Couples that have become complacent in their relationship or too caught up with other things may not realize the benefits of a healthy sex life. And we don't blame you! It's easy to forget how important bedroom time is, especially when you've moved past the falling in love I-want-to-love-you-and-eat-you-and-become-one-body feeling and onto the I've-had-such-a-long-day-all-I-want-is-dinner-and-sleep phase.
But sex is important for so many reasons, both physical and emotional. You may have heard that sex releases oxytocin, the "cuddle hormone," which makes you feel lovey-dovey and improves your bond with your partner—but there are many other health benefits you may not be aware of. Here are 9 reasons you should be having more sex.
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1. You get sick less often. Having sex once or twice a week raises your levels of immunoglobulins, an antibody that helps your body fight off infection from bacteria and viruses. Regular sex can improve your immune system by 30 percent.
2. It's more exciting than a treadmill. Sex burns 3 – 4 calories a minute, compared with about 1.5 if you're just sitting there, and orgasms produce the amphetamine-like chemical phenylethylamine, a natural appetite suppressant. (Bonus: phenylethylamine is also found in chocolate!)
3. You'll have improved self-esteem. Sex releases endorphins, which produce an overall feel-good sensation—that's part of what makes you feel calm and secure after sex. Feeling good in the bedroom can translate to other areas of your life. The Power And Science Of Sexual Touch
4. It's better than Aspirin. In addition to endorphins, sex releases corticosteroids, both of which are natural pain-relievers that can soothe headaches, period cramps and back pain. Of course, your partner will be sure to remind you of this reason the next time you try to use a headache as an excuse NOT to have sex.
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