8 Reasons Why Kissing Is Good For Your Health

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8 Reasons Why Kissing Is Good For Your Health

What’s in a kiss?  When we lock lips with another, there’s more to it than just romance or lust.

Kissing has been linked with passion, love, affection and connection. Its role in bonding is obvious but it also plays a big role in our overall health, science says.

Kissing targets a psychological process to boosts your immune system and improve your connections with your partner.

Here are the 8 reasons why kissing is good for your health:

1. Fights Cavities

When you kiss, saliva production increases in your mouth, and this helps wash bacteria off the teeth and reduce plaque buildup.

2. Relieves Cramps and Headaches

The blood-vessel-dilation effect helps to relieve pain, particularly from headache or menstrual cramps.

3. Reduces blood pressure

When you kiss your blood vessels dilate which help lower your blood pressure.

4. Release Your Happy Hormones & reduces anxiety

Kissing prompts your brain to release a happy, feel-good chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. This isn’t only important for your happiness, it also may also help to strengthen your relationship.

In addition, kissing also decrease the stress hormone cortisol which in turn reduces feelings of  anxiety.

5. Burn Calories

A passionate kiss that lasts for at least 20 seconds can burn 2-3 calories per minute.

6. Tone Your Facial Muscles

A good kissing session helps you shape up your neck and jawline by working out a number of facial muscles. Blood flow increases to your face and it’ll keep you looking younger as your facial muscles are toned.

7. Gauge compatibility & increase your sex drive

A kiss can be a powerful measure of your attraction to a person you started dating.  Kissing, in many ways says everything about your compatibility with your mate and the health of your relationship.

Kissing increases arousal and subsequently increases your sex drive.

8. Boosts your immune system

Exchanging saliva increases can introduce the body to new bacteria. Studies have shown that a diverse amount of bacteria in our bodies correlates with better health. This is especially true with couples who kiss for more and for longer periods, as a single kiss isn’t enough to change a person’s microbiota.

Here’s a good video on why we kiss by It’s Okay To Be Smart entitled ‘The Science of Kissing’

Now that you know this fact about kissing, grab your partner and give them a kiss. Kissing can provide for a longer, healthier and more enjoyable life.

Christina Miller

I love to write, to learn new things, read and travel. I like to write about anything that I’m passionate about and in the process learning a lot about myself. In my spare time, I love to watch a good movie, read a good book or go for a long walk.

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