Kissing has been long considered as a means of boosting confidence, bonding with a loved one, spurring arousal, and showing affection.
It is no wonder that most people enjoy kissing, particularly when they are doing it with the right person, given the sense of attachment and bonding it provides. And, it is no wonder that couples who kiss more are more satisfied with their relationship.
“When we kiss, it stimulates our brain to release a cocktail of feel good chemicals that both calm and excite us at the same time,” says marriage and family therapist Dr. Sheri Meyers. As if the happy hormone rush wasn’t enough… here are 10 benefits of kissing almost no one knows.
1. Pain Relief
When we kiss, the body releases hormones that act as natural pain relievers. One of those hormones, endorphins, is said to be even more potent than any analgesic. In addition, kissing increases blood flow, relieves migraines and headaches, and dilates the blood vessels.
2. Burn Calories
While kissing is not a replacement for a solid weight-training session, a passionate kiss does have the potential to burn up to sixteen calories.
3. Strengthens Facial Muscles
The face is made up of 43 muscles, 34 of which are used during the act of kissing. This means that an intense kissing session helps strengthen and tone these muscles.
4. Improves Mood
The lips have more sensory neurons compared to other body surfaces. Kissing stimulates these neurons and triggers the release of happy hormones like dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin. As an added bonus, it triggers sebum, an oil that is said to play an important role in bonding.
5. Relieves Symptoms Of PMS
The pain-relieving endorphins released during kissing are beneficial for those who suffer from severe PMS symptoms. In addition, kissing helps increase blood flow and release tension, which helps relieve any discomfort during PMS.
6. Reduces Stress
According to a study at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine involving 2,000 couples, the ones that kiss throughout the day are at lower risk of suffering from stress and depression, probably due to the stress-relieving endorphins that are released during a kiss.
7. Improves Oral Health
Kissing increases saliva production, which in turn helps fight plaque-causing bacteria and cavity.
8. Boosts Heart Health
According to a study done by the University of Paisley, men who made love and kissed on a regular basis were 45 percent less likely to develop heart disease at certain point of their lives.
9. Lowers Blood Pressure
Kissing helps dilate the blood vessels and lower blood pressure, according to Dr. Mercola.
10. Boosts Immune System
Some scientists argue that kissing evolved as means of boosting the overall cultural immunity, through passing germs. It has been scientifically shown that kissing does boost immunity and protect against viruses like cytomegalovirus.
According to Dr. Hendrie of the University of Leeds, you get the most immune-boosting benefits when you kiss with the same partner for least half a year.