Philematology: Science of Kissing!

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–––Kissing is a great way to stay healthy!

Primates, lions, birds, moose, even elephants… they all kiss. Bonobo monkeys even kiss with open mouths. And humans?

On average, we spend upto 2 weeks kissing in our lifetime. So there must be something healthy about it, right?

The science of kissing actually has a name: Philematology. Research on the subject from the American Association for the Advancement of Science hints at what many already believe-in many ways, kissing is good for you.

–– Easiest and pleasant way to burn calories.

Kissing burns calories; 2-3 calories a minute to be precise. Kissing might even help you lose weight. During a really, really passionate kiss, you might burn two calories a minute, double your metabolic rate. Research claims that three passionate kisses a day (lasting at least 20 seconds each) can cause you to loose an entire extra pound. Now.there’s a diet you may be able to stick with.

Long kisses are beneficial to our circulatory system. When kissing, our pulse rate can race up to 110 beats per minute. So yes, your heart does beat faster before, during and after a kiss. Our lungs work harder too, resulting in 60 inhales per minute compared to regular 20 inhales. Such “ventilation” is known to be a good preventive measure against lung diseases.

So yes, kissing is good for the heart. A little necking creates an adrenaline which causes your heart to pump more blood around your body. Frequent kissing has scientifically been proven to stabilise cardiovas- cular activity, decrease blood pressure and cholesterol. During a kiss, there will be release of several hormones in a human body that can create a state of well-being, pleasure, and/or even thrill. The main hormone among these is Dopamine. Our brains get signaled to produce oxytocin, a hormone that makes us feel good. It’s a scientific fact that biology like this causes one kiss to prompt another (as if you didn’t know that already.)

Kissing is also known to be a good stress-reliever. Besides using a kiss as a great way of making up after an argument, just about any kiss good can lower your cortisol hormone levels. These are the hormones that are directly associated with ‘stress’ in your body and that help relieve tension. Additionally, kissing induces many of the same helpful brain waves and chemistry changes that meditation often effect.

Ever feel light headed during a good kiss? During a, are we say, passionate kiss, our blood vessels dilate and our brains receive more oxygen than normal. Cheeks flush, pulses quicken and our pupils dilate (which may be one reason that so many of us close our eyes). That dreamy feeling may just be science at work.

So do people actually see stars while making out? Do fireworks explode, or does the earth shake after a really good smooch? The scientific data has yet to prove that with humans. And as of yet, the Bonobo monkeys ain’t kiss and telling.

…shabab khan’s blog


About Shabab Khan

A Journalist, Philanthropist; Author of 'The Magician', 'Go!', 'Brutal'. Being a passionate writer, I am into Journalism and writing columns, news stories, articles for top media house. Twitter: @khantastix
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