Kiss . It sets in motion about 29 muscles (12 of the lips and 17 of the tongue), the heart rate goes from 70 to 140 per minute, and even 3 to 12 calories are lost, depending on the intensity. It undoubtedly has great affective power in filial ties, because when a child is given affection, he is being taught to love.


Kiss concept

The word comes from the Latin Basium action of kissing and kissing from the Latin basiare, touching some things with the lips, contracting and gently expanding them, to express Love , Friendship, or reverence. The kiss is the clearest way of expressing affection, expressing feelings, emotions and passions and the mouth, according to Freudian theory, is the first place where sexual desire settles even in the third millennium, it continues to be a mystery. Its beginnings go back to the baby’s sucking impulse, or to the primitive tribes’ custom of sniffing and smelling each other.It is also interpreted as a legacy of the Cro-Magnon communities, when the mother fed her young by passing food from her mouth to that of the little one. . Others claim that it arose as a result of a Roman law that prevented women from drinking wine.When they got home, each husband forced his own to exhale his breath, while he brought his lips to hers, to make sure that he had not drunk . In case it smelled like alcohol,she was punished with penalties as severe as those reserved for adulteresses.

But the truth is that researchers have not yet reached an agreement on the issue of origin, since even cannibalistic rites are included in the hypotheses. Several notes specify that it was not until the sixth century when the kiss ceased to be seen only as a show of affection between the mother and her son, to also express passion among adults. However, during the Industrial Revolution, in various corners of the globe it was prohibited. People could no longer (or should not) kiss in public, but that condemnation is not exclusive to the past, the marches are still close in Indonesia in the middle of 2006 to censor kisses in the street. The protesters, most of them women wearing long veils, expressed their rejection of street caresses and erotic poetry. Similar proposals also appeared in Moscow to accuse those who were caught kissing in the middle of the road or other places with large crowds.

Where do I kiss you?


Formerly it was used to kiss the hand of that person with a higher social level, or the one with the highest hierarchy in the family, such as parents, grandparents or great-grandparents. That gesture was a show of respect rather than affection; on the other hand, two people with the same conditions kissed each other on the cheek, with a meaning of closeness. In cultures such as Celtic , this form of caress was said to have healing powers, while in the Middle Ages , the knight who kissed a lady on the lips was obliged to marry her.

The chemistry of the kiss

Around two million bacteria and 40,000 microorganisms change owners after a kiss. However, when kissing, the body produces all kinds of neuropeptides, chemicals that prevent infection. Kissing stimulates saliva, which removes food particles from the teeth, it also reduces the acid level that causes cavities and dental plaque. Filemamania , is the scientific name for the desire to kiss. According to experts, if there is mental communion and enough physical attraction in the kiss, the avalanche of chemical processes that take place causes a real shock in the body. The effect is so overwhelming that, according to some biologists, it could be compared to an overdose of Amphetamines. During a high intensity kiss, dopamine (a substance associated with the feeling of well-being) and Testosterone (hormone) associated with sexual desire increase, and the adrenal glands secrete Adrenaline and Noradrenaline , which increase blood pressure and heart rate .

At the same time, the pituitary gland, located at the base of the brain, releases oxytocin., a magical hormone that, in addition to making us feel like floating, they say has helped a lot to perpetuate the human species. In addition, the act of kissing also stimulates the part of the brain that releases endorphins (hormones of happiness) into the bloodstream, creating a feeling of well-being, being an antidote to depression, and improving the body’s defenses. Scientifically it is proven that the kiss is made up of 60 percent water; 0.7 percent fat; 0.4 percent salt; 0.7 percent protein and millions of bacteria. A three minute kiss burns only fifteen calories. Kisses make lips swell with blood, turn red, and glisten with saliva. In addition, kissing increases the secretion of saliva, which drains dead cells and bacteria and therefore improves breath.

Does the kiss heal?

Stories and speculations aside, today’s scientists do agree on the therapeutic powers of this gift of human nature. The British organization Relate, which provides psychological counseling in relationships and sexual therapy; ensures that there is extensive documentation demonstrating the many benefits of kissing another person. Such information indicates at that moment a part of the brain is stimulated, which releases oxytocin into the bloodstream, resulting in a sensation of pleasure. The AIDS virus is not spread by kissing, unless blood is flowing. However, “the kissing disease”, another name for Mononucleosis , or Pfeiffer’s Disease, caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, if it is transmitted through saliva and especially affects young adults and students.

The Oxytocin is a hormone that also involved in some basic functions such as infatuation, orgasm, childbirth and breastfeeding, likewise is related to affection, tenderness and the act of touching. On the other hand, passionate kisses cause the release of adrenaline in the blood, obtaining an increase in heart rate and blood pressure. The organization Relate emphasizes that the kisses that provide more benefits for health and to combat sadness are not those in which only the lips meet, without much passion or emotion involved.

The “more exciting” and passionate the kisses, “the more adrenaline is released into the blood”, and the greater the benefits, says the British organization. So you decide who, where and how to kiss him, the suggestion is to do it in such a way that it is not an empty reflection but an act full of emotions and health.

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