I’m someone who chews gum all the time! It helps me manage stress and keep me awake (especially during a boring meeting or training). I never knew that chewing gum has benefits. The only benefit that I knew was that it’s a good workout for the facial muscles. I thought it will be a good idea to share the list of benefits with all of you!!
– Chewing gum helps improve oral health –
Research shows that chewing gum improves oral health and teeth specifically. Chewing gum increases saliva, which important component of oral health and powerful protector of the oral cavity. Stimulated saliva corrects a potentially harmful environment using its high concentration of buffers, minerals and antibacterial components. That helps to flush sugars, food debris and decay-causing acids out of the mouth.
Chewing sugar free gum brings about a lot of dental benefits. Sugar free chewing gum doesn’t cause tooth decay. It demineralizes tooth enamel and has an antimicrobial effect. Those who chewed sugar free gum after eating had fewer cavities than those who did not.
Chewing gum helps freshens breath, whitens teeth by reducing stains and preventing stains from accumulating and reduces plaque.
Chewing gum improves digestion –
Chewing gum helps to improve intestinal motility, also helps to increase saliva flow which promotes more frequent swallowing. This helps to prevent reflux of acid from the stomach back into the throat.
Chewing gum improves memory –
Researchers say, the chewing gum can help in improving memory and enhance cognitive powers. It seems that chewing gum is actually good for brain.
The Japanese research published in the journal Brain and Cognition suggests as many as eight areas of the brain are affected by the simple act of chewing.
The act of continuous chewing or moving of our jaw actually improves our memory. The activity in the area of our brain that is important for memory (the hippocampus) increases while people chew. Some research shows that insulin receptors in the hippocampus may be involved in memory. Chewing gum increases the glucose level which is body-and-mind fuel.
They found that people who chewed throughout tests produced significantly better scores than people who did not. There are a number of potential explanations for that.
One theory to explain the greater performance is that chewing increases arousal and leads to temporary improvements in blood flow to the brain.
Chewing gum helping to manage weight –
According to some studies the adults who chewed the gum ate 36 calories less of the snack than adults who did not chew gum. Both regular and sugar free chewing gum helped the adults to eat less.
The physical act of gum chewing may help to reduce your cravings for high calorie snacks. According to a group of scientists chewing gum can burn about 11 calories per hour.
Chewing gum reduces symptoms of stress –
Psychiatrists and psychologists believe that chewing gum reduce tension and help to release nervous energy. Chewing gum may provide an outlet for frustration and irritation.
Recent research has shown that the rhythmic motion of chewing gum has a stress-reducing effect because relaxed and satisfied feelings