Kiss someone this Valentine’s Day – it’s good for you in ways you may not even know about:

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Kissing can be one of life’s great joys – and it’s also great for your psychological and physical health.

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Researchers at the university of New York at Albany noted we are hard-wired to assess the health, reproductive status and genetic compatibility simply from kissing.

Some health benefits include:

1) It feels great: Kissing makes you both feel good because it produces the hormone oxytocin, a natural, bonding chemical that will make you both feel good and want to stay romantically attached. Kissing someone new can also produce dopamine and norepinephrine, which give us an instant natural high.

2) Reducing Stress: There’s no doubt a great kiss can distract you, but it can also significantly reduce your stress levels and help you chill out fast. Oxytocin calms us down and the resulting endorphins released are the body’s feel-good chemicals. Plus kissing reduces blood pressure.

3) It helps you pick the right person for a relationship: Researchers at the university of New York at Albany noted we are hard-wired to assess the health, reproductive status and genetic compatibility simply from kissing. So when you don’t like a kiss, it’s wise to back off fast.

4) It burns calories: It can burn anywhere form 2-6 calories per minute for each of you, and if there’s further physical activity that follows, that’s a whole other story.

5) It boosts immunity: When you kiss you pass mild bugs and possibly viruses between you, strengthening the immune system. A study by the journal Medical Hyotheses reported kissing may increase a woman’s immunity from cytomegalovirus – which can inturn have negative effects if she is pregnant.

6) It reduces plaque: When you’re kissing, you produce more saliva, which inturn helps reduce plaque build up and keeps the mouth super healthy.

Renae Leith-Manos

CONTRIBUTOR

Renae Leith-Manos travels the world writing (www.renaesworld.com.au). She has had a colourful media career as a journalist in many magazines and newspapers, and spends her time writing, consulting to new businesses, running, doing yoga, swimming & cycling.
She's likes healthy eating, but thinks chocolate cake is just as important as kale chips.
She spends most weekends hanging out with her gorgeous twins.

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