Healthy Benefits of Sex in Marriage

We are constantly hearing that we need to eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep,  but what kind of benefits do we reap by getting intimate with our spouse?  Yes, sex in a marriage improves your health!  I have felt the benefits of love-making with my spouse throughout my marriage including some of the benefits Woman’s Day shares in “8 Surprising Health Benefits of Sex”:

  1. It May Make You Thinner
  • Sex burns between 75 and 150 calories per hour
  • It counts as exercise and is equivalent to yoga, dancing, or walking for 30 minutes
  1. It May Improve Your Heart Health
  • Researchers found that having sex twice or more a week reduced the risk of fatal heart attack by half
  • It raises heart rate and blood flow
  1. It Can Help You Get a Better Night’s Sleep
  • People who have frequent sex often report handling stress better
  • Many say they sleep more deeply and restfully after satisfying lovemaking
  1. It Can Boost Your Immune System
  • Researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania found that individuals who have sex once or twice a week show 30 percent higher immunoglobulin A, which is known to boost the immune system
  • During cold and flu season wash your hands and make a bedroom date with your spouse—often!

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  1. It Can Improve Your Mental Health
  • Psychologically, sex improves one’s mental health by building intimacy and reducing stress
  • Sex reduces cortisol which lowers the chances of increased blood pressure, hyperglycemia and increased acidity in the abdomen
  1. It Can Help Relieve Pain
  • Sexual arousal and orgasm allows oxytocin to be secreted into the body which releases pain relieving endorphins
  • The next time you have a headache…sex may be the remedy you are looking for
  1. It Can Help You with Bladder Control
  • Doing Kegel exercises during sex helps strengthen the muscle associated with incontinence
  1. It May Give You Healthier Skin
  • During sex, your body produces a hormone called DHEA which can boost the immune system and give you healthier skin and decrease depression
  • Throw away that expensive face cream and increase intimacy with your spouse instead

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Making intimacy a priority in your marriage not only has health benefits but it brings you closer together in mind, body and spirit.  If you find yourself having difficulty sleeping at night or tend to get stressed easily, don’t take a Tylenol P.M., turn to your spouse for a remedy that only he or she can give you and have fun in the process!

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What’s Your Love Language? – Physical Touch (Part 6)

Welcome back! If you missed any of the posts in this series go back and check them out. We started with identifying our primary Love Language then we moved onto exploring the Love Languages; Acts of Service, Quality Time, Words of Affirmation, and Receiving Gift. This week we are exploring the last Love Language: Physical Touch.

It’s common knowledge that physical touch is an expression of love. Most of us will instinctively reach out to touch or hug someone who is upset. Research has shown that babies need to have physical touch to develop into healthy adults. When we are falling in love with someone we hold their hands, kiss them, and hug them.

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What is Your Love Language? (Part 1)

The concept of a Love Language has become commonplace thanks to the book “The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts” written by Gary D. Chapman in 1995. This book has remained on the New York Times Best Seller list since 2009 and has sold almost 7 million copies to date, so there must be something to it!

Chapman says that there are 5 Love Languages that we use to express and interpret love:

Acts of Service: Things you do to ease the responsibilities and burdens of your significant other.

Quality Time: Being there for your significant other with your full-undivided attention.

Gifts: Gifts and gestures show that you are known, loved and cared for. These individuals thrive on the love, thoughtfulness and effort behind gifts.

Physical Touch: Physical presence and accessibility are important. They love to receive hugs, pats on the back, hold hands and just be near their significant other.

Words of Affirmation: Saying “I love you” is important to your significant other but sharing the reason behind why you love them is most important.

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