Kissing feels nice and can help promote intimacy, but did you know that it has health benefits as well? Here are a few medical benefits to locking lips:
Reduced blood pressure
A solid smooch can really get your heart pumping - which is good news, as this increased cardiac activity can lower your blood pressure. The activity dilates your blood vessels, allowing proper flow to all of your vital organs, said Andréa Demirjian, author of "Kissing: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about One of Life's Sweetest Pleasures, to CNN.
Lower chance of illness
Research from the journal Medical Hypotheses found that women were actually able to develop an immunity to the cytomegalovirus (HCMV) virus, just by kissing people who had been exposed to it. Wrote the study's authors:
"As HCMV is present in salivary gland epithelial cells and sheds from periodontitis induced lesions, female inoculation with a specific male's HCMV is most efficiently achieved through mouth to mouth contact and saliva exchange, particularly where the flow of saliva is from the male to the typically shorter female."
Kissing helps encourage the production of saliva, a fluid which is vital to proper oral health. When your lips meet another person's, the secretion of saliva increases, which helps keep you from developing dry mouth. The increased lubrication contributes to washing the plaque off of your teeth, which in turn reduces the likelihood that you will get a cavity.
More positive hormones
Stress and poor mood can have a negative impact, even on an otherwise healthy person. Kissing releases a number of positive hormones, such as serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin. Afterwards, you're more relaxed, less wound up and revitalized. It's similar to the rush one might get from exercising.
Speaking of working out, intense kissing can help you cut calories as well. While it's no substitute for going to the gym on a regular basis, a passionate makeout session can burn about eight to 16 calories for every kiss.
Kissing is good for your health, and fresh breath is essential for good kissing. Poor oral hygiene can be a deterrent even in the presence of the most amorous of intentions, so make sure that your mouth and teeth are always in pristine condition.