When was the last time you had a pash? You know the kind I’m talking about, a full on, steamy, knee trembling, hungry pash… “Aaaaah,” you say, “Now I remember!”
Well, for most of us it has been too long on quick little pecks and a kiss and a cuddle here and there. No better feel-good, loved-up way to beat stress, tiredness, and the mundane than a fabulous snog.
Eliza Blackwood, Naturopath at Outreach Health says the health benefits of loving and being loved are well documented, easing all types of conditions, stress in particular. There are several studies that show that passionate kissing can decrease levels of the hormone cortisol, which is released in response to stress.
Great, I hear you say, a natural stress relief, but now I just have to find the energy! Well, did you know that kissing burns calories at a rate of 2-3 calories a minute, and can double your metabolic rate?
Research claims that three passionate kisses a day (lasting at least 20 seconds each) will cause you to lose nearly half a kilo! How brilliant is that?! Warming up? There’s more!
If you kiss your partner goodbye each morning you could live five years longer than those who don’t. Kissing is good for the heart as it creates adrenaline, which causes your heart to pump more blood around your body.
Lots of kissing has scientifically been proven to stabilize cardiovascular activity and decrease blood pressure and cholesterol.
Kissing can help relieve pain and keep you healthy. During a kiss, natural antibiotics are secreted in the saliva, and this saliva contains a type of anaesthetic that helps relieve pain.
Kissing reduces anxiety and stops the ‘noise’ in your mind, as it increases the levels of oxytocin, an extremely calming hormone that produces a feeling of peace.
The endorphins produced by kissing are 200 times more powerful than morphine.
Passionate kissing relieves tension, reduces negative energy and produces a sense of well being.
Who knew a fantastic pash could prolong or even save your life, help lose a few kilos, and make you feel fabulous? Now where’s that husband of mine? Let’s just hope he doesn’t have a heart attack with the sudden shock of my newly found passion!