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During kissing, couples exchange an average of 9 mL of water, 0.7 mg of protein, 0.18 mg of organic compounds, 0.71 mg of different fats, and 0.45 mg of sodium chloride. As many as 10 million to 1 billion bacteria representing 278 different species may be exchanged during an active kiss, with 95% of these organisms classified as nonpathogenic for individuals who are immunologically competent.more
The very act of osculation engages all the other senses: sight, hearing, smell and taste. You are literally in someone’s face so you can really get a good sampling of their scent (both of them and their breath). Did you know we have musk glands under our eyes? We are animals after all and it seems as though smell can help us judge the compatibility of the potential mates’ DNA.
Dopamine, the pleasure hormone, is released in the prefrontal cortex making us crave more. It affects the brain in the same way as addictive drugs or sugar. Dopamine is why, in the early blissful stages of a relationship, we’re totally preoccupied with thoughts of that other person, sometimes even losing sleep or our appetite.
There is a higher concentration of nerve endings in the lips compared to any other part of the body. Kissing involves five of our 12 cranial nerves and when the nerves in the lips are stimulated they send an amazing amount of stimulation to the brain. Consequently, the brain’s somatosensory cortex is more stimulated by the lips than by any other organ
the release of epinephrine and norepinephrine, our blood vessels and pupils dilate. In fact, the effect of our pupils’ dilating has been theorized as a reason we close our eyes when we kiss. Adrenaline makes our hearts race and we get more oxygen to our brain. It may be why we sometimes get that ‘weak in the knees’ feeling.
If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in a deep passionate kiss, you get a rush of serotonin. That’s when you really start to think about that person constantly. Researchers have found that the serotonin levels of individuals newly in the throes of a budding, passionate romance look a lot like those of people suffering from Obsessive-compulsive disorder! more
Real possibility of catching "cooties" .. if you read further, there is a ton of potential for transmitting disease along with the other stuff in the first link..But, true love is worth the risk..no?
originally posted by: blend57
Sorry to hear that.. hopefully some day that will change for you..if not, your choice is your choice and I can respect that..