VALENTINE’S DAY may have come and gone but don’t forget to continue kissing your loved one. As well as showing them you care, it could also be good for your health as scientists have proven that it can trigger a range of physiological processes from boosting your immunity, to improving your connection with your partner.
Good for teeth
Kissing increases saliva flow which helps keep the mouth, teeth and gums healthy and reduce plaque build up.
As saliva produced by kissing can help oral hygiene, it can also give your immune system a boost as exchanging saliva can introduce new bacteria to the body which can help the body prepare for fighting off infections.
Kissing has been shown to decrease the stress hormone cortisol and increase serotonin which is responsible for balancing mood levels. It also releases oxytocin, also known as the ‘love’ hormone that promotes bonding in humans.
Kissing increases blood flow to the face and this helps stimulates the production of collagen that is needed to plump out the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Studies report that kissing can burn between two and six calories per minute, but add a little tongue action and using these extra muscles can burn up to 26 calories per minute.