Do you like to chew gum? Are you addicted, but feel guilty? Well to your surprise chewing gum actually can be rewarding. It boosts memory, a stress buster, increase neural activity, gives you a wake up and is a wonderful exercise for jaw and other facial muscles. It may be associated with a taboo as some misuse it to create mischief, but if done in a disciplined manner, it is a wonder activity.
Chewing gum has certain direct benefits to counter stress. Generally stress causes anxiety, unstable cortisol release, tiredness and other associated symptoms. We at times resort to unnecessary eating, sleeping or feeling low. Chewing gum reverses most of the effects. It regulates salivary cortisol levels, keeps us active to concentrate on the issue in hand, reduces anxiety and help to remain alert. Slowly chewing gum can help keep us away from binge eating and concentrate on tasks in hand keeping a level head.
Gum increases brain activity
Enhancement of memory, brain performance, and better concentration are few proven benefits as suggested by many reports. Many effects may still remain mystery, however glucose delivery and arousal mechanism (especially with gums having strong flavors) are most evident direct influences of chewing gum. Hence if you want concentration and memory, just pop in a gum.
Chewing gum allows brain to continuously do an activity which soon although becomes automatic but involves certain neural activities. This leads to alertness on account of cerebral activity. Strong flavored gums further gives us a sense of arousing leading to better concentration and reducing daytime sleepiness. ,
As the world realizes the benefits of chewing gum, more functional and beneficial gums are available in the market. Besides keeping your mouth busy it now provides multi-vitamins and minerals. A sugar-free gum help avoid unnecessary calories being fed otherwise in the system. Minerals added to the gums along with certain medication is the new thing being experimented. Once mix with saliva, the system delivers the medicine slowly and for longer period. Also effectiveness is increased due to the process close to food digestion cycle.
Research at various levels are still on to further elucidate the benefits of chewing gum. Hence next time you feel low, just pop in a chewing gum.