Kissing is one of the best things in the world. It does not only make you feel good but it also comes with several health benefits that can boost your health and wellness.
Here are some reasons you should be kissing your partner regularly.
1. Prevents Illness
Swapping spit can fight viruses. Not sure whether to believe it or not? You may read this journal published on the Medical Hypotheses.
“In summary, the current hypothesis proposes that mouth to mouth sexual kissing has developed as a way for females to control their infection with the ubiquitous Human Cytomegalovirus.”
Want more proof?
“Participants also described their overall sexual satisfaction. Saliva samples were collected and assayed for salivary immunoglobulin A (IgA). Individuals in the frequent group showed significantly higher levels of IgA than the other three groups, which were comparable.” – Journals
2. Burns Calories
It cannot burn as many calories as jogging, playing tennis and other sports. However, it can boost your metabolism twice the usual rate, which is great for your health and wellness. In fact, kissing can burn up to two calories per minute.
3. Boosts Happiness Level
Kissing results in the release of endorphins, which can make you happy. In a study, researchers found that each time you kiss, it realizes chemicals to the brain. The chemicals signal the kisser to kiss more.
In other words, kissing becomes pleasurable because it releases pleasure chemicals, like dopamine, in the brain. Dopamine is known to cause pleasure. Thus, some people would consider kissing as a drug as it increases pleasurable feelings that will make you ask for more.
4. Makes You More Affectionate
It promotes intimacy. And if you are smooching a baby, it boosts bonding. Kissing produces hormone oxytocin, also known as love hormone. It causes partners to bond more.
5. Reduces Cholesterol
In a study, researchers found that kissing and other affectional behaviors could positively affect cholesterol levels in the blood. The participants of the study showed improvements in their perceived stress and total cholesterol.
“To the extent that it proves effective at improving lipid values for those with chronic high cholesterol, it may demonstrate clinical as well as statistical significance, further suggesting its potential utility as a complementary therapy.”
That said, do not be afraid to eat a moderate amount of high-high-cholesterol foods during a romantic dinner. Just make sure that you end your night with a long kissing session. The cholesterol in your food will not damage your cardiovascular system.
6. Brings Down Stress
Our body has its own natural response mechanism to stress. For that reason, we feel exhausted when the day ends. Enter kissing. This activity is known to lower the cortisol levels in the body.
Cortisol is known as a stress hormone. Although it has its own benefits, it can affect our immune system negatively. Not only that, it impacts our endocrine system and the brain.
In that case, try kissing your partner to reduce those adverse effects of cortisol. You’ll be glad you did.
Besides kissing, though, another way to reduce your stress is to start living in the present.
One of the reasons stress affects the health and wellness of individuals is that they worry about the future and regret about their past.
You can’t change the past. And there is nothing you can do about the future. The only time you have control of is Now.
I encourage you to read the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle as it might change your life and your stress levels.
7. Enhances Sex
Sex can improve heart health. Not only that it also improves self-confidence. And kissing is the best primer for sex. It is a powerful foreplay that increases pleasurable erotic experience for both partners.
8. Improves Marriages
Partners who frequently kiss have stronger bonds, thereby, better marriages. Kissing is also useful in helping you find the right partner.
Kissing someone lets your body share subconsciously information about your immune systems. The entire process is known as histocompatibility complex.
9. Reduces Allergy Symptoms
Yes, believe it or not, kissing can improve your allergy symptoms. In a 2003 study, researchers found that participants who kissed for less than an hour experienced relief from their symptoms of allergic reaction.
But, before you kiss, you need to know that there are viruses that can be easily transmitted through a kiss.
Cold, for example, is an upper respiratory tract infection. Different viruses can cause it. However, you can get it through direct contact with the virus. Thus, if you kiss someone with the cold, you could get infected.
The kissing disease or glandular fever is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. It is a viral infection, also known as infectious mononucleosis. It could be spread through saliva and direct contact.
Any viruses in the herpes family could be spread through direct contact with the agent. Thus, when you kiss and your partner has a herpes infection, you could get infected as well.
However, herpes is typically transmitted when the blasts erupted or formed. It could be transferred to others from the blister site, even if the blisters have healed.
Hepatitis B could be transmitted through kissing. However, blood contains higher levels of this virus than saliva. Transmission happens when the infected saliva comes in direct contact with another person’s mucous membrane. You are more likely to get infected if you have open sores in your mouth.
Because viruses could be transmitted through kissing, it is ideal that you avoid doing it when you or your partner is sick. If you or your partner has an active cold sore, for example, must not kiss.
The good thing is that you can be immunized to help you avoid those many viruses that could infect you through kissing.
Things to Remember for Your Health and Wellness
Passionate kissing can have a positive effect on your health and wellness. However, this activity can transmit many illnesses or arms. That said, it is a small activity but it is a significant health risk.