‘Kissing’- A gesture that is used to express passion and love among loved ones. And kissing comes with some amazing health benefits too! Kissing is considered be a booster of mood, releaser of essential hormones and one of the best means to achieve a healthy and happy life.
Kissing is not just a form of foreplay
There is no doubt that kissing is perhaps the most exciting foreplay and it has the potential to make the sexual intimacy between the two people irresistible. However, kissing is much more than just a form of foreplay. It is a means to express your affection to your mother, your children, your friends, etc. So associating kissing with the fulfilment of desires by sexual partners is not a good way to describe this ultimate gesture of affection and love.
Kissing allows one to check his/her compatibility with the partner. It helps build chemistry between two people. According to a study, tilting the head to the right is the style of kissing followed by around two-thirds of the people in the world. 1. In some countries like Saudi Arabia, kissing is absolutely banned and considered to be impure. It is also interesting to note that a person kisses for only two weeks in his/her entire lifetime. 2. Around 10% of the world population displays other forms of affection, like nibbling, licking, etc., instead of kissing 3.
Along with that, kissing your loved ones brings with it a host of health benefits which help boost the physical, mental and emotional well being of the people. Just like sex has health benefits for both men and women, kissing is not behind! The most economical and easy way to bring positivity and happiness in your life is by kissing your loved ones and reminding them of the important place they have in your life.
12 Amazing benefits of kissing
It is time to move beyond the idea that people kiss each other just for fun and pleasure. Kissing has amazing health benefits which one cannot ignore. Here is a quick look at the 12 health benefits of kissing your loved ones.
1. Kiss to get rid of those extra calories
No need to hit the gym to reduce weight and to look fit. Just spend even a minute kissing your loved one and you are bound to lose 6 calories 4. Imagine the amount of calories a vigorous kissing session with your partner will help you reduce. Kissing increases the metabolism of your body, due to which burning of extra calories takes place very conveniently with less effort.
2. Say bye to headaches and pains
When you kiss, the tension on your nerves and blood vessels is relieved, as a result of which the blood circulation in the body improves. Once the tension is relieved and your blood vessels dilate, pains, headaches and other forms of cramps in your body can be taken care of easily. So kiss your loved one when he/she suffers from body pain and vice versa.
3. Kissing can make you look younger
It is scientifically known that a kiss involves the use of around 112 postural muscles and 34 facial muscles.5 While kissing, the muscles become trained and toned in such a manner that you tend to look much better and younger than your usual self. Your facial skin appears much healthier. Even your jaw line and neck get shaped for the better if you indulge in kissing. And you don’t have to try the same kiss everytime, there are many different types of kisses you could enjoy while reaping the benefits!
4. Kissing can improve the health of your teeth
The acidity associated with teeth cavities is neutralised with the increased production of saliva in the mouth because of the sensation of kissing. Plus, the plaque that is build up in the mouth is also washed away due to the increased saliva. The mineral salt contents in the saliva usually help protect the tooth enamel.
5. Kiss to relieve stress and to get rid of depression
Whenever you feel bogged down with the responsibilities and pressures of life, you must be around your loved one and even kiss him/her if possible. Kissing will release chemicals like oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin, etc., which help relieve stress and get rid of sadness in your life. Once you are free from stress and depression then only you can think about having a healthy life.
6. Kissing can boost the health of your heart
Since kissing helps relieve stress, it can surely boost the health of your heart, because stress is often considered to be the root cause of heart diseases. Along with that, cholesterol levels are also reduced due to kissing, and the dilation of blood vessels during the act of kissing helps lower blood pressure as well. So all in all, kissing leads to a healthy heart.
7. Say ‘hi’ to healthy lungs
It is obvious that your breathing becomes faster when you kiss another person. This means that you inhale and exhale around 60 times in a minute instead of the normal 20 times 6. The conclusion that can be drawn from this scientific fact is that the fast pace of your breathing prevents various kinds of lung disorders and improves the health of your lungs.
8. Boost your immunity by kissing your loved one
In the process of kissing your loved one, you tend to exchange around 10 million or 1 billion germs and bacteria 7 with each other. So as a reaction to germs and bacteria which are unknown to your immune system, antibodies are created in your body and thus you remain protected from different kinds of diseases. Your immunity is boosted and you tend to live a longer, disease-free life due to kissing.
9. Kiss to become more alert and focused
It is well known that kissing helps in secretion of different chemicals and two of them are adrenaline and noradrenaline. These two chemicals can make you not only excited but also make you more focused and alert so that you can deal with any situation whatsoever. Your heart rate will tend to increase and your reaction timing will also increase due to the secretion of adrenaline while kissing and all this will ultimately enhance your focus.
10. Kissing can reduce the risk of allergies
The amount immunoglobulin E produced by your immune system is decreased when you kiss another person as a result of which histamine is also not released in your body. Histamine is a chemical that causes symptoms of allergy like sneezing, watery eyes, etc. Therefore kiss your loved one and suffer from fewer allergies in your life.
11. Enhance your self-esteem and confidence by kissing
Your mental and emotional well being depends on the level of self-esteem and confidence that you are able to exhibit in your life. Kissing increases the production of oxytocin, which creates happy hormones, and this in turn helps boost your self-esteem. Plus the connection that your partner and you feel for each other while kissing also enhances your confidence.
12. Kiss to live a long life
If you make it a point to kiss your loved one on a regular basis, then it will perhaps help both you and your partner live a long, prosperous and healthy life. A study 8 revealed a very interesting fact that men who kiss their partners every morning tend to live five years longer than the other men who don’t.
It is high time that the true power of a kiss is realised and promoted in order to allow people to express love for each other while also leading a healthy and fit life.