Should You Be Chewing Bubble Gum Instead of Drinking Coffee?
If you are like most American’s, that morning ‘cup of joe’ is what gets you through the day. Well at least until you hit that 3 p.m. slump that has you counting down the minutes until bed. But what if coffee just isn’t your friend, are you forever cast to the soda line?
Turns out our caffeine lifeline is more of an obsession than an actual need. The golden wakeup cure could be as effortless as popping a stick of gum into your mouth.
Yes, you just read that right. Multiple studies are showing that chewing gum enhances sustained attention and alertness. And no, it is not because of the sugar. The studies have actually ruled the presence of sugar in gum insignificant. The simple act of chewing gum wakes you up and alerts your brain to focus on what you are doing.
The studies have also found that chewing gum increases your heart rate, which improves the delivery of oxygen and glucose to the brain. Um, English please? Chewing gum improves your cognitive function.
The brain boost lasts around 20 minutes, or about the length of time it takes for your gum to turn into a hard ball of rubber, so researchers suggest saving the gum chewing for when you really need to focus.
So, why didn’t they allow us to chew gum in school again!?