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5 Surprising Health Benefits Of Sex You Should Know

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April 15, 2021

Did you know that sex is beneficial for health? Sex is a biological necessity for both men and women. It is a pleasant and fun activity that increases both physical and mental well-being in all its forms.

Sex in a relationship is an essential component; in addition to strengthening the love bond, it increases intimacy, passion, and other qualities that make it possible to enjoy this experience. 

However, sometimes sex is either neglected or becomes a routine due to a lack of time or a hectic or stressful lifestyle. Perhaps not everyone knows that having sex is crucial for a couple's life and has positive implications for the body's overall health.

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1. Increased Feeling Of Well-being

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Frequent sexual intercourse lowers the level of stress in both men and women. Certain chemicals related to a more excellent state of well-being are secreted in the brain during orgasm.

In addition to all the physical health benefits, an intense and fulfilling intimate life also improves emotional well-being. The frequency of sexual intercourse has been linked to higher levels of self-esteem and well-being.

2. Boosts Immunity

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Having sex once or twice a week seems to be the optimal frequency for boosting the immune system. People who have sex at this frequency have higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A (IgA), an essential substance in the fight against diseases.

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With the case that sexually active people are exposed to more infectious agents than those who don't have sex, the immune system creates defensive responses by producing more IgA.

3. Protects The Heart

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To protect heart health, it is essential to adopt several good habits, such as a balanced diet. However, a practice as pleasant and straightforward as a healthy sexual relationship has a positive impact. This is because having sex reduces high blood pressure. 

Furthermore, it activates blood circulation as well as increases cardiovascular endurance. Besides, during the phase of maximum sexual arousal, the production of testosterone and DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) increases in the body, which protects the heart muscle.

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4. Promotes Good Sleep

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Those who experience sleep problems can also benefit from sex. During sexual intercourse and orgasm, a cocktail of chemicals floods the brain, including oxytocin, dopamine, and a mass of endorphins. Oxytocin, nicknamed "the cuddle hormone," facilitates the sense of intimacy and increases in both men and women during intercourse. 

After orgasm, the effect of oxytocin and the release of the hormone prolactin induces drowsiness. Prolactin creates a feeling of satiety and relaxation.

5. Keeps You Fit

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By now, even the walls know it: sex between foreplay and intercourse is complete gymnastics that engages all the muscles and burns a lot of calories. It does not mean that sex is able as if by magic, to give us a slender figure. 

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However, practicing it is equivalent to physical activity. Plus, it is recommended for keeping fit and burning calories. Although it should still be integrated with other exercises and a balanced diet, it helps maintain a healthy weight.

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