Sharing an intimate relationship with your spouse enhances the emotional bond and closeness between the two of you. The emotions involved with the intimacy garners a connection with your spouse that strengthens your marriage. However did you know that there are actual health benefits associated with an active sex life?
Regularly having sex and orgasms increases the levels of the hormone Oxytocin in your body. Oxytocin has been referred to as the “love hormone” due to the higher levels of intimacy between sexually active married couples. Oxytocin is also a naturally occurring hormone that relieves pain and promotes sleep. As the Oxytocin levels in your body rise, its ability to relieve pain also increases. So guys, the next time your wife says “not now honey I have a headache”, you actually can make her feel better.
Other benefits of sex most couples don’t know are that a healthy sex life lowers blood pressure and helps relieve stress. Sex also burns 5 calories per minute. By doing the math, making love with your spouse for 30 minutes will burn 150 calories.
Sex with your spouse will also boost your immune system. Wilkes University in Pennsylvania scientists conducted a study of college students. They found that the students who regularly had sex one to two times a week had higher levels of the antibody Immunoglobulin A in their body. Immunoglobulin A has been linked to higher levels of protection against colds and other infections.
Having a regular sex life with your spouse has health benefits in addition to the feelings of love and contentment. Basing a marriage on sex alone will not ensure longevity. However, if your marriage is already loving and stable, then having a healthy sex life will make staying together long term easier to achieve.
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