Today, a Valentine's Day special :)! Ever wondered if kissing has any health benefits? Well...yes! I always thought kissing was good for your health, because it feels good and makes you feel happy of course, but there's actually more to it! It's really not that romantic to think about, but it seems plausible that kissing would have an underlying biological function. Today I wanted to share a list by Hungry for Change, explaining some health benefits of kissing.
Happy Valentine's Day to everyone, enjoy and hopefully you'll receive many many kisses! And keep in mind; a kiss a day really can keep the doctor away!
1. Reduce Your Blood Pressure
Kissing helps to dilate your blood vessels, which may help lower your blood pressure.
2. Relieve Cramps & Headaches
The blood-vessel-dilation effect described above also helps to relieve pain, particularly from headache or menstrual cramps.
3. Fight Cavities
When you kiss, saliva production increases in your mouth, and this helps to wash away plaque on your teeth that may lead to cavities. That said, cavity-causing bacteria can also be transmitted via a kiss, especially if the person you’re kissing has poor oral habits. It’s even been shown that cavity-causing bacteria can spread from a mother’s kiss to her baby.
4. Release Your Happy Hormones
Kissing prompts your brain to release a happy elixir of feel-good chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. This isn’t only important for your happiness; it may also help to strengthen your relationship. Interestingly, kissing activates the same areas in your brain linked to reward and addiction. Your lips are also densely packed with sensory neurons, which are stimulated by the touch of another’s lips. This prompts the release of sebum, which is thought to play a role in bonding.
5. Burn Calories
It’s not going to replace your workout session… but a vigorous kiss may burn 8-16 calories. Not too shabby for a kiss.
6. Boost Your Self-Esteem
One study found that men who received a passionate kiss before they left for work earned more money. This suggests the kiss (and perhaps the happy home-life it suggests) makes people happier, boosts self-esteem and, ultimately, more productive at work.
7. Tone Your Facial Muscles
A vigorous kiss helps you shape up your neck and jawline by working out a number of facial muscles.
8. Check Out Your Partner’s Compatibility
A kiss can be a powerful measure of your initial attraction to a person, so much so that the majority of men and women surveyed reporting that a first kiss could be a turn-off. Women, in particular, place more importance on kissing as a “mate-assessment device” and as a means of “initiating, maintaining, and monitoring the current status of their relationship with a long-term partner.”
List Source: Hungry for Change, Image Source: Google