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We all know and love chewing gum, whether it is that sticky substance that we used to find stuck under our desks at school, to the more adult use of attempting to “look cool”. In fact it has been known to exist since the Neolithic period. But did you know that chewing gum also has many beneficial effects?
Surprisingly, chewing gum does not only help you suppress boredom, but it will also provide you with some further health benefits. Recent studies have revealed that chewing gum can actually give you a number of health improvements such as memory enhancement, stress reduction, weight management and aid in correct digestion. Here are some of surprising health advantages of chewing gum.
Alleviates Symptoms of Stress and Tension
The act of chewing aids in alleviating stress and in decreasing anxiety symptoms. Recent studies disclose that students who chewed gum during, or just before tests, tended to be more focused and alert as a result. Chewing helps you relax by suppressing the stress and tension associated with exams, as it helps in loosening up tension and release nervousness. It also gives your brain something sub-consciously to focus on; distracting you from the tasks or event that you may be worrying about.
Chewing gum helps promote production and flow of saliva in the mouth. Saliva is known to aid in the reduction of acid in the mouth area, thus preventing tooth decay. More to that, an increased production of saliva helps stimulate frequent swallowing which in effect boost intestinal motility.
Aids in Weight Management
As we have previously discussed, chewing gum is a great way of keeping your mouth occupied and thus reduces your snack yearning level. More to the point, it contains a low calorie count making it a great and a cheaper chew snack for those watching their weight.
Potential Memory Enhancer
Studies have shown that chewing gum is a potential memory enhancer. It can also help to boost cognitive abilities. It has been revealed that students, who chewed gum whilst taking an exam, yielded a significantly higher score than those who did not chew throughout the exam period.