free-downloads CSEVideos


5 Surprising Health Benefits of Chewing Gum

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Hala, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. Hala

    Hala Golden Member Verified Doctor

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2013
    Messages:
    1,677
    Likes Received:
    618
    Trophy Points:
    4,075
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    Cairo
    Practicing medicine in:
    Egypt

    If you have a habit of popping a chewing gum in your mouth after a meal or when you’re bored, then you’ll be glad to know that surprising health benefits of chewing gum are now being discovered. Read on to learn why chewing gum might actually be good for you.


    1. Boosts Mental Power


    Chewing gum boosts brain activity in several ways. For instance, psychologists have discovered that chewing gum can help you enhance your memory. An experiment was conducted where two groups of people took the same examination. One group was given gum to chew while the other was not. Results showed that the gum-chewing group got higher test scores. This boost in memory might be linked to the chewing motion of the jaw. When you chew gum, your hippocampus becomes stimulated. The hippocampus is the part of the brain which plays a major role in memory. Aside from boosting your memory, chewing gum also encourages more blood flow to the brain. When you chew gum, your heart rate increases and more oxygen is delivered to your brain area.


    2. Reduces Stress and Tension


    Chewing gum can help you fight stress and anxiety. Research has shown that students who chew gum during exams tend to be more alert and focused. This is because gum helps you cope with the stress that is often associated with tests. Stress is not the only negative emotion that chewing gum can help you through. Whenever you feel irritated or frustrated, you might find that chewing gum can help you relax.


    3. Contributes to Weight Loss


    If you’re currently trying to lose weight, chewing gum can also prove to be beneficial for you. The next time you crave a snack or a second helping of dessert, pop a stick of gum into your mouth instead. Since gum contains very few calories per serving, it makes an ideal snack that will not ruin your diet. The act of chewing and the flavor of the gum will help you fight your cravings for other snacks that are high in calories and fats.


    4. Improves Oral Health


    You were probably told when you were little that sweets and candy can rot your teeth. However, chewing gum might just do the opposite. If you tend to suffer from oral health problems like bad breath or gum infection, you might want to chew some gum to relieve these symptoms. When you chew gum, your saliva production is also stimulated. If you didn’t know already, saliva is the most important factor when it comes to maintaining good oral health. Saliva has antibacterial properties and can help flush out food debris, remaining sugars and other harmful acids in your mouth. Sugarfree gum has also been found to be effective in protecting the enamel of your teeth. In fact, chewing on some sugar-free gum after meals can lessen your tooth cavities.


    5. Improves Digestion


    You might not be aware of it but chewing gum can also improve your digestion, as long as you chew your gum after meals. Notice how you frequently swallow while chewing your gum, because of excess saliva production? This helps keep digestive acids down in your stomach.

    Source
     

    Add Reply

  2. Abdulmalik Mumin

    Abdulmalik Mumin Active member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2014
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    25
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Medical student
    Location:
    Ibadan, Nigeria
    Practicing medicine in:
    Nigeria
    Quite enlightening ! My biochemistry lecturer used to discourage his students most especially the female student from chewing the gum.
     

  3. amin_naeem

    amin_naeem Young Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2013
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    5
    Gender:
    Male
    Practicing medicine in:
    Saudi Arabia
    Where is the document for this article ?
    Any paper or study please.
     

  4. Dilan

    Dilan Young Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2013
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    20
    Gender:
    Male
    Practicing medicine in:
    Hungary
    This is just a copy/paste from the page mentioned in Source. But original page doesn't cite the papers...
     

  5. Mdhardcorez

    Mdhardcorez Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2014
    Messages:
    185
    Likes Received:
    20
    Trophy Points:
    245
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Washington D.C.
    Practicing medicine in:
    United States
    Great and interesting info. But lack of scientific papers does make this claim less credible especially if we are practicing evidence based medicine.
     

    raffy gutman and dr chiqs like this.
  6. faiza abderrahmani

    faiza abderrahmani Active member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2013
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    50
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    Algiers, Algeria
    Practicing medicine in:
    Algeria
    great i love chewing gum thank you
     

  7. Mr Hassan Elmi

    Mr Hassan Elmi Young Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2014
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    15
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Borama
    Practicing medicine in:
    Somalia
    That is good news. No need farther info. We can understand that while chewing, production of sallive is enhanced and digestion speeds up.
     

  8. Mdhardcorez

    Mdhardcorez Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2014
    Messages:
    185
    Likes Received:
    20
    Trophy Points:
    245
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Washington D.C.
    Practicing medicine in:
    United States
    Not to blow your horn - we all know that saliva production is important in our digestive system and oral hygiene as seen in pts w Sjogren's for increased dental issues. But in normal individuals vs pts really chew gums - is there really a statistical significance?! Need studies to show. Just like most recently published paper on daily Vitamin supplements in normal individuals - they MAKE NO DIFFERENCE!!!! You have just advised your pt to bleed more money to the pharm companies!! Hence evidence based medicine.
     

Share This Page

<