A healthy love life can actually benefit your health in a number of ways, from increasing the levels of feel-good hormones such as oxytocin and endorphins to boosting your heart health.
New Delhi: Having a healthy sex life means there is a higher chance of enjoying good health, as per studies. Turns out, a healthy love life can actually benefit your health in a number of ways, from increasing the levels of feel-good hormones such as oxytocin and endorphins to boosting your heart health. Many studies have examined oxytocin, which plays a vital role in relationship bonding, whether higher levels of the hormone influence sexual behaviour. In fact, scientists have also linked feel-good hormones to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
Now, a new study suggests that couples who take a painting class together or play board games produce more oxytocin, which is also associated with increasing feelings of trust and generosity. The study, published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, showed that men wielding paintbrushes released twice as much or more oxytocin as the level of women painters and couples playing games.
Benefits of a healthy sex life
Oxytocin: Oxytocin is a neurotransmitter and a hormone that is released from the pituitary gland during sexual activity and other intimate gestures like hugging or holding hands, childbirth, breastfeeding, etc. It’s believed to have a role in erection and orgasm, although the reason for this is not well understood. Earlier, a study from Germany suggested that oxytocin may make people’s orgasms more intense.
Another study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the hormone appears to boost men’s attraction to their mate – even when presented with pictures of other women. Oxytoxin has been found to have physical and psychological effects, including influencing social behavior and emotion.
Endorphins: Having a robust sex life stimulates the release of endorphins, which lowers stress and helps you stay in shape. These chemicals called endorphins are naturally released from the brain and nervous system when you exercise, have sex, etc. Research also found that eating chocolate and spicy foods could boost endorphin levels. Endorphins act as a pain reliever and happiness booster.
The bottom line is that having a healthy sex life can help improve your overall health and well-being. It will also boost your feel-good hormones such as endorphins and oxytocin essential for a healthier, fitter life.