Feb 16, 2017 11:22 AM EST
Kissing is not just fun, it actually has many benefits that you may not know about. Here are some of the benefits that you can get from it.
Glamour says that kissing is actually good for your teeth. Kissing, according to a cosmetic dentist increases the production of saliva in our mouth, which can actually protect your teeth from acid attacks. But oral hygiene is important of course. Dr. Finkel from New York says that if your partner passes the sniff test, then you can kiss away.
Did you know that kissing can also be a form of workout? Why it might not be as beneficial as an hour on your treadmill or the gym, Medical Daily says that "passionate kissing" can actually burn around 6.5 calories per minute. And you know that burning calories produces endorphins in the body, which brings a positive feeling to your body. Maybe this is why kissing, when done right feels really good right?
Kissing does not only release endorphins, it also has the ability to release oxytocin, which is also called the love hormone. Dr. Stephanie Hartselle from Brown University says that this love hormone can give a sense of calm and relaxation to human beings that is as powerful as medication and even anti-anxiety medications. Still from a chemical standpoint, kissing also decreases the production of cortisol, which is widely associated with stress.
Do you have nasal or skin allergies? A study done in 2006 by allergist Hajime Kimata found that kissing reduces the bodies' production of IgE, which is the bodies way of reacting to an allergen. The study showed that for couples who kissed their loved ones for 30 minutes actually decreased the production of IgE.
Kissing can also reduce aging and even increase your sex drive. Testosterone, the hormone responsible for sex drive, is actually released when kissing is prolonged
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