6 Health Benefits of Kissing
11/14/2012 9:34:00 AM
6 Health Benefits of Kissing
Look at all the wonderful things that can come from a kiss! Pucker up! :)
Benefit #1: Your pearly whites stay cleaner--Kissing can break down oral plaque and prevent cavities by stimulating the creation of saliva that helps wash bacteria away from the tooth’s surface. Kissing is like "nature’s cleansing process". The minerals in saliva also help rebuild tooth enamel and prevent decay. So not only does kissing give you cleaner teeth, but you could actually end up saving money on your dental bills, too.
Benefit #2: Keep a younger-looking face as you age--Ever notice how happy, loving couples still have an air of youth even as they grow older? The answer could be down to frequent kissing. Kissing can actually give you a "facelift". We use over 30 facial muscles while kissing, which helps to keep muscles smooth and tight and prevents your cheeks from sagging. Working out your facial muscles can help tone and tighten them and minimize the visible signs of aging.
Benefit #3: A revved-up metabolism--Kissing can also help you lose inches from your waistline, too. As you lean in for the kiss, you might feel like your heart’s racing. It’s not just your imagination; it is beating faster. As the heart beats faster, it releases adrenaline and other neurotransmitters in the blood. The boost in adrenaline increases your metabolism and helps burn extra calories. During a really passionate kiss, you can burn anywhere from two to five calories per minute, which is double your normal resting rate.
Benefit #4: Your immune system gets a healthy boost--Just like working out, kissing can boost your immunity. Swapping spit means swapping germs and that is nature’s natural form of vaccination. Being exposed to others’ germs causes your body to make antibodies against those germs. That leads to immunity and prevents illness. This is true as long as you’re not kissing anyone with any diseases or cold sores in his or her mouth.
Benefit #5: Improved mood and decreased stress levels overall--Ever notice how you feel after a good make-out session? It’s like you’re floating on cloud nine. That’s because kissing releases nature’s antidepressant, oxytocin. But kissing doesn’t just increase the production of feel-good chemicals in our bodies. It also lowers our cortisol and cholesterol levels, too. A study showed that an increased frequency of kissing lowers stress and cholesterol levels. Stress is a well-known risk factor for heart disease.
Benefit #6: A natural source of pain relief--Kissing provides a natural form of pain relief. Before reaching for an aspirin the next time you’ve got a headache, get a big smooch instead. Kissing releases natural chemicals in the body called endorphins, which can be more powerful than morphine to relieve pain.