Health benefits of kissing

French or Australian kiss, some people aren’t just good at kissing.

To those who understand the health benefits of this sport, there are always a million and one reasons to smooch and kiss. After all, who doesn’t want to live forever?

Do you know that when you kiss loved ones…

Your immune system gets a boost. Kissing cuts down allergic responses in people with skin or nasal allergies.

More than 700 types of bacteria have been found in the human mouth, but no two people have the exact same makeup of oral germs, so exchanging saliva with someone can introduce new “foreign” bacteria into your body, which isn’t a bad thing.

You reduce your chances of blood pressure. Kissing is a cure for headache and migraines.

According to Ryan Neinstein, M.D., a plastic surgeon in New York City, our lips are made up of blood vessels, which become dilated during kissing. “The blood is then directed toward the face and away from the rest of the body,” he says, “so the demand on the heart goes down, resulting in lower blood pressure.”

You get improved feelings of well-being and self-esteem. Kissing therefore strengthen your relationship with friends and lovers.

You lower your stress levels. People who kissed more often are most likely to enjoy better relationships, with greater satisfaction. Research findings show that kissing reduces the chemical cortisol, which is associated with stress.

Kissing can help delay signs of aging. Health experts advise that you kiss more often because the increased blood flow to your face can stimulate collagen production. This contributes to your body’s natural antiaging abilities.

“When you kiss loved ones, the higher blood flow increases the number of small blood vessels helping to nourish your skin’s machinery,” Dr. Neinstein says. “It also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which are substances that can beautify your skin.”

“In order to move your lips, your whole face has to get involved, which increases elasticity,” Dr. Neinstein adds. “Have you seen face yoga or facercises? There are yogis, aestheticians, and dermatologists training women to do exercises for their face to stimulate collagen and lessen the need for a face-lift. Passionate kissing can lead to firming the face, especially its bottom half.”

Findings show that whether you engage in sexual relationships, kissing, or even hugging loved ones, these types of affection have primal, biological roots that impact your body.

However, health experts agree that kissing—as a uniquely human trait—is a sure way of transmitting germs among lovers, ultimately building immunity. Unromantic as that explanation is, it looks plausible that smooching and kissing loved ones can have any underlying biological benefits. Now we know.