Price of Chewing Gum
Dr. Ben Kim
you chew gum on a regular basis, please consider the following:
Chewing gum causes unnecessary wear and tear of the cartilage that acts as
a shock absorber in your jaw joints. Once damaged, this area can create pain and
discomfort for a lifetime.
You use eight different facial muscles to chew. Unnecessary chewing can create
chronic tightness in two of these muscles, located close to your temples. This
can put pressure on the nerves that supply this area of your head, contributing
to chronic, intermittent headaches.
You have six salivary glands located throughout your mouth that are stimulated
to produce and release saliva whenever you chew. Producing a steady stream of
saliva for chewing gum is a waste of energy and resources that could otherwise
be used for essential metabolic activities.
Most chewing gum is sweetened with aspartame. Long term use of aspartame has
been closely linked with cancer, diabetes, neurological disorders, and birth defects.
If your gum isn't sweetened by aspartame, it is probably sweetened by sugar.
Sugar is most likely the single greatest dietary cause of chronic health problems
like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and emotional disorders.
next time you think about chewing gum, please remember the price that your body
pays for it.
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