They Kiss Every Day, But Never Knew How It Affected Their Body. I Had No Idea.
Rachel Sebastian 5/3/2016
Whether you're married, dating or single, we can all agree that the simple act of kissing is kind of like pressing the pause button - time stops and you're in the moment.
Apart from being completely romantic, did you know there's health benefits attached to kissing? That's right, locking lips with your love also equals the added bonus of doing something good for your body. Read on to discover how you're benefiting your health, without even knowing it.
Burn Baby, Burn
Kissing your partner can burn around 2 to 6 calories per minute! That can really add up, especially if you keep the kissing going. If you have a make out session that lasts for an hour, you can burn the equivalent of a half glass of wine or a few squares of dark chocolate - the perfect snack for smooching, anyways!
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Kiss For A Longer Life
Studies have shown men who give their wives a kiss before they leave for work in the morning live five years longer than those who don't kiss. Who would have thought that kissing can give you more years in your life, as well as more life in your years.
Kissing Helps You Stay Healthy
Listen up, ladies! This one's for you. In a study published in the Medical Hypotheses Journal, women who kissed were more likely to fight off viruses, namely a virus known as cytomegalovirus. If the virus is contracted while pregnant, it can cause birth defects and blindness to the baby.
It'll Calm You Down
In our busy lives, stress is a normal occurrence for most of us. Coming home after a busy, long day to kissing your partner can do you a world of good. Kissing releases the calming hormone oxytocin, which in turn relaxes your whole body. It also gives your body a feel-good feeling via added endorphins and well as releasing the dopamine for an added romantic mood.
You Can Say Goodbye To Allergies
This is a real benefit, especially in the spring! Smooching lowers your body's level of IgE antibodies, which are the antibodies in your blood that give off histamine. You can credit the histamine for your allergy symptoms. Be sure to get in a few kisses to possibly cure your allergies!
It Protects Against Cavities
This is an added bonus, but only if you swap saliva with your kissing partner. As more saliva passes through your mouth via kissing, the more harmful, cavity-causing bacteria is washed away. Saliva can also wipe away the same bacteria that leads to plaque build-up and tooth decay.
Your Heart Will Thank You
Not only can kissing put your heart on cloud 9, it can also work wonders for your heart health. The chance for high blood pressure and cholesterol decrease the more we kiss, as the act of kissing calms us down and releases tension.
Substitute Kissing For Pain Medicine
As it turns out, kissing can be more effective in treating pain than narcotics! After a long day, make sure to get in a kiss to ease your muscle or joint pain. The endorphins that are released by kissing are the main ingredient in making you feel better.
Goodbye To Headaches And Cramps
This fact about kissing is especially relevant (and helpful!) during a woman's menstrual cycle. Laying one on your partner will help increase blood vessel dilation, which eases menstrual-related pain. See ya, cramps and headaches!
Smooching Keeps A Toned Face
Let us explain this one: while you're kissing, you're using 30 different facial muscles which when exercised, can keep your face looking its best. As we age, the skin on our face can begin to sag, but utilizing these muscles can prevent against saggy cheeks and double chins.
Kiss Your Heart Out
With all these great reasons to smooch your partner, what's holding you back? Even if it's just a kiss on the cheek, you can't deny the awesome health benefits of kissing. So pucker up and get your smooch on, you'll be glad you did!