Many people across the world suffer from heart burn problems. Based on a research, it has been found that the commonly available chewing gum has the power of relieving heart burn problems. It has been observed that ten percent of Americans have been suffering from acid reflux problems on a daily manner. Also, about four in ten of them get the symptoms at least once in a month.
Let us see the details below:
How Chewing Gum relieves Heart Burn
Take one or two pieces of chewing gum. The heart burn or the acid reflux problem is caused by the excess release of acids in the stomach which cause burning sensation. When you consume or rather chew the chewing gum, the saliva fluids get secreted which are then forced to flood the stomach and the food pipe of the esophagus. These causes the acids that are present to get neutralized thereby reducing the burning sensation.
The above research has been a boost to the manufacturers of chewing gum (popular companies like Wrigley’s) who are capitalizing on this to sell more of gums.
There were several antacid chewing gums that were previously available in the market which were sold to reduce acid reflux problems. Today, such gums are not available. However, instead of consuming antacid chewing gums, it is also good to consume sugarless gums.
We have in my previous articles that chewing one or two pieces of clove reduces the acid reflux problems. This also promotes the secretion of saliva from the mouth thereby reducing the acidity in the stomach and reducing heart burn problems.
When should you chew the gum?
It is recommended to chew the chewing gum after taking the meals.
The Benefits of consuming Sugar-free Chewing Gum
Make sure that you buy sugar-free chewing gum for treating acid reflux problems. They have the following benefits:
- Chewing the gum after heavy meals reduces the acid levels in the stomach
- It stimulates the flow of saliva which is good for the stomach. The Saliva being alkaline in nature helps to neutralixe the acid in the stomach thereby reducing acid reflux problems.
- Helps control acid reflux problems, heart burn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), etc
- It helps prevent the formation of cavities in the mouth
- Chewing gum gets rid of the acid in the stomach in a faster manner thereby giving a better digestion.
Chewing sugar gum is not a healthy habit. It can be taken only occasionally. Taking regular chewing gum affects the tooth and increases tooth cavities. It also damages the tooth enamel present.
Compared to sugar based chewing gum, sugar-free chewing gums are better for chewing. The gums which contain xylitol are considered healthy. This helps inhibit the tooth-eroding bacteria and has a protective effect on the tooth.
Also note that the above remedy may not work for everyone. Try it once, and if you do not feel any improvement, discontinue this habit. For some people, it may actually aggravate the problem due to swallowing of air resulting in bloating.
Note that the above study was conducted by the gastroenterologists at Veterans Affairs hospitals in New Mexico and Illinois. The program was financed by the American Digestive Health Foundation.