10 Amazing health benefits of kissing
“Kiss me and you will see how important I am.”
– Sylvia Plath
Everyone remembers their first kiss. Mine was in the rain with a boy I’d had a crush on for ages, and had been crushing on me for ages. But because we had waited so long to admit our feelings for one another, the summer had passed into winter and we ended up locking lips on a dark, cold, wet night!
Kissing does indeed make you feel great. It makes you feel loved, excited and super happy – all at the same time. With such a range of emotions coursing through you, it’s easy to see why kissing is addictive.
But as well as puckering up to someone because you fancy the socks of them, you might also be interested to know that you should kiss more often for the sake of your health. Yup, as it turns out, kissing has numerous health benefits. According to Psychology Today:
“Mucous membranes inside the mouth are permeable to hormones such as testosterone. Through open-mouth kissing, men introduced testosterone into a woman’s mouth,’ which ‘is absorbed through the mucous membranes… and increases arousal and the likelihood that she will engage in reproductive behaviour.”
If your interest is piqued, here are 10 health benefits of kissing:
Kissing Can Kill Off Pain
Who likes pain? Nobody!
Who loves kissing? Everybody!
So, isn’t it amazing that kissing can actually kill pain?! Yes, because that’s how amazing kissing is.
When you lock lips with someone, your body produces more adrenaline, which in turn eases your pain.
Kissing should not, however, be used as an alternative medicine.
Kissing Burns Calories
Another one of fantastic health benefits of kissing is that it can help burn calories. Kissing is never going to burn as many calories as a morning run, but it does have the potential to eliminate 6 calories on one (extended) kiss.
So whenever you’ve had a bit too much food and drink at Christmas, whip the mistletoe out for a smooch!
Kissing Boosts Your Enhances Immune System
Your immune system is vitally important for your health. A poorly functioning immune system makes it harder for you to combat viruses and disease, and can leave you feeling pretty rough and fatigued. It also makes you super susceptible to infection.
One of fabulous health benefits of kissing is that kissing happily strengthens your immune system because by transmitting saliva from one mouth to another, you’re giving your body a better chance of fighting off germs.
Kissing Unleashes Your Happy Hormones
When you kiss, your brain releases a wealth of chemicals that make you feel amazing, including dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin. This is good news for your happiness and overall wellbeing, and it also tightens the bonds of your relationship.
According to MSN:
“’This [oxytocin] is the hormone of love, and the better the oxytocin levels, the more capacity for love,’ explains psychotherapist Arthur Janov, Ph.D., author of ‘The Biology of Love’ and the director of the Primal Center in Santa Monica, Calif. ‘We have found that those who cannot commit in a love relationship are low in oxytocin.’”
Kissing also triggers the same regions in your brain that scientists have connected to addiction and reward. According to research:
“Kissing may have evolved as a way to stimulate brain systems associated with sex drive, romantic love, and attachment so that humans are triggered to seek a variety of potential mates, then focus attention on one for mating, and finally be able to tolerate that mate long enough to raise a child as a team.”
Kissing Improves The Shape Of Your Face
When you put weight on, the first place it always goes is your face. Not cool!
Although there are numerous facial exercises you can carry out to improve the shape of your face, kissing is easily the most fun of them all.
Studies have demonstrated that puckering up vigorously works your jawline and neck muscles so much that your face becomes more toned over time.
And the best thing? Kissing doesn’t leave you feeling exhausted like a regular gym session!
Kissing Prevents Cavities
Cavities aren’t cool. Not only do they give us toothache, but they can also ruin our kissing enjoyment.
After all, who wants to kiss someone with a mouthful of cavities?! Not me.
One of great health benefits of kissing is that it can actually stop cavities from occurring in the first place. Although kissing transmits germs from your mouth to your loved one’s mouth, it also transmits vital saliva that can eliminate bacteria.
A Kiss Promotes Togetherness
Couples who stay together are those who are intimately close. And nothing improves intimacy in quite the same way as kissing.
Kissing Can Boost Your Self Esteem
Before I finally got my first kiss, I was pretty down in the dumps. I was certain that no guy found me attractive, and that I’d be left on the shelf forever. But as soon as I got my first kiss, I felt on top of the world. My self-esteem rocketed!
Kissing does this – it makes you confident and comfortable in your own skin. Someone wants you, desires you, and this is an incredibly powerful thing.
Kissing Can Lower Stress
One of fantastic health benefits of kissing is that it can lower stress levels. As well as being good for your physical health, kissing is also beneficial for your mental health. And one way in which it can help is by lowering anxiety.
In 2016, many of us are more stressed than ever. Research has shown that there is a super sexy antidote, and it comes in the form of smooching with your partner.
Kissing releases more oxytocin in your body, a feel-good chemical that relaxes you and eases symptoms of stress.
Kissing Can Slow Down The Ageing Process
Nobody wants to look older – and kissing can make sure you stay looking young and healthy for as long as possible.
When you kiss, you burn calories, and the more calories you burn, the younger you look.
Likewise, when your immune system is healthier, your body is able to repair and renew cells – including skin cells – that keep you looking young and glowing.
Do you know other health benefits of kissing?