10 Secret Health Benefits of Smooching Almost No One Knows
By Jenna Barrington
I love it when my favorite pastimes are proven to be highly beneficial.
Kissing has long been a means of showing affection, boosting confidence, connecting with a loved one and igniting your inner fire.
Most people love kissing… especially when they are kissing the right person! But did you know that there is actually a long list of health benefits that comes along with a good kiss?
As if the happy hormone rush wasn’t enough to keep us locking lips…
Here are 10 benefits of kissing you probably didn’t know about:
#1 Pain Relief
The hormones released during kissing act as natural pain relievers. Endorphins, one of these hormones, is said to be more powerful than any analgesic. Kissing also dilates the blood vessels, increasing blood flow and potentially soothing migraines and headaches.
#2 Lowers Blood Pressure
According to Dr. Mercola, kissing actually helps your blood vessels to dilate (open up) and may have a beneficial effect on blood pressure.
#3 Boosts Heart Health
In a study done by the University of Paisley, researchers found that men who kissed and made love regularly (at least twice a week) were 45% less likely to develop heart disease in their lifetime.
#4 Boosts Immune System
Some scientists believe that kissing evolved as a way to pass germs so that overall cultural immunity was boosted.
Studies show that kissing boosts activity of the immune system and may help to protect against specific viruses like the cytomegalovirus.
However, according to Dr. Hendrie of the University of Leeds, you receive the most immune-boosting benefits when you stick with the same kissing partner for at least 6 months or more.
#5 Improves Oral Health
Kissing naturally causes an increase in saliva production. There are enzymes in your saliva that fight cavity and plaque-causing bacteria.
#6 Reduces Stress
A study at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine involving 2,000 couples found that those who kiss spontaneously throughout the day are less likely to suffer from stress and depression. This is due to the stress-relieving endorphins that are released during an enjoyable kiss.
#7 Relieves Symptoms Of PMS
The natural pain-relieving endorphins released during a good kiss may also benefit those suffering from severe symptoms of PMS. Kissing helps to release tension in the down-under and increase blood flow – which may help to sooth discomfort during your “shark week.”
#8 Improves Mood
Your lips contain a ton of sensory neurons when compared to other surfaces in your body. These are stimulated by kissing and trigger a release of various happy hormones like oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine. It also triggers sebum, an oil believed to play a role in bonding.
#9 Strengthens Facial Muscles
There are 43 muscles in your face, 34 of which are used during kissing. A vigorous kissing session can help to strengthen and tone these muscles in your face and also your neck!
#10 Burn Calories
Although kissing won’t replace your weight-training session, a passionate kiss has potential to burn around 16 calories!
Ready to go wrap your arms around your lover’s neck and give them a good kiss?
Jenna Barrington is studying Therapeutic Nutrition and Holistic Medicine and aspires to be a practitioner, teacher and writer. She is passionate about education and helping others take control of their health.
Jenna lives with her husband in Utah and loves writing, cooking, green smoothies, training her dog, Japanese, spending time at the ocean, bungee jumping, walking barefoot in the grass and being with her family.
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