Let's Talk About S.E.X.
Updated: Nov 29, 2019
How is your sex life? Ah there it is, the burning question. For some people its great, but for a lot more it’s not. Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about sex. As we know, people like to have sex. There’s a reason why sex is and will always be one of the most popular markets in the world. After all, it’s how you and I got here in the first place. It’s no secret that much of our behaviors and decisions are influenced by sexual desires. We can’t help it. It’s part of human nature and ingrained in our DNA. And although sex is considered taboo at times, the benefits of having healthy sex with an intimate partner cannot be understated.
Here are some benefits of sex you may not know you are missing out on if your sex life is not optimized, and what to do to fix it.
Sex Improves Libido and Mood
Funny enough, the best way to boost your sex drive is to, indeed, have more sex. As the old saying goes, “If you don’t use it, you lose it”. In many ways this is true. As you get older, your sex hormones testosterone and estrogen steadily decrease. Some of the consequences include decreased libido (do those erectile dysfunction commercials ring a bell?), reduced bone and muscle mass, decreased energy levels, and mood changes. Unfortunately, these are just a part of the natural aging process. However, healthy, regular sex is one of the best ways to slow this process down. As far as mood goes, who doesn’t feel amazing after having great sex?
Sex Lowers Blood Pressure and Improves Heart Health
Over 85 million people currently suffer from high blood pressure in the United States. If you’re one of them it could be due to a number of lifestyle factors such as poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, and excess alcohol. It could also be due to, you guessed it – lack of sex. Sex has been shown to lower systolic blood pressure (the top number). If your blood pressure is high, it needs to be addressed due to the increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and organ damage. Aim for a blood pressure under 120/80.
Sex Counts as Exercise
That’s right. Sex does in fact count as exercise. Not only does sex burn on average five calories per minute, you are using many different muscles, some of which you are probably not hitting at the gym- and definitely not hitting while watching TV on the couch. However, having regular sex is NOT a substitute for regular exercise such as weight training, aerobics, Pilates, etc. You should be doing other forms of exercise as well to best optimize your health.
Sex Will Improve Your Sleep
It’s not uncommon to nod off soon after climaxing in the bedroom. After orgasm, your body releases hormones prolactin and melatonin which may induce feelings of drowsiness and relaxation. And not only does sex improve sleep, but sleep also improves sex. In a study done by the The Journal of Sexual Medicine women reported a higher level of sexual desire, and increased vaginal lubrication with a good night of sleep. For men, if your little guy isn’t working, you may not be sleeping enough. And if you think you can function with poor sleep, think again. Lack of Sleep will wreak havoc on your hormonal health, affecting much more than just sex.
Sex Improves Brain Power
Brain Health is important and we believe that mental health and physical health are interconnected and not mutually exclusive. While regular exercise is obviously important, you need to keep your mind clear and sharp. Sexual activity correlates with increased levels of trust and love in ALL of your relationships. You are also less likely to feel depressed, lonely, stressed, and irritable. Sex will give your mind clarity, making it easier for you to make decisions. On top of all that, studies have shown that sexually active adults have better memory
Sex Boosts Immunity
Researchers discovered that people who had frequent sex (three to five times a week) had
more immunoglobulin A (IgA) in their saliva than people who had infrequent sex (one to two times a week). IgA is the antibody that plays a role in preventing illnesses and translates to a lower likelihood of getting a cold or the flu. Immunity boost drips and shots can help your immune system fight off a cold or flu, and even prevent them.
I know what you may be thinking.
These benefits all sound fantastic, but how can I alter my lifestyle to make sex easy and enjoyable for years to come? How can I increase my libido to want to have sex in the first place?
Start by optimizing your diet.
Here is what a healthy diet should include:
- Complex carbohydrates: whole grain oats, brown rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa
- Lean protein: Chicken, Turkey, Eggs, Lean beef, Fish
- Healthy fat sources: Extra virgin olive oil, avocados, nuts, Omega 3’s,
- Fresh fruits and veggies rich in micro-nutrients
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
As mentioned previously, you should be exercising regularly. Aerobic weight training, running/walking, swimming, Pilates, cycling, yoga, martial arts are all forms of exercise that will keep you feeling energized, young, and give you the stamina to partake in sexual activity. Combine this with 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.