Love, romance and sex can affect your life positively. Specifically, these three combos can improve your health and wellness according to recent research. Some scientific studies suggest that a loving relationship, physical touch, romance and sex can bring positive health outcomes including lowering of blood pressure. Having said that, please note, no relationship, sex or romance can guarantee health and happiness, but most definitely the three factors above mentioned can give you some health boosts.
So, what if I tell you that regular sex is good for your heart. Naturally, if you want to get healthy and have fun at the same time? Anything that exercises your heart is good for you, including sex. This works like your normal cardio activities like running on treadmill. During the act of sex, arousal sends the heart rate higher and the number of beats per minute reaches its peak during orgasm. The intensity of sexual activity can affect your heart rate, as with most exercise, it depends on how vigorously you do it. Some studies show that the average peak heart rate at orgasm is the same as during light exercise, such as walking upstairs.
That’s not enough to keep most people fit and healthy. Normally for adults, it is recommended that they should do at least 150 minutes (two and a half hours) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as cycling or fast walking, every week.So, conventionally unless you’re lucky enough to have 150 minutes of orgasms a week, you should try cycling, brisk walking or dancing. Also note, even if you have heart disease, it doesn’t have to hold you back in the bedroom. Experts advise that you can usually have sex as long as you can do the everyday activities that have the same impact on your heart without causing chest pain, such as walking up two flights of stairs. However, be guarded and know your limits.
Romance in the form of hug keeps tension away!
Study shows, embracing someone closely can lower blood pressure. In one experiment, couples who held each other’s hands for 10 minutes followed by a 20-second hug had healthier reactions to subsequent stress, such as public speaking. Compared with couples who rested quietly without touching, the huggers had:
- lower heart rate
- lower blood pressure
- smaller heart rate increases
So henceforth, be very guided, give your partner a hug – it may help to keep your pressure healthy. Also, similar effects have been found for non-sexual stroking, although this appears to only reduce blood pressure in women who are stroked, not men.
Furthermore, sex can be a stress buster! So, are you stressed lately or have high Workload? Are you bothered after the morning journey to work? Recent study shows that sex could help you beat the stresses of everyday living. This was according to a small study of 46 men and women.Though very small per the size of participants, the findings can give clues to benefits of sex. In this study, participants kept a diary of sexual activity, recording penetrative sex, non-penetrative sex and masturbation.
Subsequently, in stress tests, including public speaking and doing mental arithmetic out loud, the people who had no sex at all had the highest stress levels. Comparatively, people who only had penetrative sex had the smallest rise in blood pressure. This shows that they coped better with stress. Many people find that intimacy or orgasm without penetration helps them feel relaxed, as do exercise or meditation. It doesn’t have to be penetrative sex; it’s whatever works for you.
In another study, research found that weekly sex might help fend off illness. There’s seems to be a link between how often you have sex and how strong your immune system is. In a study in Pennsylvania, researchers found that students who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of an important illness-fighting substance in their bodies.
Immunoglobulin A (IgA) was 30% higher in those who had sex once or twice a week than in those who had no sex at all. However, the lowest levels were in people who had sex more than twice a week. Please note, don’t devise a sex calendar just yet if you cant. More research is needed before it can be proved that weekly sex helps your immune system. Another study found that stroking a dog resulted in raised IgA levels in students (resting quietly or stroking a stuffed dog didn’t).
In another study, they found that people who have sex feel healthier. It could be argued that people who feel healthier have more sex, but there seems to be a link between sexual activity and your sense of wellbeing. A study of 3,000 Americans aged 57 to 85 showed that those who were having sex rated their general health higher than those who weren’t. And it’s not just sex, it’s love too. People who were in a close relationship or married were more likely to say they felt in “very good” or “excellent” health than just “good” or “poor”. It seems that emotional and social support can boost our sense of wellbeing.
What if I tell you, that receiving loving support reduces risk of angina (heart pain) and ulcer?
A recent study showed that a happy marriage can help to fend off angina and stomach ulcers – at least, it can if you’re a man. One study of 10,000 men found that those who felt “loved and supported” by their spouse had a reduced risk of angina. This was the case even if they had other risk factors, such as being older or having raised blood pressure.
Similarly, a study of 8,000 men found there was more chance of them getting an ulcer if they:
- had family problems
- didn’t feel loved and supported by their wife
- didn’t retaliate when hurt by colleagues – in other words, they repressed their anger (researchers called this their “coping style”)
Researchers suggest that stress, lack of social support and coping style can all affect a man’s likelihood of developing an ulcer.
By Dr. Chudu Ufondu
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