Kissing – More than Just Expressing Affection

There's more to kissing than you probably know. (photo credit from

The world’s longest kiss recorded by the Guiness World Records lasted for 50 hours, 25 minutes and 1 second and was achieved by Nonthawat Charoenkaesornsin and Thanakorn Sitthiamthong (a gay couple from Thailand) at an event organised by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Pattaya, Thailand last February 12-14, 2012.

The couples drank water out of a straw whilst making sure their lips stayed locked to each other. Sounds like a lot of work, right? It probably won’t be if you’re kissing the one you love and if you know  the benefits that you’d get from it such as:

There’s more to kissing than you probably know. (photo credit from

Kissing burns calories.  Various reports indicate  that kissing can burn as much as 2 to 6 calories a minute.  A vigorous kiss could burn as many as 90 calories per hour, reports while  The IndiaTimes website suggests that kissing can burn 120 calories per hour.  Two hours of continuous kissing can burn calories equivalent to one pound steak. Kissing can also double your metabolic rate.

Want to burn more? Stand up and move around while kissing.  If you find yourself  breathing heavily because of your kissing, then you are burning more calories because  you burn more calories when you consume more oxygen.

Research have shown that three passionate kisses a day (about 20 seconds minimum) will cause you to lose an entire extra pound.

Kissing helps reduce tooth decay. Kissing helps increase the production of saliva and saliva helps clean the mouth.During kissing, the extra saliva washes bacteria off the teeth, helping break down oral plaque, and thus reduce tooth decay. During a kiss, natural antibiotics are also secreted in the saliva.

Kissing naturally relaxes you. Scientific reports say kissing induces the release of oxytocin (the body’s natural calming chemicals) and endorphins (the body’s feel-good chemical).  Swapping spit is also noted to increase dopamine, which aids in feelings of romantic attachment.

Kissing is a natural pain blocker. The saliva secreted while kissing contains a type of anesthetic that helps relieve pain. Kissing romantically also stimulates the secretion of oxytocin which plays an important role in modulating the pain we feel. Oxytocin have been shown to stimulate the body’s natural pain-suppressing pathways in different parts of the brain and has direct action on the body’s natural pain receptors. The endorphins released also have analgesic properties and makes a person more tolerant of pain. Endorphins interact with the opiate receptors in the brain to reduce our perception of pain, the same way drugs such as morphine and codeine blocks pain.

Kissing is a natural stress reliever. In addition to decreased feelings of pain, secretion of endorphins leads to feelings of euphoria. With high endorphin levels, we feel less pain and negative effects of stress.

Kissing enhances one’s immune system. All that exchange of saliva transfers germs, and your body reacts to it by producing antibodies to keep you from being sick and strengthens the body’s defenses. A recent study reported in the journal Medical Hypotheses says kissing can increase a woman’s immunity to Cytomegalovirus – a virus that can cause infant blindness and other birth defects  is the mother is a carrier while pregnant.

Kissing strengthens and tones facial muscles. Who would have thought of the work out your mouth and cheeks would get from all that makeout session? Researches have shown that  we use 30 muscles when kissing and the cheeks get tighter the more we kiss, which prevents them from sagging and being loose. All that action caused by a passionate kiss help smooth the skin and increases the circulation of the facila muscles.

Kissing helps you pick the best partner. Researchers noted that kissing is nature’s way of telling you who you’re most genetically compatible with. “At the moment of the kiss, there are hard-wired mechanisms that assess health, reproductive status and genetic compatibility,” says Gordon G. Gallup Jr., a professor of evolutionary psychology at the State University of New York at Albany who studies reproductive competition and the biology of interpersonal attraction.

Sensations from around the lips, cheeks, tongue and nose, which are often the most sensitive feelings, are immediately perceived and processed by the brain, yours and the person you’re kissing. So when you’re kissing somebody, you can really hear them and see them and feel them. So kissing is not just kissing. It is advertisement of who you are, what you want and what you can offer.

So, what are you waiting for? Pucker up!

Web References:

5 Benefits of Kissing