Chewing Gum is Not Just Candy - Health Benefits of Gum
Do you love chewing gum throughout your day? Did you know that sugarless gum actually has multiple benefits. So go ahead, pop another stick of gum in your mouth!
Gum has been around since ancient times. It was originally made from tree sap. Today is it made from various elastomers, resins, and waxes.
Usually thought of as candy, the ADA recognizes that gum can actually protect teeth. Be aware that not all brands are in this category though and some are full of sugar. Make sure to look for the ADA accepted seal and that the gum you are chewing is sugar free.
The act of chewing gum actually increases saliva production. If gum is chewed after eating the increased saliva helps to neutralize and wash away acid from the food. If the acid is left on your teeth it can lead to enamel loss and eventually tooth decay. Studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes a day can help prevent tooth decay. You should note that chewing gum does not replace the need for regular brushing and flossing.
The increased saliva production also helps to relieve dry mouth. Chewing gum stimulates saliva production by up to ten times the normal, non chewing rate.
Chewing gum goes beyond just protecting your teeth. A study conducted by University of Liverpool found that chewing gum can curb your food cravings, which can lead to you making better eating choices.
Chewing gum also helps you burn calories, even though it may be only eleven per hour. Those eleven can add up over time.
Looking for a simple way to improve your memory? You got it, chew gum! Chewing gum increases blood flow to your brain. Professor Andrew Sholey discovered your short term memory can be improved by up to 35% by simply chewing gum.
If you are experiencing acid reflux (heartburn) after a meal chewing gum can lower the acid levels in your esophagus.
If you are struggling with the afternoon slump a study found that chewing gum can help you fight drowsiness. The chewing movement of the jaw is thought to stimulate nerves and parts of the brain associated with arousal. Mint flavored gum is especially helpful in combating the midday yawns.
So remember, chewing gum does actually have many health benefits just make sure it is sugarless.