Big Red Tooth – Dr Candice Schwartz

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7 more reasons kissing is healthy for you…

on March 6, 2012

Kissing feels great but there are other reasons that this habit can benefit your health. Its not only fun – its good for you! Researchers have revealed several reasons why kissing can improve your health:

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1.Those who kiss their partner goodbye each morning live five years longer than those who don’t.

2.Kissing strengthens your immune system: because you are exposed to the germs of your partner in small doses, your body activates its immune system and builds up immunity against this bacteria it is exposed to.

3.Relieves allergies: The results of a Japanese study found that half an hour of kissing can slow down histamine production and provide relief from sneezing and a runny nose.

4.Kissing uses 30 facial muscles and it helps keep the facial muscles tight, preventing baggy cheeks! The tension in the muscles caused by a passionate kiss helps smooth the skin and increases the circulation.

5. When you kiss, you produce extra saliva and this saliva neutralizes the acids that cause tooth decay. It may also help to wash away food particles and plaque. Also, saliva contains mineral salts that can strengthen your teeth.

6.Stress relief: Kissing reduces anxiety and stops the ‘noise’ in your mind. It increases the levels of oxytocin, an extremely calming hormone that makes you feel good and feel connected with the other person.

7. It boosts self-esteem: There is nothing better than a passionate kiss for a major dose of the feel good factor. “In theory, when you’re kissing, you’re happy. And when you’re happy, you feel good about yourself.” says psychotherapist Paul Zeal.

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