Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Love Is the Drug; Forget Love Sickness, Falling for Someone Special Might Be the Best Medicine Available Says VICKI GRIMSHAW

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Love Is the Drug; Forget Love Sickness, Falling for Someone Special Might Be the Best Medicine Available Says VICKI GRIMSHAW

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Byline: VICKI GRIMSHAW

KISSING BOOSTS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM A GOOD old snog isn't just fun - it can also help ght o germs.

Dutch scientists recently reported that 80 million bacteria are passed on during a 10-second kiss.

By sharing these germs, couples can actually help boost each other's immune system.

Professor Remco Kort of the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientic Research who tested 21 kissing couples said: "It is a great example of exposure to a gigantic number of bacteria in a short time."

| Hugging: Cuddles can calm us down ..AND MAKES YOU SLIMMER! PASSI P ONATE NATE NA kissing is also good for the metabolism as it burns up extra calories, experts believe.

When we're in an intimate embrace, our Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is raised. Increasing this rate helps lose the pounds, making us tter.

In her book Kissing - Everything You You Ever E Wanted to Know About One of Life's Sweetest Holding | Can help to alleviate pleasures, Andrea Demirijian reckons the eects on metabolism shouldn't be under-estimated.

She says "It can burn up to two to six calories a minute, compared to 11 calories on a treadmill."

A HUG LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE SIMPLY holding your loved one's hand can help reduce the strain on your heart, researchers at the University of North Carolina discovered.

In test conditions, one group held their partner's hand for 10 minutes while watching a romantic lm, followed by a 20-second hug.

A second test group had no contact with their partner. Both groups were asked to give a public speech, and the group that enjoyed the physical contact was found to be calmer with a lower heart rate and reduced blood pressure. Researcher Dr Karen Grewen said physical contact before a tough day at work "could carry over and protect you through the day".

hands: SHARING HELPS YOU LIVE LONGER A REPORT published last month found that you're more likely to make positive health changes if your partner makes them too.

make positive health changes if your partner makes them too.

e study, partly e study, partly funded by the British Heart Foundation, discovered that by involving your partner, the chances of quitting smoking, losing weight or being more active improve dramatically. It found that 50% of women successfully quit their habit if their partner supported them compared to just 8% who did it alone.

HOLDING HANDS CAN RELIEVE PAIN HOLDING her husband's hand can minimise a woman's feelings of pain, says a study. "Researchers studied people that experienced electrical shocks and found that holding someone's hand ameliorated the pain and the perception of pain," says psychiatrist Dr Joseph Hullett.

ese feelings decreased even more when the female subjects in loving marriages held their husband's hand. …

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