How does sex benefit our health?
When we are having sex, the last thing on our minds is a healthy immune system and a healthy body. Well the good news is that we don’t only receive sexual pleasure when we engage in sexual intercourse, but a lot of health benefits as well! These benefits include:
fitness: Sex is by far the most enjoyable calorie burner. Sex for half an hour can burn up to 85 calories, or even more, depending on how much you move! Because sex requires a degree of physical effort, it is beneficial from a cardio perspective and can do wonders for toning your stomach and buttocks.
Stress Reduction: It has been proven many times that sex lowers blood pressure and can be highly effective in overall stress reduction. People suffering from anxiety disorder and general stress are recommended to maintain an active sex life for the benefits it has on the mind as well as the body. Sex is a form of exercise that releases endorphins which elevate mood levels and heighten motivation both inside and outside the bedroom.
Immunity boosting: Sex may result in higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A (IgA) that acts as the first line of defence against colds and flu. If you have sex more than twice a week you are more likely to produce IgA.
How does good health benefit our sex life?
Maintaining a healthy mind and body is essential to a good sex life. Aside from the general importance it brings, a healthy body can contribute to well functioning sexual organs and a relaxed mind which fundamental to our sex drive.
Healthy nerve function, blood flow and hormone levels are fundamental to good sex and are maintained and improved by a healthy, balanced diet. The role nutrition plays in our sex lives is significant.
Complex carbohydrates, plenty of fruit and vegetables, legumes and grains are all contributory foods to strengthening blood vessels and the membranes that line the female reproductive tract.
Zinc also has strong links to an active sexual drive. Foods like seafood, meat, poultry and liver, as well as eggs, beans and whole grains have been associated with healthy sperm production and sexual development. Moreover, any foods containing Vitamin C and Vitamin E promote healthy blood flow and strong blood vessels. They not only help to maintain a healthy sex life but enhance your body’s immune system too.
These nutrition tips as well as a generally healthier lifestyle with minimal saturated fats, alcohol and cigarette consumption will undoubtedly improve your sex drive and lead to a healthier and more enjoyable sex life.
Good sex is therefore essential to a healthy body and mind and a healthy body and mind is essential for good sex. All you need to do is eat, love and play!