The surprising medical facts behind what a good kiss can do to your body!

Kissing is one of those things that’s built into our DNAs. Nobody ever taught us how to kiss (well, except this guy), we just..went with the flow, and it felt good. But its astonishing, what actually happens in our body while we kiss. There are a number of chemical and psychological reactions that happen while we kiss. Find out!


Rafael Wlodarski’s Experiments on Kissing

Rafael is a DPhil student at Oxford University’s Department of Experimental Psychology. In his experiments supported two of the existing hypotheses about why we kiss.

First, we kiss to assess potential mates.

Second, we kiss the mate we’ve found to maintain attachment.

And while kissing may result in arousal, he says, it’s probably not a driving reason why people in romantic relationships kiss each other. Killjoy.

Wlodarksi also concluded from the response that men and women value kissing for different reasons.

“Men are more likely to initiate kissing before sex, when it might be used for arousal purposes, whereas women are more likely to initiate kissing after sex, where it might better serve a relationship maintenance function,” he writes.

What happens in your body when you Kiss?

Its all good, obviously. A lot of good.

More love.

The bio-chemical thrill which follows the kiss, produce a strong increase in the levels of oxytocin, a hormone deeply affecting sociability, love and self-confidence.

A more active brain.

“When you kiss an enormous part of the brain becomes active,” according to Helen Fisher, a research professor of anthropology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.

Less stress.

Kissing releases chemicals that reduce stress hormones, according to Wendy Hill, a neuroscience professor and provost and dean of the faculty at Lafayette College in Easton, Penn.

More saliva = More fun.

Yes, apparently, in males, the male hormone of fertility, textosteron, reaches the female body through his saliva thus stimulating female libido and female saliva on the contrary, is richer in oxytocin and estrogens – i.e. female hormones which favour the emotional union with the partner.

Lot of exchange happening there on a chemical level.

Here’s a video that talks about the science behind kissing.

Sources : Biochemistry of the kissCNN, NPR

Want to be a Philematologist?

By, the way did you know that there is an entire branch of science that is devoted to studying the art and chemistry of kissing? Its called philematology (Ref: CNN).

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