9 Things That Might Happen to Your Body If You Kiss Frequently
In case you weren’t aware, our lips are filled with sensitive nerve endings that stimulate most of our brain that is associated with touch, taste and scent. Also, when we kiss, oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin are released into our brains, making us feel amazing. And there are a bunch of other positive things that happen to us when we lock lips with someone we are attracted to. Keep reading and you will also find a bonus about a pretty discussed topic about kissing.
1. It helps you lose weight.
A study says that simple kisses burn only 2 to 3 calories, whereas passionate kissing consumes between 5 and 26 calories per minute. Okay, it might not seem like that much until you compare it to other activities. 30 minutes of passionate kissing could burn up to 180 calories, which is actually more than 30 minutes of walking at 3.5 mph, mowing the lawn, or washing the car. Kissing probably can’t replace burpees or a walk on the treadmill, but hey, it’s way more enjoyable.
2. Your arteries might be healthier.
A study found that people who kissed more often had lower levels of cholesterol. When you’re kissing, your body starts to produce more oxytocin. This hormone helps relieve stress and anxiety, that can contribute to high levels of cholesterol. Kissing can also help lower your blood pressure.
3. It’s good for stress relief.
Kissing naturally relaxes us. Research has proven that it increases levels of natural chemicals in our body like oxytocin, a natural calming agent along with endorphins, the chemical that makes us feel happy. It also lowers cortisol which is related to stress.
4. Your allergic reaction might become less intense.
Kissing decreases stress and fills you with positive emotions, which can help reduce allergies. However, you should keep in mind that if your partner ate something you’re allergic to, it can cause an allergic reaction.
5. It might prevent lung diseases.
Normally, we inhale about 20 times a minute. But when we kiss, this number raises up to 60 times a minute. This workout is actually good for your lungs because it leads to a greater exposure to air. As a result, your lungs become stronger and your chances of developing lung disease go down.
6. Your face might look younger.
A lot of facial muscles are involved when you’re kissing, so it tones your face like a real workout. Per minute, you can even burn up to 26 calories. And because kissing increases blood flow to your face, it can stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which might help make your face look younger.
7. It can improve your productivity.
Apparently, kissing is not only good for your health — it also helps you live better. A German study conducted back in the 1970s showed that men who kiss their wives every morning tend to be more productive at work, take less sick days, and make more money in general.
Besides that, morning kisses boost your self-confidence and improve concentration so that you’ll be about 50% less likely to get into a car accident when driving to work.
8. Your headache or cramps might get milder.
If you have a headache or menstrual cramps, it might be a good idea to try to relieve pain by kissing. Kissing dilates your blood vessels and lowers your blood pressure, so it can help reduce pain.
9. Your teeth might become less likely to get cavities.
Kissing increases the production of saliva, which can protect your teeth from harmful bacteria and prevent tooth decay. Some experts also say that the mineral ions in saliva can even help repair small lesions in tooth enamel. However, your oral hygiene and that of your partner’s is very important, because there are also cavity-causing bacteria that can get transferred when you’re kissing.
Bonus: parents kissing their children might not be a good idea.
- Doctors, and especially dentists, warn that there are a huge number of microbes in our mouths that may not infect adults, but can be transmitted to children and harm them greatly. And since the child has a weaker immune system, Charlotte Reznick clarifies, some dangerous infections can enter their body through saliva.
- The lips and the mouth are the personal boundaries of a kid’s body, as psychologist Charlotte Reznick explains. When you kiss a child on the lips, you show them that their body border is open and that someone can intrude into their territory with no problem.
- The child may start behaving the same way you taught them at home, but outside the family circle — kissing other children or adults on the lips as a way to express sympathy. The psychologist points out that, even if it was an innocent gesture on the part of the parents, children learn things by mimicry. So they might try to repeat the same gesture with others, without realizing the intimate implication of this gesture.
Have you noticed any differences between the periods of time when you would kiss frequently and the times when you weren’t?