We usually buy different flavors of gums in order to help us keep fresh breath. On the other hand, some people use it just as a habit and they tend to chose those crazy new flavors such as banana cream, cheesecake, caramel apple and butter popcorn.
People are convinced that chewing gums, especially those without sugar are harmless, but the real truth is that they actually affect our health in more ways than one.
- Gastrointestinal problems
When we chew gums, we allow excess air to enter inside our organism which leads to pain and bloating. Moreover, chewing gums sends the body a sign that food is about to enter the organism and as a result of that, both acids and enzymes are activated in order to digest the food. Nevertheless, the food is not present which leads to bloating, excessive production of acid in the stomach and can impair the body’s ability to produce enough digestive secretions when actually eat food.
- Damage to teeth
Chewing gums containing sugar can lead to tooth because you basically bath your teeth in sugar. On the other hand, sugarless gums contain acidic flavorings and preservatives which lead to tooth erosion.
Most commonly, gums contain sugarless sweetener known as an artificial aspartame which is metabolized in both wood alcohol and formaldehyde. This harmful sweetener can lead to cancer, brain tumors and even birth defects.
- Titanium dioxide
This compound is contained in gums for whitening teeth because it is a bleaching agent. Unfortunately, it has been associated with Chron’s disease, asthma, and it is also considered as carcinogenic.
- BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
Many countries all over the world banned this compound due to its levels of toxicity. Unfortunately, the manufacturers in America still use it as a preservative in chewing gums and other processed foods. BHT ingestion can cause the development of numerous health issues including: kidney damage, liver damage, hyperactivity in children, and may be carcinogenic as well.
Instead you can use these natural remedies to freshen breath
Beside the abovementioned health problems, chewing gum can also cause headaches, the release of mercury in fillings body, jaw muscle imbalance, etc. As you can realize on your own, chewing gums is a bad habit and instead of gums you should try some more natural options like the following ones:
It is a small pod with black seeds inside and it has a pleasant aroma and flavor. If you want to refresh your breath, chew some of the its seeds.
Almost all mouthwash products contain eucalyptus, so instead of buying one, you should make it on your own. All you have to do is to add 1 to 5 drops of eucalyptus oil in a cup of water.
The best solution to freshen your breath after a meal is parsley. It is very simple to use, you should only chop in several leaves after eating and chew it in order to get rid of the unpleasant smell.
- Fresh Mint
In order to have fresh breath, make sure to chew some leaves of fresh mint.
For a spicy aroma, chew on a few teeth. Cloves are also an antibacterial and oil can be used as a natural remedy for toothache.
If you are a fan of the taste of licorice, you will love the taste on anise. All you have to do is to chew the seeds. Another solution is to simmer three tbsp of anise seeds in water for 3 to 5 minutes, cool, strain and use the mixture as a mouthwash.
If you want to get rid of the unpleasant smell after eating a meal, you should drink a tea or chew a couple of dill seeds. They are tasty and the leaves have a mild and delicious flavor.