Do you know the benefits of chewing gum on your stomach?
It is hard to believe that something simple like chewing on gum can be an effective solution to stop acid reflux. What is more, scientific research has been done to back up this claim.
Grab a chewing gum and get those jaws moving! It is a cheap and effective heartburn remedy.
As soon as you start chewing, saliva forms in your mouth to start digestion. It plays an important role in keeping acid reflux under control.
Here is why:
Constantly chewing on your gum increases the flow of saliva in your mouth, wich promotes frequent swallowing. Smooth muscles in your throat push escaped stomach acid back down every time that your swallow.
Healthy saliva has a higher PH than water, which means that it is a base liquid. When base saliva meets acid from your stomach, it gets neutralized by a chemical reaction. Therefore, your saliva acts as a natural antacid to stop heartburn.
When you are chewing a tasty bubble gum, your mouth thinks you are eating. Your salivary glands produce lots of digestive enzymes, that end up your stomach after swallowing. Once arrived, they assist and speed up digestion.
Stress doesn't actually cause of acid reflux, but it stimulates existing symptoms in persons with acid reflux.
The trick is to find simple solutions to control your stress. An easy way to do so is chewing on gum.
Your brain perceives eating as a feel good activity. Chewing gum mimics food intake and therefore calms your brain.
Researchers found out that chewing gum reduces the levels of your stress hormone cortisol.
Normally you don’t swallow your gum. But if it happens accidentally, do you need to worry?
Urban myths suggest that it is harmfull and that chewing remain undigested in your stomach for seven years.
Of course, this isn’t true. It remains undigested, but is simply excreted by your stool. Swallow gum doesn't affect heartburn.
Frequently chewing on sugary gum, can damage tooth enamel and increase cavities. Better is to choose for a sugar-free variety.
Mint is a substance that weakens your stomach valve, so chewing spearmint gums isn’t the best choice if you have acid reflux. Pick up cinnamon or fruit flavored chewing gums instead.
Varieties that contain xylitol, have the added benefit of protecting your teeth. Xylitol inhibits growth of streptococcus mutans, one of the oral bacteria that cause cavities. Chewing xylitol gum is a natural and convenient way of controlling acid relux and taken care of your teeth!
If you have heartburn, it is a very good idea to quit smoking. Smoking is an important cause of acid reflux and lots of people use nicotune gums to stop smoking. Popular brands are nicorette, nicotrol, nicotinell.
As long as you depend on nicorette to get you through the day, the nicotine still affects your stomach. Nicotine has the same effect as xanthines in coffee and chocolate. It weakens your stomach valve and causes heartburn.
Pay attention if you have irritable bowel syndrome. You might have difficulties to digest artificial sweeteners in chewing gum. Check out my page about low FODMAP diet to understand why.