10 Reasons Why Kissing is Good for Your Health

Although kissing isn’t America’s number one favorite pastime, I’m sure it’s up there in the list of loved activities.  It is so adored it even has a day dedicated in its honor. July 6th is National Kissing Day and partaking in regular smooching is actually good for your health! So here are some reasons why you should pucker up…

1. Your dentist will thank you!

Now I’m not telling you to go out and kiss your dentist but what you do in your own time is totally your business. Kissing may actually help prevent cavities. The increase in saliva, once you start smooching, could help clean your teeth, and keep your next dental visit less painful.

2. Say goodbye to workouts!

Okay, not really but that kissing will help burn extra calories. It won’t be enough to replace your daily cardio, but what a fun way to burn some extra calories. Some say an hour of kissing can burn up to 90 of those bad boys if it gets vigorous enough (wink, wink)!

3. You’ll look younger!

When you kiss, your facial muscles get a workout just like any other muscle that you move and exercise. The more you use them, the toner they stay. It also will help with delaying aging because it increases the small blood vessels in your face. These blood vessels help nourish the skin better which can stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, so make sure to give those muscles the workout they deserve.

4. Kiss the stress away.

Kissing can help relieve tension by lowering cortisol levels, which will leave you feeling more relaxed. It also can boost dopamine and norepinephrine production which are those feel good hormones. As if that isn’t impressive enough, it can also cause the release of oxytocin, which is the attachment hormone so it helps with bonding. Have a stressful day at work? Schedule an after work make-out session with your significant other.

5. Reduces cholesterol…

Along with all those feel good hormones; a good kissing session can also cause the release of epinephrine into the blood stream. This causes the heart to pump faster which can help reduce that cholesterol. It won’t take the place of any medication, but it certainly can’t hurt the situation.

6. Allergies too?

It can also reduce allergic responses for people with nasal or skin allergies. It can play a role in reducing how much histamine (that nasty cause of allergies) is released into the blood, which in turn could affect the allergic response.

7. Reduce that pain…

On top of all the other possibilities, kissing can also help release endorphins, which are a natural pain reliever.

8. Headaches won’t be an excuse anymore.

With all that blood flow moving toward your body when you get a good make-out session going, the blood vessels in your head become dilated which can actually help get rid of a headache.

9. Build up your immune system.

When kissing you do share germs but the exposure to these germs can essentially help you build up your immune system.

10. Boosts that self-esteem!

Very few things make you feel more special and confident that having a nice make-out session with that significant other in your life. Here’s just another reason why regularly scheduled kissing time should be on every couple’s to-do list.

Obviously none of these ideas are actually meant to take the place of real medical advice, but even if the results are minor, it certainly isn’t going to hurt anything to try. So the next time you think you’re too busy for a good old-fashioned kiss, think again!