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Quick Tip: Chew Gum to Relieve Stress

A new study finds that chewing gum can relieve stress symptoms.

Few things in life are universal, but stress is definitely something we can all agree on. And we’d all like to have a means to beat it as quickly as possible. Sure, there are a lot of solutions out there, but none are as easy to incorporate into your day-to-day grind as this one: Chew gum.

Gummy Stat of the Day

67 - The percentage by which gum increased subjects’ multitasking performance, compared with the control group, in the Australian study.

It’s been shown to increase alertness, improve performance and lower stress. In fact, in a study carried out by researchers at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia, subjects who chewed gum while multitasking under stressful conditions experienced reduced stress and anxiety as well as increased alertness.

They also had lower cortisol levels than the control group and exhibited better overall performance. Other research has uncovered similar benefits. In one study, participants who chewed gum displayed quicker reaction times, which increased as the task at hand progressed. Not bad for a treat your mother told you to stay away from.

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