Top 10 Reasons Kissing is Good For You
With Valentine’s Day coming up, there is no escaping all the allusions to romance: flowers, candy, jewelry, and lots of kissing.
Kissing isn’t just romantic-it’s good for your health!
Here are 10 benefits to smooching it up for the holidays-and all year long!
- Kissing boosts your “happy harmones” by igniting the brain’s pleasure center and chemicals- oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin.
- Kissing is a stress reliever, helping to lower cortisol levels.
- Kissing lowers your blood pressure: it’s good for your heart, literally!
- Kissing relieves cramps AND headaches.
- Kissing boosts your immune system–unlike that icky kiss Tess had with an infected individual on “The Last of Us”-swapping spit makes you healthier sharing microbiota germs.
- Kissing improves your cholesterol, lowering your risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Kissing helps reduce cavities by increasing saliva. Saliva production is important, as I learned this weekend when I was diagnosed with a medical problem. Had I been smooching more often, I would have had more saliva–certainly more fun than sucking on lemon drops!
- Kissing improves your facial muscles. Think of it–it’s a workout for your face! No need for downloading a face slimming app!
- Kissing helps your self esteem by reducing cortisol levels. Researchers in a 2016 study found that participants bummed with their physical appearance had higher cortisol levels.
- This is most important–kissing burns calories, so you can lose weight! Hooray–you can eat more chocolate out of your heart shaped box!
In conclusion–if you want a healthy Valentine’s Day–pucker up!