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What Are The Health Benefits Of Kissing?

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Curejoy Expert Gina Hodge Explains:

The Health Benefits of Kissing

Generally, when it comes to kissing, medically, you will probably think of it as a means to share germs, unhygienic act but obviously it is romantic too. However, kissing has a lot to offer to your health condition, provided both the kissers are healthy and not suffering from any sort of contagious diseases.

Apart from ultimately building your immunity to the best possible, kissing has several other health benefits as well. Here are some of the benefits of kissing:

Kissing Reduces Blood Pressure

You might have not known this but kissing dilates your blood vessels, which helps lower your blood pressure. One of the experts online says that kissing gets your heartbeat revved up in a healthy way that helps lower your blood pressure.

[Read: The Psychology Of Touch For Physical & Emotional Healing]

Relieve Cramps and Headaches

When the blood-vessel-dilation occurs while you kiss, that also acts as a pain reliever, especially headache or menstrual cramps.

Fight Cavities

Since kissing increases the production of saliva in your mouth, it helps wash away plaque on your teeth that are most of the times the cause of teeth cavities.

Release Your Happy Hormones And Relieves Stress

Kissing makes you happy because while you kiss, the brain releases feel-good hormones like serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. This will make your relationship better in a lot of ways. Kissing also relieves stress and releases epinephrine into your blood, making it pump faster, which may result in a reduction of LDL cholesterol.

Burn Calories

Kissing is not going to replace your treadmill ever, but studies have suggested that a vigorous kiss can burn 8-16 calories.

Boosts Your Immune System

Kissing is also reportedly said to be associated with boosting your immune system and reduce allergic responses in people with skin or nasal allergies. One of the studies suggests that kissing may increase a woman’s immunity from Cytomegalovirus.

Others

There are several other health benefits of kissing like boosting self-esteem, tone facial muscles, decreases cortisol stress hormone, improves mood and lowers anxiety.