I like to chew gum after a meal. I find it does help to clean the teeth and mouth of bacteria forming particles that get left behind and helps to stimulate the gut to keep working. I have had moments when having finished eating that I still want to chew. In that moment is when gum helps me. When I have a meal (just a small sandwich) that feels heavy in my gut when it should not have and now I am not comfortable I start to chew. Chewing gum works for me.
Take gum with you when you are going for an operation. If you have had an operation, you are familiar with the waiting to pass gas and have a bowel movement before they will release you. This intestinal complication is common. The use of gum is maybe lesser known but highly effective to help reactivate and stimulate the gut to function normally.
Babies should suck and chew. It is often a help for a baby to suck longer after a feed to continue the process of digestion and elimination. I was with a new born baby I was assisting with CranioSacral therapy. When I checked the palate with a gloved finger baby started sucking and chewing my little finger. Within a few moments baby began passing gas and then filling the diaper. The feeling of intestinal relief of the no longer fussy baby was very apparent. Peace and calm restored.
A few side effects to excessive gum chewing. Bloating and gas, Jaw pain (temporomandibular joint disorder) and mercury fillings giving off mercury gas when gum is pulling.
There are good gums to add to your chew. Search for gum with probiotics to chew once daily. Check with the health food store or online markets.
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