Why Kissing Is Good for YOU!
- ...it helps prevent tooth decay. Dr. Peter Gorden, Dental Advisor at the British Dental Association, explains. "After eating, your mouth is full of sugar solution and acidic saliva, which cause plaque build up. Kissing is nature's own cleaning process," he adds. "It stimulates saliva flow and brings plaque levels down to normal."
- ...it relieves tension. A passionate kiss is a great relaxation technique, says stress consultant, Michelle Kay Mcnabb. "When your mouth is in a kissing position, you're almost smiling and, as our emotions and body language are so closely linked, it's almost
impossible to smile and feel tense at the same time," she explains. "Also, your breathing becomes deeper and your eyes close when you kiss - that's what you do when you relax. It's a perfect way to shut out the world."
- ...it helps you lose weight. "A long kiss makes the metabolism burn up sugar faster than usual," says Claire Potter. "The calories burned depend on the intensity, but you can rely on 10 calories for every 10 minutes."
- ...it slows the ageing process. "Kissing helps to tone your cheek and jaw muscles, so they're less likely to sag," says Cosmo's Fitness Consultant, Claire Potter.
- ...it increases fitness levels. Your heart is pumping, your pulse is racing..." If kissing is exciting, you release adrenaline into the bloodstream and your heart pumps more blood around your body," says Dr. Susan Hotchkies. "It's a great cardiovascular
- ...it is a good indication of what's to come. Kissing a new man gives you the perfect opportunity to check out his pheromones - the chemical messengers that signal sexual attraction." The first kiss is always a good way to work out if there's any chemistry between you," says Paul Brown, a sexual and marital therapist. "In humans, it's thought that smells plays a vital part in subconscious attraction, and if your pheromones aren't in tune', you're unlikely to hit off in other areas."
- And finally, ...it boosts self-esteem. There's nothing better than a passionate kiss for a major dose of feel - good factor. "In theory, when you're kissing, you're happy. And when you're happy, you feel good about yourself," says psychotherapist