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Last Updated on May 4, 2018

8 Unexpected Health Benefits of Sex You Didn’t Know About

8 Unexpected Health Benefits of Sex You Didn’t Know About

Actively engaging in sex is a necessity to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It may not be your traditional cardio, weight training, or kickboxing class, but sex is not just for procreation or pleasure anymore. With over 600 muscles in the human body, the physical act of (ahem) contracting and releasing your arm, butt, leg, and core muscles gives you a total body workout.

Want to know the best part? Engage in this unique training session in the comfort of your own home – no gym membership required! Customize your workout plan to suit your needs and satisfaction to get the results you deserve. Here are 8 unexpected health benefits of sex you didn’t know about.

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1. Mood Alternator

The act of having sex is obviously pleasurable, but did you know it transcends the physical and affects you emotionally too? Studies show that people who have sex frequently have an elevated mood and a reduction in symptoms of depression. But why? Believe it or not, this is partly due to the body’s exposure to semen. Yep, it’s true! Contact with semen brings a jolt to a woman’s system because it is a source of many mood-altering compounds. Compiled of endorphins, oxytocin, serotonin, and prolactin, a woman’s vaginal tissue absorbs the semen’s mood-elevating chemicals to turn your tense and unhappy mood into a calm and happy one. Who knew sex could feel so good – emotionally?

2. Stress Reliever

Not only does having sex make you feel better, it also acts a stress reliever and lowers your blood pressure. Research indicates that people who engage in frequent sex have lower blood pressure than those who are not sexually active. The oxygenation of blood pulls the mind away from negative stressors and releases feel-good hormones to activate pleasure centers in the brain. In suspended animation, your mind and body simultaneously go off-grid for a moment in time. Upon return, you remain in a state of relaxation and tranquility. There’s nothing better than feeling stress-free and satisfied, right?

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3. Pain Reducer

Regardless of how much we try to stay healthy, there’s always that headache, foot, or back pain that creeps up on us after a long day at work. The last thing on our minds is having sex. What if I told you that’s exactly what you should do? As a natural pain reliever, studies prove that having sex can help ease any annoying ache or pain. The rush of oxytocin right before you climax and the endorphins released during an orgasm trigger receptors in the brain. Similar to the effects of morphine, presence of an object inside the vagina instinctively reduces pain by increasing tolerance. Females would not be able to give birth to babies without this mechanism. Wow! Talk about flipping the script!

4. Productive Periods

This unexpected health benefit of sex is targeted at the ladies. Gentlemen, don’t fret – you can certainly benefit from this too. No one is a fan of Mother Nature and her inopportune timing for delivering her monthly gift. Unfortunately, the package has to be delivered. What if it came with fewer cramps and lighter cycles? That’s right, people! The more frequent the orgasms, the fewer cramps and less time spent feeling miserable! Women who have a healthy sexual appetite experience more orgasms and shorter periods. Why? Thank sex for that. Let me explain. Frequent orgasms encourage a woman’s uterus to contract, eliminating and riding her body of cramp-causing compounds. Ergo, increasing the number of uterine contractions helps expel blood and tissue quicker, aiding in shortening her period. Stress reliever, pain reducer, and now period producer – who knew sex was so beneficial?

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5. System Strengthener

There’s no excuse for you to fear getting sick and not going out this season – there’s only a solution. To protect your body from contracting a cold or getting sick, increase the number of times you have sex to strengthen your immune system. Yes, you read that correctly – having sex helps strengthen your immune system. Research shows that people who have sex one to two times a week have three times as much Immunoglobulin A in their system when compared to those who do not frequently have sex. Immunoglobulin A is a major and significant antibody to help combat disease and protect the body from catching the flu.

6. Smart Sex

If you are going to take my advice, you are obviously smart. I’m not trying to be funny – I’m just giving you the facts. It’s undeniable that sex has physical and emotional benefits, but what about psychologically? Well, it’s been proven that having sex enhances the blood flow with the body and brain. Delivering an extra-boost of glucose after your orgasm, your body converts it into energy, giving you the focus you need to stay productive.

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7. Sincere Skin

With a significant increase in oxygenation and circulation of the blood, a post-coital glow means a temporary brighter complexion thanks to last night’s training session. Orgasms trigger a rush of endorphins and growth hormones into your body to help heal damage caused by the sun, smoking, and cortisol build-up. However, the best health benefit of having sex is long-lasting, if not beautiful. Studies indicate that people who have sex every other day look dramatically younger than their less sexually active peers by at least seven to 12 years!

8. Sex Appeal

Sex is a great mode of exercise because it takes both physical and psychological work to do it well. Just so we’re clear: sex does count as cardio! Engaging a personal (of course private!) training session can help you burn anywhere from 85 to 250 calories, depending on the level and length of time you spend “working out.” Furthermore, cardiologists have said to consider sexual activity comparable to a modest workout on a treadmill.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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