Your Body On... Chewing Gum
The health boons go way beyond minty fresh breath
Who said gum is for ditzes? Au contraire: it may improve your powers of concentration. In one study, gum chewers were faster and more accurate at a mental task than those who tackled the same problems sans the sticky stuff. Other research has found that chewing fires up your neurons, increasing brain signals in five different regions.
The sugarless variety can be good for your teeth. It increases the flow of saliva, which helps neutralise and wash away toothharming acid from your food. But take note: while any gum can increase saliva, chewing one with sugar could nix any benefits.
Chewing gum for 30 minutes after eating a high-fat meal may reduce acid reflux symptoms, especially heartburn, according to a study in the Journal of Dental Research.
Study subjects who chomped a piece for 45 minutes after lunch snacked 10-percent less later on, leading researchers to believe a stick may suppress hunger.
Gum can help you poop better. C-section patients who typically have trouble returning to their usual gastrointestinal routines post-op resumed regular movements faster when they had gum three times a day. Researchers believe chewing may jump-start the digestive system and get things moving again. Patients also had fewer issues with nausea.