The Incredible Health Benefits of Kissing

· January 15, 2015

Did you know that kissing strengthens the immune system?  Or that kissing helps with weight loss because it accelerates the metabolism, or that it helps fight dental problems and allergy symptoms? In this article we are going to explain the incredible health benefits of kissing.

Discover more surprising health benefits of kissing below, and you’ll surely want to kiss more often; especially when you understand that, in reality, the act of kissing also lengthens lifespans.  

Increases defenses

Did you know that kissing often helps prevent diseases?  How is that possible?  Well, because this action mobilizes hormonal secretions that naturally contribute to increasing bodily defenses.  It also mixes your saliva with that of the other person, which acts as a natural vaccine because it allows you to gently immunize yourself against other germs.

Reduces pain

The endorphins created through the act of kissing have properties that act as pain reducers.  This is also because it dilates blood vessels, which is why kissing is highly recommended for people that frequently suffer from pains caused by inflammatory diseases, like arthritis, fibromyalgea, chronic fatigue, muscular problems, etc.  It’s even good for migraines!

It is an antidepressant

Kissing causes the body to release oxytocin, the famous hormone that puts people in a good mood, which is how it functions as a natural antidepressant.  From that point of view, kissing is a fabulous alternative for fighting stressful moments, sadness, anxiety, depression, distress, etc., without needing to take pharmaceuticals.

Kissing also helps create a happy environment in homes that couples kiss a lot in.

Prevents cardiovascular problems

Stress, which we talked about in the previous paragraph, is one of the primary causes of several diseases, including high cholesterol and coronary disease.  That’s why, in addition to eating a healthy diet, you should not underestimate the pleasant therapy provided from kissing often.  It also increases heart rate, which helps regulate blood pressure.

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Helps exercise muscles

Kissing exercises up to 30 facial muscles and activates blood flow.  What does that do?  Well, it keeps your skin firm, soft and young.  It is believed to provide the same benefits of facial self-massage, for its anti-wrinkle properties.  We recommend kissing often as an anti-aging therapy that works even better than any sort of moisturizing cream.

Prevents dental problems

It may surprise you to know that, according to one study, kissing transfers some 40,000 harmless bacteria to the other person, which are received by saliva’s natural defense mechanism.

Kissing stimulates saliva secretions, which causes saliva to regenerate and helps eliminate oral particles and pathogens, thanks to its disinfecting substances.  It therefore reduces acids that, over time, cause plaque, cavities, and all sorts of dental problems.

Accelerates metabolism and weight loss

Kissing causes the body to burn calories, not only through the movement of doing so, but for the emotions released.  This could increase your pulse up to 70 to 140 beats per minute.  This increases metabolism and burns more calories.

Improves self-esteem

On an emotional level, kissing makes us feel loved and makes us feel like an important part of the life of whomever we are kissing.  It is an act that, according the the personal situation, could create states of satisfaction generated by the act of loving, sharing, giving and receiving.

Some advisers even recommend that everyone kiss his/her partner before going to work, to increase self-esteem, which translates into greater work performance.

Kisses2Alleviates the effects of allergies

The act of kissing stimulates histamine production, which alleviates and prevents symptoms caused by allergies, like sneezing, eye congestion, or runny noses.

Kissing lengthens lifespans

After all these reasons, there is not doubt that kissing lengthens lifespans.  The only requisite is that the kisses be sincere and regular.

Photos courtesy of Scatto felino, jonrawlinson and duckiemonster.