As if you needed an excuse to steal a kiss from your sweetheart, here's another reason to swap spit when the clock hits midnight on January 1: It may improve your health, according to Dutch scientists.
They found that 80 million microbes are exchanged during a 10-second French kiss. While this sounds gross, it may be good for you. Study co-author Remco Kort, PhD, professor of microbial genomics at the University of Amsterdam, explains that getting bacteria from your environment ultimately leads to an increase in bacterial diversity. "There are some indications that this is actually good for your health because you will be able to have more resistance against invasions of disease-causing microorganisms," said Kort.
Just be advised that this is for healthy individuals. If you have a cold or the flu, please keep your germs to yourself. (And use these cold- and flu-fighting herbs to get better!)
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