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Who could say no to any excuse to get in some extra kisses?  This week we welcome International Kissing Day.  What does this have to do with fitness and nutrition?  A lot.  Kissing produces dopamine that elevates our senses and make us feel happy for a positive mental state.  There are also physical benefits to kissing. In celebration of International Kissing Day, below are more reasons to kiss more.

Benefits of Kissing

Kissing keeps facial muscles solid

A make-out session utilizes dozens of facials muscles.  Kissing helps keep cheeks tight which can contribute to a young look.

Kissing helps you unwind

Investigative reports say kissing can expand levels of oxytocin, the body's natural way of keeping calm. Swapping saliva is additionally noted to increase dopamine, which helps in emotions of sentimental connection.

Kissing burns calories

Probably the benefit to kissing you were hoping the most to hear, kissing can burn calories.  Depending on your source of data, kissing can burn anywhere from 2 to 6 calories per smooch. Not exactly a run on the treadmill, but it's nice to know that a few kisses throughout the day could burn off the M&M's you were supposed to avoid.

Kissing boosts immunity

It may sound gross, but did you know that millions of bacteria are passed each time you kiss?  That's a good thing.  By introducing new bacteria to and from kissing it increases a body's ability to react to immune system intruders quicker in the future.

Kissing helps you pick the best mate

Many love gurus and relationship experts portray kissing as a form of "mate assessment." Much of the brain is committed to grabbing sensations from around the lips, cheeks, tongue, and nose. Out of the many cranial nerves, nearly half of them get info from sensors around the mouth.  These sensors are built to pick up on the most sensitive of emotions, the most unpredictable tastes, smells, touch and temperature.  When you're kissing someone, you can truly hear them, see them and feel them. Kissing is much more than a kiss. Kissing is a significant sign of who you are, what you need, and what you can offer a partner.

Different scientists note that kissing is science's method of figuring out who in nature you are most chemically compatible with. To summarize, when a kiss happens your body's years of evolution are evaluating compatibility with whom you're kissing.

You already knew that kissing rocks, but thanks to International Kissing Day you now have a few more reasons to pursue a smooch.  After all, it's for your good health.
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