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Are you a gum chewer? Do you lead a life with low stress? There just may be a connection.

We now live in a world of multi-tasking. It is not surprising that we all face challenges such as the lack of concentration and increased anxiety. Whether commuting, working, taking care of children and/or aging parents or dozens of other tasks, quite simply, stress is now a way of life.

One simple suggestion that is now backed by scientific research is found in a basic a food product.

A recent study showed that chewing gum for over 10 minutes can reduce stress.

This new research found that cortisol levels, a measure of stress, actually fell after prolonged gum chewing.

Stress can be harmful to overall health. Research demonstrates higher and more prolonged levels of cortisol associated with chronic stress, have negative effects on the body.

And this is not the first study to find a link between stress reduction and chewing gum.

An earlier study found that gum chewing lead to feeling less stressed and being more alert. And this study confirmed those results and found a meaningful reduction in the stress level.

Co-author of this study, Andrew Scholey, PhD, suggests "Chewing increases blood flow to the brain—which may make us feel more alert—and it may also distract us from stressors.”

Sure, there are a lot of solutions to stress out there, such as meditation, massage and exercise. But none are as easy or inexpensive to incorporate into your day-to-day grind as chewing gum.

Take Action

Feeling anxious? Why not pop in a piece of chewing gum to see if it will help lower your stress? It is inexpensive and it can’t hurt.

Just be sure to use proper etiquette: no cracking your gum or chewing with your mouth open!

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