Kissing: It’s good for your health!

couple kissingDo you remember your first kiss? I do, but I’m not one to kiss and tell. Whether you’re kissing your date goodnight after an evening out or giving your spouse a smooch before you head to work in the morning, kissing is good for your health.

Spend some time kissing this Valentine’s Day and reap the following health benefits:

Perk up your heart
Kissing makes the body produce adrenaline. Adrenaline causes the heart to pump harder and increases blood circulation. Frequent kissing can stabilize cardiovascular activity, lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.

Burn calories
A simple kiss can burn six to twelve calories. A steamier kiss will burn even more calories. While it’s not quite as effective as going for a walk or running on the treadmill, it’s definitely a more fun way to burn calories!

Live longer
People who kiss more seem to live longer. Research shows that kissing your spouse or partner can add years to your life. A regular good morning kiss may add five years to your life.

Prevent illness
The increase in saliva while kissing produces natural antibodies. This extra saliva can help the immune system fight off disease and infection. Saliva can also produce a natural anesthetic that has more powerful pain relieving effects than pain killers like morphine.

Relieve stress
Kissing is a stress reliever. It can clear the mind, decrease anxiety and help you relax. Kissing increases oxytocin. Oxytocin is a calming hormone and promotes feelings of tranquility. When we feel loved, it gives us a sense of well-being and improved self-esteem. Kissing just makes us feel better!

Tone facial muscles
Kissing is a workout for your face. You use 30 different facial muscles while you’re kissing. Working these muscles can tighten up your cheeks. A kissing session can tone your face and keep the blood circulating. Good circulation in your face can help you stay young looking and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Fight tooth decay
Smooching with your honey may help fight tooth decay. That extra saliva we talked about can also help prevent and reduce plaque build-up. But, don’t forget to keep up with your brushing and flossing. For good dental health, brush, floss and kiss every day!

So, this Valentine’s Day grab that someone special, pucker up and smooch your way to improved health.

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