The 10 surprising reasons why a snog is good for you
A KISS can make everything better – and now science has proven it.
We shared yesterday how an orthodontist recommends kissing for four minutes a day to boost saliva production, which fights tooth decay.
But if oral health isn’t getting your blood pumping, there are many other benefits of puckering.
From boosting your sex drive to improving your looks, KATY DOCHERTY shares ten benefits of kissing — and looks at five movie kisses to get you in the mood.
MAKES YOU HAPPY
If you smile after a kiss, it might not just be your feelings for your partner.
Kissing releases the love hormone oxytocin, making you feel warm and comfortable inside.
It also sends out the feel-good hormone serotonin to give you a little lift.
A PASSIONATE hug can ward off cold and flu.
It may not sound romantic, but by sharing bacteria with your partner, you boost your immune system.
Dutch scientists found that it helps prepare your body for harmful bacteria.
KEEPS THE HEART HEALTHY
PEOPLE who kiss more often are less likely to have strokes and heart attacks.
A little kissing lowers fat cholesterol levels, Arizona University reported in 2009.
So the next time your heart skips a beat, give your partner a hickey.
MAKES YOU RICH
MEN who kiss their wives before work are likely to be richer than those who don’t.
According to a study from the 1980s, they also live longer and have fewer car accidents than those who don’t spoil.
So remember – a happy wife, a happy and long life.
HELPS CHOOSE A PARTNER
According to a study, a FIRST kiss can make or break a relationship.
A 2013 report in Archives of Sexual Behavior revealed that partners were more likely to be dumped after a bad smooch.
The study found that 66 percent of women would end the day, compared to 59 percent of men.
MAINTAINS YOUTHFUL APPEARANCE
PILLOW can give your face a great workout.
During a smooching session, you can contract up to 34 facial muscles and keep your skin taut.
The work of these muscles can also support collagen production, which keeps skin plump.
It might not be the gym, but a smooch is better than no workout.
You can burn anywhere from 2 to 26 calories per minute, depending on how passionate you are about making out.
A slow jog burns about nine calories per minute, so it’s a fair workout.
WHILE you’re kissing, your blood vessels dilate, which increases blood flow, which relieves headaches.
A kiss also reduces the stress hormone cortisol, which can cause migraines.
So stop using headaches as an excuse.
Reduces hay fever
SNOGGING can relieve watery eyes and itchy noses caused by hay fever.
A Japanese study found that couples who kissed for 30 minutes benefited from an antihistamine-like effect.
Their levels of immunoglobulin E, which causes symptoms of hay fever, were lower.
BOOST YOUR SEX LIFE
SALIVA contains testosterone that puts both partners in the mood for love.
Biological anthropologist Helen Rutger believes that men prefer French kissing to transfer more sex hormones to their partner.
And the longer you make out, the more in the mood you get.
Five smacking movie moments
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