Sexuality is part of the life of all women. All our bodies have the potential to feel physical emotion, excitement, and pleasure. Sexuality may not be the first thing you think when you tend to your health, but it is a great natural source of energy; more powerful and lasting than any bar of protein or milkshake.
Some women choose not to be sexually active, but most women explore their sexual desires in some way, at some point in their lives. Having the freedom to choose how to express themselves, sexually or otherwise, is an important part of a woman’s sexual health.
Sexual health also means understanding your body and how it works. Women who understand their bodies can make better decisions about the sexual activities they enjoy, and they can also choose to get pregnant or to avoid it. Having knowledge about sexually transmitted infections can help women protect themselves and their partners from such disease.
For women, body understanding is an important part of sexual health, but sexual health also implies being comfortable with yourself and with your sexual desires. It means having healthy relationships with others. Sexual health can also mean learning to identify and stop violent or abusive relationships and learn to cope with the later effects of these relationships.
Health Benefits of Sex
Of course, sex is healthy, and a good sex life can provide specific health benefits.
It May Make You Thinner
Remember that sex counts as exercise. Sex burns between 75 and 150 calories per half-hour, and it’s comparable to other physical activities like yoga (114 calories per half-hour), dancing (129 calories per half-hour) or walking (153 calories per half-hour).
Sex may also help your muscles stay lean in the process. Sexual arousal and orgasm also release the hormone testosterone, which, among other things, is necessary to build and maintain bone and lean muscle tissue in the body.
It May Improves Your Heart Health
Heart disease is the number-one killer of women and eating a healthy diet, and keeping your cholesterol low are great ways to stay on top of heart health; so is having sex.
Sex is an exercise that raises heart rate and blood flow. In a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, researchers found that having sex twice or more a week reduced the risk of fatal heart attack by half. Even though the study results were focused on men, a similar effect for women is suspected.
It Can Help You Get a Better Night’s Sleep
When natural ingredients like chamomile tea and other remedies aren’t doing the job, sex may help you get a better night sleep. This is especially true if you’re having trouble sleeping due to anxiety or stress.
Couples who engage in frequent sex often report that they handle stress better, and the profound relaxation that typically follows orgasm for women and ejaculation or orgasm for men may be one of the few times people actually allow themselves to completely relax.
Many indicate that they sleep more deeply and restfully after satisfying sex.
Sex Can Boost Your Immune System
Surprisingly, there may be something you can do in the bedroom to keep your immune system strong, as a study by researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, showed that individuals who have sex once or twice a week show a 30% higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A. this antibody is known to boost the immune system.
It Can Improve Your Mental Health
The quickest way to boost your mood; fight depression and beat anxiety is simple sex (in a loving, committed relationship). Psychologically, sex improves one’s mental health by building intimacy and reducing stress. The stress reduction component lowers a person’s cortisol level, and reducing the chances of increased blood pressure, hyperglycemia and increased acidity in the abdomen.
Sex Can Help Relieve Pain
Experts believe there’s a real correlation between sex and pain management. Through sexual arousal and orgasm, the hormone oxytocin is secreted in your body, which in turn causes the release of endorphins. Because of these natural opiates, sex acts as a powerful pain reliever.
It Can Help You with Bladder Control
Sex can help you minimize incontinence. Sex therapists have long recommended that women do Kegel exercises (flexing the muscles in your pelvic floor). Not only can the kegel exercises help increase pleasure, they also strengthen the muscles associated with incontinence.
You can do Kegels anywhere; gently flex and tighten your pelvic floor muscles in the same way you would stop the flow of urine. Hold for three seconds, then release; that’s it.
Sex May Give You Healthier Skin
Having sex releases a key compound in the body that is good for all kinds of things, including improving your complexion. During sex, your body produces a hormone called dehydroepiandrosterone, DHEA, which can boost the immune system, give you healthier skin and even decrease depression.
Foods to Get In the Mood
Since good nutrition feeds into healthy sexuality, try eating more unprocessed whole grains, like brown rice, oats, barley, bulgur, kasha, etc…
These foods are often ignored but contain B vitamins and minerals. They are also high in fiber, which means you digest them slowly and feel satisfied for a long time.
You can try the following:
- Have oatmeal for breakfast, which you can top up with dried cranberries or raisins and a handful of nuts to make it tastier.
- Add barley or brown rice to soups, and instead of white rice or potatoes, try cooking up bulgur or couscous.
- When baking, use whole wheat flour for at least half the flour amount.
- You can even munch on some It’s an aphrodisiac, and has antioxidants. But then, how do we avoid consuming too much of it? Choose recipes with cocoa powder instead of bars or chips, and try chocolate-covered raisins or coffee beans instead of Kisses or M&M’s.
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