7 health benefits of kissing

the benefits of kissing

A kiss is more than just a kiss… Here are a few good reasons why it’s good to indulge in passionate French kissing as often as you can!

If you’ve ever shared a delicious kiss with a partner, you’ll know that it’s an expression of love that can say much more than words. But smooching goes beyond just being a romantic gesture; it’s also really good for you.

1. Kissing is good for your heart
Making out is a boon to your heart. Because of the adrenaline rush it gives you, it gets your heart pumping and dilates your blood vessels. Once your blood vessels are dilated, more blood can flow through your body and get to all your vital organs, gradually lowering your blood pressure.

There’s also some evidence to suggest that engaging in frequent romantic kissing can lower levels of unhealthy LDL cholesterol in your blood. This, in turn, promotes good cardiovascular health.

2. Kissing protects your teeth
Brushing and flossing is one way of making sure you have healthy teeth and gums, but did you know that kissing can also improve oral health?

During a kiss, the saliva production in your mouth increases, which helps to wash away the plaque on your teeth that can lead to cavities.

3. Kissing strengthens your immune system
About 80 million bacteria are transferred during a 10-second kiss. As dodgy as it sounds, this bacterial transfer can actually be good for you.

Bacteria play an important role in shaping your immune system and keeping it strong. These micro-organisms also help to regulate certain body processes, including digestion. Kissing just happens to be an enjoyable way of transferring some of these bacteria.

Worried that some of the germs in your partner’s kiss could be harmful? Fortunately, there are antibodies present in your saliva that help fight off disease-causing bacteria. The stronger your immune system, the better protected you are from these germs. That said, it’s best to avoid kissing if the object of your affection is sick.

4. Kissing burns calories
Believe it or not, kissing can help you lose weight. Depending on how intense the kiss is, you can burn two to three calories per minute. What’s more, lip locking has also been shown to boost your metabolism.

You’d have to kiss quite often – and for extended periods of time – to see significant results, but it sure makes for a fun way to stay slim and trim.

5. It tightens and tones your facial muscles
Deep kissing requires the flexing of over thirty facial muscles. This not only reduces muscle tension, but tightens and tones the neck and jaw line, slowing down the facial ageing process.
If you’re concerned about developing saggy chicken skin as you hit your 40s and 50s, a daily dose of “lip service” may be just what the doctor ordered.

6. Kissing improves your mood
Long day at the office? Kissing stimulates the release of feel-good chemicals in your brain, leaving you feeling happy, calm and revitalised. These chemicals include dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin, which are similar to those found in certain recreational drugs. Their effect is much the same – only kissing is a much safer way to unwind.

7. Kissing boosts your self-esteem
Being kissed and being intimate with that someone special can do wonders for your self-esteem. It makes you feel loved, appreciated and good about yourself. At the same time, kissing can increase your confidence. Not convinced? A German study found that men who were kissed by their wives before leaving for work made more money!

References:

– Devereux, E. 2005. Love & Romance: Facts, Figures & Fun. AAPPL.

– Kort, R., Caspers, M., van de Graaf, A., van Egmond, W., Keijser, B., & Roeselers, G. (2014). Shaping the oral microbiota through intimate kissing. Microbiome, 2, 41.

– Singer, M., & Baer, H. (2011). Introducing medical anthropology: a discipline in action. Rowman Altamira.


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