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Six Health Benefits Derived from kissing

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Despite the fact that kissing can be many things from sweet, loving, intense, to passionate, it’s been proven that there are actually health benefits that come with kissing.

Studies have revealed that individuals who kiss more often significantly decrease their levels of stress and are known to have even greater relationship satisfaction.



The following are a few interesting benefits of kissing

1. Boost ‘happy hormones’

Studies have disclosed that kissing triggers the brain to release a cocktail of chemicals that leave you feeling so good by igniting the pleasure centers of the brain. These chemicals include oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin, which  make you feel euphoric and encourage feelings of affection and bonding.

2. Lowers anxiety

Kissing has been shown to decrease  stress hormone cortisol while increasing serotonin – a chemical responsible for maintaining mood balance – levels in the brain. It has also been shown to have similar benefits to meditation, mainly from its ability to release oxytocin, also known as the ‘love’ hormone.

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3. Reduce blood pressure

Kissing also helps to dilate blood vessels, which may help lower blood pressure.

4. Fight cavities

Yes, you read that right. When you kiss, saliva production increases in your mouth increases, and this helps to wash away plaque on your teeth that may lead to cavities.

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5. Increases sex drive

Like mentioned above, kissing prompts your brain to release a happy elixir of feel-good chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. Additionally, testosterone – the hormone responsible for sex drive in both women and men – is released during prolonged kissing.

6. Gives immune system a boost

Just as saliva can help oral hygiene, it can also give your immune system a boost. There are more than 700 types of bacteria inside a human mouth – with no two alike. Therefore, exchanging saliva can introduce the body to new bacteria. Studies have shown that having a diverse number of bacteria in our bodies correlates with better health – specifically when it comes to our microbiota, or the collection of microorganisms living inside us.

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Cote d’Ivoire: Destroying the Killer Rice

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Authorities in Cote d’Ivoire have destroyed 18,000 tonnes of rice declared to be unfit for human consumption.

This follows tests carried out by the country’s consumer association which had demanded the government to do so after the cargo from Myanmar had been refused entry in Togo, Guinea and Ghana over quality issues.

The national and international quality control tests revealed the unfit nature of the rice.

It should be noted that most African countries depend on imports because local farmers are unable to meet the ever rising demands.

Source: Africanews

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Mali: Donkeys deliver vaccines as diseases spike with violence

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With spiraling ethnic violence exposing more children in Mali to fatal diseases, health workers are using donkeys and boats to deliver life-saving vaccines, charities said on Wednesday.

In the central Mopti region – where 157 people died in one attack last month – suspected measles cases rose five-fold in one year to 98 in 2018, U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said, due to a four-fold jump in unvaccinated children to 70,000.

Motorcycles, which health workers used to reach remote villages, have been banned to reduce militant activity, forcing them to use traditional means like horses, it said.

“The problem of vaccination is directly linked to the current conflict,” said Patrick Irenge, medical coordinator for the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), which is using cars and boats as mobile clinics to reach cut off communities.

“If there is a lull in the violence, a small window that opens, we organize a vaccination campaign.”

Last month’s massacre was the deadliest to date in a conflict between Dogon hunters and Fulani herders which has displaced tens of thousands of civilians in the West African country since it escalated last year.

Pneumonia is one of the top killers of children in Mali and it can be prevented with vaccines – as can measles – but it is too dangerous for many parents to venture out with children.

“Transport is difficult because we don’t have the means to rent a vehicle or a horse cart,” said Aissata Barry, a 34-year-old mother in the village of Kankelena, about 4 km (2.5 miles) from the nearest health center in the town of Sofara.

“There are rapists on the road. That’s what we’re afraid of,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone, adding that one of her neighbors was raped two weeks ago.

Mamadou Kasse, a local health worker who vaccinated Barry’s children, said the number of children he can reach each day has fallen since he swapped his motorbike for an eight-hour ride in a donkey cart with a cooler full of vaccines.

Reporting by Nellie Peyton; Editing by Katy Migiro. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking, property rights, and climate change. Visit news.trust.org

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