Health Benefits of Chewing Gum

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jan 29, 2015

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One of the most obvious effects of chewing gum is the instant fresh breath that it provides. Chewing gum can improve dental health, alertness, mental health and help people lose calories.
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    Chewing Gum is Good for You

    You may find it annoying to see others chew gum with their mouth wide open. Leaving the irritation aside, chewing gums have no negative health aspects but many benefits. One of the most obvious effects of chewing gum is the instant freshness of breath that it provides. Chewing gum can improve dental health, alertness, mental health and help people lose calories.

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    Improves Oral Hygiene

    Chewing gum is not a substitute for brushing and flossing, but can be supplementary to it. A study in the journal PLoS ONE suggests that chewing gum may be as beneficial to oral hygiene as flossing. In the study, researchers had five subjects chew gum for different lengths of time. After they were done, the researchers found up to 100 million bacteria in gums. This is quite close to the amount of bacteria removed from a good flossing.

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    Freshens the Breath

    One of the easiest things you can do about bad breath is chew gum. When you chew gum, saliva is stimulated to keep the mouth fresh and maintain oral health. Moreover, the antibacterial properties of the chewing gum cleanse out the remnants of food particles. If you chew sugar-free gum, the better it is. Sugar-free chewing gum protects the enamel and lessens tooth cavities.

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    Chews the Fat Off

    We have all heard the phrase 'chew the fat with gum' at some point of time. Chewing gum requires the expenditure of energy. It sends the signal to the brain like it does when you are eating. As a result, digestive process and metabolism get a boost. Chewing gum can help burn 10 to 20 calories per hour, and thus, contribute to fight fat off.

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    Keeps you Focused

    It also focuses the mind, which adds to the success. You may have seen cricketers chew gum on the field; that is for the same reason. A study in the British Journal of Psychology suggests that chewing gum maintains better concentration, fastens reflexes and improves attention.

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    Relieves Stress

    Feeling stressed? Chew a gum! Chewing gums is linked with stress reduction. It decreases anxiety and increases alertness. When you are irritated and frustrated, chewing gum can lessen the irritation and frustration.

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    Prevents Overeating

    Chewing gum is not a foolproof solution to keep you from eating all the time, but you can help prevent it. Chomping stimulates the saliva production, which in turn activates stomach acid. This confuses the brain and you feel less hungry.

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    Improves Digestion

    Chewing a gum after having a meal can improve digestion. The reason behind this is that the saliva produced while chewing gum keeps the acid level maintained in the stomach. As a result, digestion is better. Another reason for chewing gum after a meal is to protect the teeth from decaying.

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    Helps Kick the Smoking Habit

    If you smoke and want to quit, chewing gum can help. It is the cravings that keep smokers from quitting completely. Chewing gum is a great way to reduce your cravings and reinforce your commitment to not smoke. You may also go for nicotine gums if gums that are not mint based don’t seem to help.

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