzz’s
Researchers have found that the hormone prolactin surges during sex and plays a key role in making you feel drowsy post-lovemaking, while oxytocin (known as the “love hormone”) lowers stress chemicals, and melatonin kicks in and signals your body to rest – the combination results in drifting off into a deep, restful sleep.

Medical experts from the National Cancer Institute have discovered that men who are highly sexually active get the most benefit, ultimately reducing their risk of prostate cancer. According to researchers, regular sex helps men to rid their “plumbing” of harmful substances by moving toxins and pathogens out of the body, thus lessening the chance of serious issues down the road.

The Fox News report also mentioned that sex can help prevent breast cancer in some women, though there are some conflicting theories on this topic.

Nevertheless, the takeaway is that sex provides a host of health-enhancing benefits including curbing pain, building immunity, and improving heart health, to name a few.

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