Pucker up it might just save your life

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Aasma is kissing with renewed confidence after researching the health benefits

I heard an interesting fact on the radio the other day.

Apparently, those who kiss their partners goodbye every morning before leaving for work live around five years longer than those who don’t.

All these years Hubby has been saying his farewells before heading off, he hasn’t actually been being loving or affectionate, but craftily trying to extend his lifespan!

And what of the kissee? Do you get to live longer, too?

Kissing is a funny thing. It can be amazing, passionate and romantic rolled into one. Depending on who you are doing it with, of course.

But it turns out there is more to kissing than just locking lips.

Not only can it prolong life, there are other health benefits, too.

Did you know that kissing prevents tooth decay? The increased saliva production in your mouth during kissing washes away bacteria that causes decay, cavities and plaque build-up.

Funny, my dentist never mentioned this during my last check-up. His advice was to floss more, not step up the smooching.

Calorie burning is another gain. Reports say kissing burns between two and six calories a minute.

While it’s not going to do as much good as a half-hour sprint or a Zumba workout, you can probably negate the calories in a glass of wine with a snogging session.

Kissing is also supposedly a great way of preventing the outward signs of ageing. As you grow older, you naturally lose muscle elasticity and can end up with saggy cheeks and double chins.

Once again, kissing is the cure! Forget tightening your abs or slimming your thighs. Kissing uses 30 different facial muscles to give your face the workout it needs to fight sagginess and wrinkles.

Kissing is allegedly a great reliever of stress. With our busy lives, packed work schedules and looking after children and juggling their extracurricular activities, what better way to unwind at day’s end than by kissing your loved one?

It appears kissing releases oxytocin in your body, a natural calming chemical. It also increases endorphins, which give a feel-good sensation and dopamine, which elevates romantic feelings. Who would have thought kissing would lead to more chemicals being released than in your average school science lab?

Hit by hayfever during summer? Kissing will sort that! Research shows kissing decreases the growth of IgE antibodies in your blood – the antibodies which release the histamines responsible for allergy symptoms like watery eyes and sneezing.

Kissing is wonderful to the heart in a romantic sense, but also supposedly for its health, too. The more you kiss, the lower the chances of high cholesterol and blood pressure.

It’s not all about kissing your partner, but giving your children lots of kisses, too.

In our household, we are affectionate, kissy people, particularly when it comes to our children. Ever since our two were tiny, Hubby and I have smothered them with what feels like hundreds of kisses a day. There is something about babies with their silky skin and gorgeous smell that makes it impossible for me to hold one without giving it a kiss. Or a dozen.

As they have grown older, we have continued with the demonstrative affection and in turn, our kids are just as affectionate back. We dread the day when we become ‘Mum and Dad’ instead of ‘Mummy and Daddy’ and they shrug off our kisses for fear of being embarrassed in front of friends.

But after finding out all the facts about kissing, it seems we are teaching our children a valuable lesson – kissing is good for you.

Oh, and an interesting extra fact I learned about men who kiss their wives goodbye – apparently those who don’t and just slam the door instead are said to be more prone to traffic accidents.

That’s kissing karma!