You will be surprised if I were to tell you that chewing gum is not a modern thing. It has been around for over three thousand years. Everyone from Neolithic times to the ancient Greek used to chew gum in some form. The earliest gum was made of latex, and then it shifted to bark of birch tree, then different gums from various plants and grasses and finally the more modern version of flavored sweetened gum. From the ancient times gum was used to treat dental illness, as it was found to be antiseptic, to improve bad breath. So today we will look through some benefits of chewing gum.
Good for Teeth
Chewing on a bit of gum can actually do a great deal of good work for your teeth. If anyone has gum problems, cavities, and gingivitis, then chewing on that gum after meals is recommended by dentists themselves. When you chew gum it tends to increase the flow of saliva in your mouth. Saliva helps to reduce the formation of acid on your teeth. It is also antibacterial and hence it can cleanse your palate and also removes all the food particles that may be stuck in your teeth. Always look for gums that are sugar free and which contain xylitol as they can protect the enamel of the tooth.
Lots of studies have proved that chewing gum leads to an increase in your concentration and memory. As you chew on your gum, the movement of the jaw keeps your brain alert and hence improves concentration. It also increases the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain which is beneficial for the cognitive functions of the body. It helps to improve the reaction time of your actions by keeping you alert.
Research has shown that chewing on gum can help you relieve stress, tension, frustration and irritation. Many students were observed during their examination and it was found that those chewing on gum were not only more alert but were also more relaxed. So when you need to feel relaxed and remove that stress from your mind it might benefit you to chew on that gum.
Helps in Managing Weight
Do you have cravings that you cannot control? Do you chew on unhealthy snacks while watching TV? Well if you do then chewing gum can help you. Whenever we go for unhealthy snacking we tend to gain weight. Chewing gum can help you not directly but covertly. Whenever crave for a snack pop a gum into your mouth. It has far less calories than other snacks and hence will not add pounds and calories and ruin your diet.
Aids in Digestion
If you chew on gum after meals it will be very helpful. When you chew gum the flow of saliva also increases and so does the act of swallowing. Saliva helps to ease the acid that is formed in your stomach and will prevent heart burn. If you suffer from acid reflux it will benefit you to chew gum for at least 20 minutes after your meals. However you need to be careful that your gum is not peppermint flavored.
Many of us feel a slight pain in are ear when the plane is landing and taking off. Well chewing gum in such circumstances will help you relieve these symptoms. Chewing gum is also benefits by reliving nausea. If you are pregnant and suffering from morning sickness, chew some gum. Those looking for a plan to quit smoking can also chew on gum. It will not only help you kick the habit but will improve your breath as well. Also if you want a relief from dry mouth, chew on a gum as, it is known to increase the amount of saliva in your mouth. So happy chewing!