This gross thing we do could actually be healthy for over 60s! 58



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We’ve all done this before – even if you claim you haven’t, we know it isn’t true! Perhaps it wasn’t intentional and you accidentally got too close, or you never saw it coming and it came out from nowhere getting you mid-laugh!

We’ve all had at least some kind of awkward kiss with our dog! And now, researchers believe that this weird and gross action may actually have significant health benefits.

Researchers from the University of Arizona are recruiting volunteers to take part in a study to test their theory.

They believe that the microbes living in a dog’s gut could act as probiotics helping to keep our immune system healthy and help our intestines well balanced too!

According to the Daily Mail, Dr Charles Raison from the University of San Diego has said, “We think dogs might work as probiotics to enhance the health of the bacteria that live in our guts. These bacteria, or microbiota, are increasingly recognised as playing an essential role in our mental and physical health, especially as we age”.

So there we have it! Next time you go in for a sloppy kiss or it’s an accident, don’t get embarrassed, think of it as giving yourself one big health boost!

Have you “accidentally” kissed your dog before? Or do you do it intentionally?

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  1. Yuck.I love my dog but no kissing or licking for me.I know where her mouth has been.

  2. My dog gives me a kiss often. Climbs up, paws on my shoulders and a lick, lick. Does the same to hubby and the grandchildren. Some people think it’s awful, but we don’t care, we see it as a sign of his love for us and our love for him.

  3. Ever watched when dogs meet other dogs? they sniff each others behind, if you want to kiss a dog after that..more power to you..but not me

  4. I never accidentally kiss my dogs – I deliberately kiss them and there is nothing gross about it IMO – we share a mutual love and understanding and they are an important part of my life and household

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