Next Time When You’re Nervous, Try Chewing Gum, Researchers Suggest
Your daily habit might be the health kick you are looking for. Studies have shown that there are a number of benefits related to gum chewing. And while the sugar-free kind is by far the best, read the list of reasons below and chew on – guilt free.
It Reduces Your Anxiety Levels
Tests showed that chewing gum each day for a period of two weeks significantly reduced anxiety levels. In fact levels were said to reduce almost immediately.
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It Helps Lift Your Mood
By stimulating blood flow and saliva, chewing gum gives you a buzz. Paired with the sensory hit of flavour and smell, chewing gum can really put a smile on your dial.
It Lowers Levels of Cortisol, The “Stress Hormone”
One of the most active benefits of gum chewing is its lowering of cortisol levels, otherwise known as the stress hormone. Studies show that cortisol is less present in saliva when chewing gum, so keep a few sticks at the ready in your next exam.
It Increases Alertness And Blood Flow To The Brain
Up to eight parts of the brain can be affected by chewing, and that temporary improvements to the brain are a side effect of your mastication.
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It Enhances Memory Function And Attention Span
Studies show that those who chew gum retain more memory and can recall information at a rate of more than 10% than those who don’t. Your mind will thank you!
As mentioned – choose the sugar-free kind, as chewing gum CAN sometimes lead to teeth problems, and also gastrointestinal issues if not consumed carefully …
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