Kissing boosts immunity
We know kissing as a social pleasantry, a potential ending to a date and a means of connecting with our main squeeze. The collision of lips and tongues that we often take for granted has a whole lot more bubbling under the surface than meets the eye and actually does a body very, very good. Kissing has long been thought to be a way to pass along bugs and strengthen the body’s defenses. In fact, a study reported in the journal Medical Hypotheses says kissing may increase a woman’s immunity from Cytomegalovirus, which can cause infant blindness and other birth defects if the mother is a carrier during pregnancy. Kissing is just one of the everyday habits with amazing health benefits you never knew about.
Kissing burns calories
Depending on different reports, smooching burns anywhere from two to six calories per minute. Not quite a jog on the treadmill, but locking lips for an hour may burn off half a handful of M&Ms or half a glass of wine. Hey, it’s something. Don’t turn your nose up to these other wacky things you had no idea could burn calories.
Passionate kisses are good for your oral health
According to Mark Burhenne, DDS, founder of Askthedentist.com, and the author of The 8-Hour Sleep Paradox, kissing supports good oral and dental health in a few ways. One is that kissing is one of the few ways to share a good microbiota, according to Dr. Burhenne. “If your oral microbiome isn’t all that diverse or healthy, exchanging saliva with a partner who does have a healthy oral microbiome may be the trick you need to improve the health of your own,” he says.