How does a true love’s kiss feel like? Romantic movies, fairytales, and lovefools swear by the magic of true love’s kiss. Most of us, at one point in time, have asked ourselves this question, is the prophecy of the life-changing kiss actually true. The answer is simple, be it a true love’s kiss, first kiss or any kiss for that matter. A kiss is a kiss. It conceals within itself many secrets. Today I am going to disclose the secrets of the kiss, benefits of the lip lock.
Scientifically speaking, during a kiss the facial nerve carries impulses between one’s brain and, facial skin and tongue. Certain signals are transmitted from lips, tongue, and face to the brain to make one realize what exactly is going on. At this moment the brain responds by ordering one’s body to produce:
Oxytocin: This hormone is mainly responsible for people to develop feelings of attachment, devotion, and affection for one another. It is also known as love-hormone. It creates the feeling of attachment and affection. Oxytocin is released during childbirth and breastfeeding.
Dopamine: This hormone plays the role of processing emotions like pleasure and pain in the brain. Dopamine or the chemical released during a kiss stimulates the same area of the brain activated by heroin and cocaine. This produces feelings of euphoria and addiction.
Serotonin: It is responsible for producing hormones which affect a person’s mood and feelings. The levels of serotonin present in the brain during the time of kiss is very much similar to those of someone with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Call it a “true love’s kiss,” or serotonin on the roll, this is why the memory of a good kiss stays for years.
Adrenaline: It mainly increases heart rate and the one responsible for producing fight-or-flight response in one’s body.
During the time of kiss, these hormones and neurotransmitters race through the body. Along with natural endorphins, these chemicals produce the euphoria felt by almost everyone during a good kiss.
Additionally, one’s heart rate also increases and the blood vessels dilate, this makes the body receive more oxygen than it does while not kissing or just standing around.
The brain goes into a sort of overdrive during the time of an intense kiss. It is during lip lock, the lip sensitivity causes the brain to feel a natural high. The production of oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin in the brain makes one feel good and crave more. They spark the ‘pleasure centers’ in the brain.
Kissing not only answers the question “Is it love or lust?” It also has many health benefits.
Here are the top 5 health benefits of kissing.
It is true that kissing may not burn as many calories as a normal workout, like, running a mile, but it surely increases one’s metabolism to about twice its usual rate. Kissing helps burn about 2 to 3 calories per minute. It does not mean that you miss out on your exercise regimen but do turn on the heat next time when the two of you are together. A few minutes of calorie-boosting kisses can only add spice to your relationship and also help lose some extra pounds.
During kissing, the saliva flow increases. As a result, the mouth, teeth, and gums become healthy by removing food particles. The extra saliva helps to flush bacteria from the teeth and also reduces plaque buildup. There are a few experts who claim that the mineral ions in saliva can elevate the repair of small lesions in tooth enamel.
Kissing releases endorphins. Endorphins are responsible for happiness or euphoria. This way kissing is the perfect recipe for happiness. We are living in the time of depression. Why not start smooching your partner more often and stay happy.
It is a proven fact that kissing decrease the stress hormone cortisol and increases serotonin. It has the same benefits like meditation. This is mainly due to the release of oxytocin, or the ‘love’ hormone. Oxytocin works like a psychological buffer and creates a sense of calm and bonding in people. The feeling of exhaustion and lethargy is basically the result of stress. Kissing decreases the levels of cortisol. Cortisol is stress hormone and it has an adverse effect on our immune system. Get hold of your partner and steal a kiss if you wish to lower stress.
Delays Signs of Aging
Kissing does not just help in burning calories. It is a natural facial workout too. To get rid of sagging jaws, regular sessions of intense kissing is a must. It is the perfect and most natural solution to add a glow to your face and remove the aging lines. Kissing increases blood flow to the face. Consequently, it promotes the production of collagen. This will prevent facelift.
On reading this article, you must be well aware of the benefits of a kiss. But this does not mean that you restrict your kisses to selfish means. Kissing is the perfect tool to make partners feel loved, wanted and connected. This holds true especially in long-term relationships because, with time, kissing takes a backseat. If you wish to make your partner take notice, pucker up and put your juicy lips to action. Soon, you would see how one thing leads to the other. Let the impression of each kiss last a lifetime and have a lifetime of kisses.