As we get closer to Valentine’s Day on the 14th, the 13th of February is observed and celebrated as Kiss Day. Kisses are a way of expressing your love and affection to your loved ones and are also linked with various health benefits.
The popular belief is that kissing can help you burn calories, reduce anxiety and stress, and improve your mood. When there are so many health benefits of kissing, it may be interesting to know what exactly happens when you kiss a loved one.
What happens inside your body when you kiss someone depends on a few factors like who you are kissing – if it a close family member, a friend, or a love interest. Which part of their body you are kissing can also have different effects of kissing in your own body.
However, since we are celebrating Kiss Day as part of Valentine’s week, let us know what happens when you kiss a love interest or your romantic partner.
How do your face and mouth react?
For some reason, whenever you feel that you want to kiss your partner, you tend to tilt your head to the right. As a result of the feeling, your lips tend to become way more sensitive than they already are.
The sensory fibres in your nose become more active because the smell has a role to play in how attracted you feel to someone. At the same time, your salivary glands start producing more saliva, to get you ready for a kiss.
What causes those butterflies in your stomach?
You often feel butterflies in your stomach, and a tingling feeling through your body when you finally kiss the person you like so much. This is because when you kiss the person you like or love, the blood flows to certain parts of your body increases. This includes body parts linked with sexual arousal.
What about the hormones?
We all know that all our feelings are controlled and triggered by the production of certain hormones in the body, as a result of certain activities or feelings. When you kiss someone you like, your adrenaline levels go up.
Kissing someone you like or love also produces a feeling of happiness, triggered by the production of dopamine in the body.
A study suggests that the dopamine produced by kissing can stimulate the same area of the brain that is activated by the use of cocaine or heroin. This is one of the reasons why kissing is so addictive, and you may get hooked to it.
Kissing can also cause the pituitary glands in each of your bodies to release oxytocin, called the bonding hormone, which may help the both of you form an emotional connect with each other if you are in the initial phase of your relationship.
How does kissing affect your mood?
Apart from the release of dopamine in the brain, other parts of the brain also shut down negative emotions when you kiss. The release of dopamine and adrenaline can help to improve your mood and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.
How is our physical health affected by kissing?
Kissing also leads to a few changes in the body which can have a positive effect on our physical health. Kissing can help reduce cholesterol and make your heart healthy. It can also help you burn calories and aid weight loss.
Abeg throw that wonderful KISS to me let me feel alright……….