It's good for you because...
...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
...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
...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
(Doesn't it make you feel like kissing someone now?
Don't wait. Get to it!