3 Reasons Why Sex Will Boost Your Immunity This Winter
by Juliet Allen in 1. (H)EALTH
Winter is coming, and with it we often see a rise in the common cold and flu. Whilst lying in bed sniffling and sneezing, it’s likely that your desire for sex will be at an all-time low and there’s nothing worse than feeling ‘un-sexy’. Believe it or not, engaging in more sex at this time of the year will in fact boost your immunity and overall health and wellbeing. So with this in mind, here are 3 reasons why sex will give your health and happiness a boost in the coming months:
1. During Sex The Body Releases Oxytocin
Oxytocin is nicknamed the ‘love hormone’ and is a feel-good hormone that is released during physical contact and therefore encourages human bonding. During intimacy, sex and orgasm, the oxytocin hormone levels in the body increase, thus giving us the famous ‘post-sex glow’. Oxytocin is also responsible for the sleepy feeling we experience after sex, which gives us a better night’s sleep and supports our immune system to function at its best.
2. Regular Sex Increases Immunoglobulin A
People who have regular sex (once or twice a week) will have significantly higher levels of Immunoglobulin A (IgA). IgA proteins acts as an antibody, fighting off invading organisms at their entry points and allowing the immune system to destroy them. High levels of IgA can prevent sickness and lead to greater health and wellbeing.
3. The More Sex You Have, The More You Want
The fact is: the more sex you have, the more you want! When you feel happy and have healthy self-esteem, your desire to engage in intimacy and sex is higher. Sometimes it’s easier said than done, and life seems to get in the way. But if you prioritise your sex life and engage in regular sex, then it’s highly likely that you will keep wanting sex, which will in turn boost your immunity and overall health and wellbeing.