A kiss a day keeps the doctor – and dentist – away!
International Kissing Day, which happened this weekend, actually began here in Blighty, but has now been adopted worldwide. Apart from kissing being great fun, there are also actual health benefits. Here’s why you should be including some smooch time into your diary today.
Kissing burns calories
Unfortunately a snog with your loved one won’t replace the gym, but it can burn anything from between 1 and 2 calories a minute, so the longer you kiss, the more you burn. Just think of how many calories Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranarat from Thailand burnt. As the current Guinness World Records champions for the longest kiss, they smooched for a staggering 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds!
Kissing helps prevent cavities
Kissing is not only good for the soul, but also your teeth. Kissing stimulates saliva, which acts as a kind of mouthwash, helping to remove cavity-causing food particles and even promoting the repair of damaged tooth enamel.
Kissing relieves stress
While there are obvious stress-relieving benefits of locking lips with someone you fancy, kissing also increases the production of oxytocin. This is a calming hormone, which helps promote the feeling of tranquillity. Obviously we don’t recommend snogging the office junior if you’ve had a bad day at work, but at the very least giving your other half a kiss when you get in will start to reduce your stress levels.
Kissing makes you look younger
Kind of! A good kiss uses 34 facial muscles, giving your visage a fantastic workout and ensuring it stays firm and young looking! Kissing someone you love also puts a huge spring in your step, which makes you feel younger, even if doesn’t physically take off the years.