The health benefits of kissing

The health benefits of kissing

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Kissing,  is perhaps the most standard way of expressing romantic feelings.  90% of the human population engages in kissing. the 10% who do not engage in kissing replace it with similar activities such as licking, sucking and face blowing.

In the Western world, a kiss is a common gesture of greeting. Throughout all cultures people greet one another as a sign of recognition, affection, friendship and reverence.

While cheek kissing is a common greeting in many cultures, each country has a unique way of kissing. In Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Egypt it is customary to “kiss three times, on alternate cheeks.”Italians and Hungarians usually kiss twice in a greeting and in Mexico and Belgium only one kiss is necessary. In Ecuador, women kiss on the right cheek only and in Oman it is not unusual for men to kiss one another on the nose after a handshake. French culture accepts a number of ways to greet depending on the region. Two kisses are most common throughout all of France but in Provence three kisses are given and in Nantes four are exchanged.

The act of kissing in our part of the world, Africa is more of a romantic act than a form of greeting. People express their romantic love for each other through the act of kissing.

However, kissing is not just an act of love or a form of greeting. it has its own health benefits as well.


Kissing allows people to get close enough together to use smell and taste to assess each other as potential mates. Research shows that peoples’ breath and saliva carry chemical signals as to whether they are healthy or sick, and in the case of females, whether they’re ovulating all important messages for potential partners in reproduction.

Furthermore, the skin around peoples’ noses and mouths is rich in sebum, an oily substance that coats our skin. Evidence suggests that sebum contains pheromones , chemicals that broadcast information about a person’s biological makeup. When people pick up each other’s pheromones during a sloppy kiss, they’ll subconsciously become either more or less sexually attracted to each other depending on what they detect.


Kissing also reduce blood Pressure. Kissing helps to dilate  blood vessels, which may help lower blood pressure. Kissing helps fight cavities. When you kiss, saliva production increases in the mouth, and this helps to wash away plaque on the teeth that may lead to cavities. That said, cavity-causing bacteria can also be transmitted via a kiss, especially if the person you’re kissing has poor oral habits.


In addition to the benefits above, kissing has been shown to boost the immune system and reduce allergic responses in people with skin or nasal allergies.

Separate research also revealed that people who spent six weeks making kissing a priority with their partners reported significant decreases in their levels of stress.

The act of kissing, doesn’t only make one feel good but has various health benefits.


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