Saturday, August 21, 2010

Saturday Seven (7 Benefits Of Kissing)



1. A kiss boosts immunity. (I'm not making this up, medical tests have proven it!) Anytime you lock lips, you're not just swapping spit... you're also swapping germs. A majority of the bacteria in your saliva is common to everyone, but around 20% are unique to the individual. So, the process of kissing triggers your body to produce antibodies to fight the foreign bacteria. It's like a vaccination, minus the hour in the waiting room and sore arm. Of course, this positive side effect is only relevant if you're smooching a healthy person... you wouldn't want a "vaccination" from, let's say, the guy or girl at the bar with a mysterious blister and runny nose. Serious e-w-w-w factor! Now, moving right along....

2. A good kiss busts stress. (I'll say!) A recent Lafayette College study found that when you're kissing someone, your body releases oxytocin, a calming chemical; endorphins, which are the feel-good chemicals; and dopamine, which promotes bonding. Aim for a 20-second smooch to get mood-boosting benefits.

3. A kiss may ease allergies. A study in Japan found that 30 minutes of kissing (time to revert back to middle school make-out days) can slow histamine production, providing some relief from sneezing and running nose symptoms associated with hay fever. My college room mate used to call me the king of trivia. Knowing these amazing, but uninteresting-to-anyone-but-me facts have brought me a long way!

4. Kissing is actually good for your teeth. (I kid you not!) Even during non-sloppy exchanges, kissing produces bonus saliva. This helps neutralize acids which can cause decay and washes away food particles and cavity-inducing plaque that's beginning to form. Some experts even think that the mineral salts in saliva may help bolster enamel, giving you stronger chompers.

5. Kissing actually counts as a light workout! It's estimated that kissing can burn up to 6 calories a minute and that you enlist approximately 30 facial muscles. This may not exactly erase cellulite or give you flat abs, but you can feel slightly less guilty about having another glass of wine or ordering post-date dessert.

6. Kissing, if done correctly, can lead to something more... (Need I say anything else?)

7. Finally, kissing is fun! You could be doing something a lot worse.

18 comments:

2cute4u said...

I had a good laugh!
I should engage in regular kissing then..
Nice one..

tate 2 said...

I'm ready for a kiss right now!

Toni said...

Pucker up buttercup!lol!

Angie B. said...

Muah!

Sunflower said...

Too Funny, where do you get your topics?

Grover Tha Playboy said...

Oh Behaveeeee!

Simon Bastion said...

Ahh Yes, the kiss is the key to romance!

Brenda said...

It's the key to something...I'm going to say that is a little more than just romance!

Cheryl said...

@Brenda- LOL!

James Perkins said...

These comments are hillarious!

Jazzy said...

You are crazy Fam! Have a good weekend!

Swaggie said...

Time to get my kiss on...lol!

Sean said...

Okay Ladies, Here I come!

Lisa said...

Good Post Keith, Never knew all of these things about something I enjoy so much!

Vanessa said...

Now all I need is a man to kiss!

Captain Jack said...

@Vanessa- Me too honey!

Halo said...

Laughing at all of these comments!
Great post Keith!

DBH said...

Muah! Have a great weekend Keith!




KEEPING THE FAITH: RANDOM PRAYERS "ON THE DOWNLOAD"
























































"Mommy, can I go to Timmy's blog and play?"



































Click on image to enlarge for reading






Click on image to enlarge for reading



Click on image to enlarge for reading