Benefits Of Chewing Gum


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Since the past thousands of years people in many parts of the world have been using chewing gum as their favorite pastime and a means to get away from boredom. The Greeks chewed masticha that was made of resin obtained from the mastic tree. The sap of sapodilla tree was used for preparing chewing gum by the Mayans. In the year 1871 Thomas Adams got the exclusive rights to a machine that was able to produce the present day chewing gum. Apart from being a time pass, chewing gum has numerous benefits to its users which include:

1.Aids in enhancing memory.
The act of nonstop chewing and moving the jaws helps to enhance and improve your memory. As a result of continuous chewing, the activity in the hippocampus area of the brain increases. This area is responsible for memory enhancement. Also the insulin receptors in this area are involved in memory enhancement as chewing gum boosts up the level of glucose in the brain and this is main fuel for the working of the brain.

2.Improves cognitive powers.
Chewing gum enhances the rate of blood flow into the brain. As the heart rate increases delivery of oxygen to the brain also increases. A net result of all this is enhancement in cognitive powers of the person. Also the act of continuous chewing increases both the heartbeat and the blood pressure just sufficient to let the right and left hemispheres of the brain to work together more efficiently.

3.Aids in reducing symptoms of stress
Continuous act of chewing gum increases concentration and alertness especially when appearing for a test. According to some psychologists chewing gum helps in reducing tension and releasing nervous energy. Chewing acts as an aid for relaxation and acts as an effective stress reliever.

4.Aids in weight loss.
A standard chewing gum contains around 5 to 10 calories in each serving. Eating a chewing gum adds very little to the calorie content of your body. Also, as you are occupied for some period of time, so your desire for eating high calorie food will automatically go down. It also suppresses your appetite as you are doing the act of chewing, so your stomach feels full without eating much. With the effect of all the above, you gradually lose weight.

5.Improves digestion
Chewing gum helps to increase the flow of saliva in the mouth, which it turn encourages frequent swallowing. As a result, the movement of acid from stomach to the throat is prevented. It also aids in improving the intestinal motility, thus improving the overall digestion process.

6.Helps to maintain oral health.
Chewing gum is an excellent act for maintaining oral health especially the teeth.
So instead of wasting time waiting for your turn in a long queue, buy a chewing gum for yourself and get all the benefits of eating this inexpensive product so readily available in the market.

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2 Responses

  1. Musashi

    March 24, 2010 3:57 pm

    Excellent info! In some studies, chewing gum with Xylitol has also reduced the occurrence of ear infections too.

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