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How does Gum Chewing affect your Health?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Apr 17, 2012
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How does Gum Chewing affect your Health

Chicle chewing may be a style statement, but there is more to it than just that. Chewing gum has its own way of bringing about changes in one’s health. Here is how gum chewing affects your health:

 

Boosts Mental Strength


Chewing gum adds to enhanced brain activity in a variety of ways. Several psychologists are of the view that chewing gum helps one boost memory. The view can be traced back to a study in which a group of people were divided into two groups; one was given gum to chew for a certain period of time and the other was not. It was concluded that the group that was given gum to chew had higher test scores compared with the other group. The boost in memory may be linked to the chewing motion. When the gun is chewed, the hippocampus (part of the brain that controls memory) gets stimulated. Besides, chewing gum increases heart rate and helps deliver oxygen to the brain, effectively.

 

Burns Calories


Chewing gum helps to burn the calories, especially if the gum is sugar-free though a sugar-coated gum will increase the number of calories when the juice from the gum is swallowed. Chewing gum may be the best solution to losing weight if you are looking forward to it. Besides, a sugar-free gum contains very few calories that will be an ideal snack and therefore, keep your diet healthy.

 

Reduces Stress


Chewing gum can help one fight the blues. Researches have shown that those who chew gums during an exam or while studying are more alert. Chewing gum reduces the level of cortisol in the body. Cortisol is a hormone that is released when the body is put through a tensed state, thereby causing stress.


Improves Oral Health


You may have been used to rebuke for chewing your favourite candy as a child due to its toll on oral health. Fortunately, chewing gum won’t invite rebuke even remotely. In fact, chewing sugar-free gum enhances oral health. It stimulates the production of saliva, which is one of the primary sources of maintaining oral health. Saliva has antibacterial properties that can flush the food debris, sugar and other harmful acids out of your mouth.

 

Enhances Digestion


If you are in the habit of chewing gums after meals, you are likely to have a healthy digestion. Chewing gums makes you swallow repeatedly because of an increased production of saliva, which thereby allows the digestive acids to move down to the stomach and initiate digestion.

 

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