Pucker Up- Kissing is Good for Your Health!


There’s more to kissing than meets the eye! Not that you really need an excuse (or the 10 Health Fitness Revolution about to give you) to make kissing a priority, but it triggers a whole spectrum of physiological processes that can boost your immunity and generally spruce up that body you work so hard to keep attractive- kissing is good for your health.   To read the article about the Health Benefits of Sex we wrote, click here.

  •  It Boosts Happiness: Oxytocin is a brain chemical that is released when we kiss- it is responsible for helping to create feelings of pleasure, intimacy, and bonding. When we kiss, our brains respond by releasing this feel-good chemical that helps us feel connected to and trusting of our mates.
  • It Lowers Stress Levels:  kissing lowers our cortisol levels. Cortisol is our stress hormone and it has a negative effect on our immune system, endocrine system and brain health, specifically the hippocampus, helping you relax and unwind.
  • It Burns Calories:  kissing for over a minute could burn 25-plus calories.  Sure, kissing may not burn as many calories as, say, running a mile, but it does pump up your metabolism to about twice its usual rate.
  • Our Bodies Find the Right Mate:  During kissing, we exchange vital physiological information via saliva, including information related to our major histocompatibility complex (MHC). MHC is a collection of genes  associated with our immune system, and biologically, it’s important for partners to bring different immune system genes to the table so that their offspring will have a better opportunity for survival.  Kissing subconsciously lets us know if we are kissing someone who is too similar to our bloodline.
  • Boosts Immunity:  if you are both healthy and well, kissing can actually help to boost your immune system. Research from the journalMedical Hypotheses suggests that kissing might actually boost a woman’s immunity to certain diseases.  This boosts becomes heightened if kissing leads to sex.
  • Increases Life Span:  A study from University College London collected research that found that men who kiss their significant others good-bye were less likely to get into a car accident on the way to work. Just another reason not to rush out the door without a good-bye kiss!
  • Keeps You Youthful:  Kissing uses more than 30 muscles in the face! When you pucker up, you are helping to keep those muscles taut, strong, and younger looking!
  • Intensifies Arousal:  Kissing is a great primer for sex- and frequent sex can enhance everything from heart health to your self-esteem.
  • Its a Marriage Booster:  frequent kissers may have stronger marriages because it is great for mental and emotional health.  A 2011 study from the Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, Indiana, found that kissing, cuddling, and other forms of affection were important predictors for relationship satisfaction.
  • Natural Pain Killer:  During a heated, heart-racing kind of kiss, your body releases adrenaline, which can actually reduce feelings of pain.

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