Believe it or not, chewing gum has more benefits to it than just giving you minty-fresh breath. From keeping you awake to improving your memory, there are plenty of advantages that a piece of gum or two can provide. In this article, Nu Vending will list some of the most interesting benefits of chewing gum.
Chewing gum strengthens your teeth
If you’re partial to sugar-free gum, then you’re actually doing your teeth a favour. Chewing gum helps to remove bits of food from your teeth, and it also helps to increase the amount of saliva in your mouth – your saliva contains calcium and phosphate, which helps to strengthen the enamel on your teeth. This isn’t a replacement for brushing your teeth though!
Chewing gum improves your memory
Yes, really! A study by St. Lawrence University found that people who were chewing gum experienced improved cognitive function and better test performance – they believe that the reason for said improvements is the increase in heart rate and blood flow that chewing provides.
Chewing gum can help you lose weight
Chewing gum has a twofold effect on waistlines – firstly, the act of chewing gum can stop us from snacking simply by making us think we’re eating. Secondly, we actually burn calories when chewing gum – 11 calories per stick, to be precise. If you’re a habitual gum chewer, then you could easily burn 60-70 calories a day.
Chewing gum can reduce anxiety
Some people bite their nails when they’re anxious, some people tap their feet and some people drum the desk with their fingers. Chewing gum can replace these habits and soothe nerves and stress as it lowers the levels of cortisol – a stress hormone. In a 2011 study of people who chewed gum for 14 days and people who didn’t, those who did chew reported lower anxiety levels and improved moods.
Chewing gum can help acid reflux
Acid reflux is an unpleasant experience and it’s something that is endured by millions of people around the world. You may have noticed it before – it’s a burning sensation at the back of your throat, and it’s caused by your oesophagus being blocked by stomach acid. By chewing gum, we help to reduce the acidity in our saliva, which helps to dampen the burning feeling caused by acid reflux.
So, whatever your chewing gum of choice, you can enjoy it with the knowledge that you’re actually providing yourself with some extra boosts, as well as making sure your breath stays fresh.
To ensure people stay hydrated, nourished and energised throughout the day, Nu Vending supply the latest and best vending machines to offices and commercial environments throughout London. We can install the equipment you need, from snack machines for chocolate bars, crisps and healthy food to hot and cold drinks machines. What’s more, with our servicing contracts, you needn’t lift a finger to keep your machines stocked up – we’ll do it all. For more information, simply contact us today and we’ll be happy to help.