Love, sex and intimacy. One look at those words and most people think that they have got it all. Well, did you know that a recent research concluded that 97% of couples desire a more intimate relationship with their partner? A good intimate relationship will not only make you and your partner feel better emotionally, but it will also give you some real health benefits. Here are some of them that have been proved by multiple studies.
Research has reported that sexual intimacy relieves chronic pain, sometimes even better than some painkillers. Sexual activity increases levels of corticosteroids and endorphins that raise pain threshold. Pains that people get from migraines, arthritis, and periods are well managed by these chemicals.
Sex is a physical activity that helps reduce cortisol, the stress hormone. Cortisol causes anxiety, contributes to depression, and may even lead to gaining belly fat. The bond created during sexual intimacy, on the other hand, promotes greater relaxation and makes you more resistant to stress.
Intimacy results in increased blood flow to the brain and almost all the organs of the body. The deep breathing and an increased heart rate lead to better circulation. Good circulation helps saturate muscles and organs with oxygen and nutrients and removes waste products.
During sexual activity, the lymphatic system is flushed. A lot of hormones are naturally released in the body during intimacy; they have the ability to boost the immune system and have positive effects on your health in general. A study has also shown that sex causes the growth of new brain cells, which improves memory and other cognitive processes.
Experts say that sex effectively burns calories. Some people even look upon sex as some kind of physical exercise - very pleasant one, though. Additionally, surveys reveal that people with a thriving sex life tend to exercise more regularly and have better eating habits. Besides, there is evidence that regular sex can help normalize body metabolism, which will allow turning excess calories you might consume not into fat but into energy.
Testosterone does not only increase libido – both in men and women – but it also strengthens bones and muscles. In addition to that, studies have shown that testosterone reduces the risk of heart disease. In case of a heart attack, testosterone minimizes harm to the coronary muscles. The hormone also helps prevent aggressive prostate cancer in men and endometriosis in women.