When you think of acid reflux, does the merry jingle of bubblegum pink Pepto Bismol pop into mind? If you suffer from acid reflux, chances are, “merry” is not how you think of it. It is certainly not merry to live with the painful and often debilitating symptoms of GERD or acid reflux. However, some people living with acid reflux are able to ease their painful symptoms by chewing gum.
Folks suffering from acid reflux (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease/GERD) experience harmful stomach acids flowing back into their esophagus, which, according to the Mayo Clinic, can cause a variety of symptoms like:
- Chest pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Burning sensations in the throat and chest
- Sour taste in the mouth
- Permanent damage to the esophagus
In fact, according to some medical experts, like Dr. Mark Hyman, acid reflux is the third most expensive condition, behind heart disease and diabetes. And with estimates that 20% of Americans live with GERD today, that means 1 in 5 people reading this blog feel that burn, in more ways than one.
While there are plenty of medications that can help treat acid reflux, some turn to more natural options. Lifestyle changes like avoiding trigger foods, sleeping at an incline, and even chewing gum can help ease the painful symptoms. That’s right – I said chewing gum!
The health benefits of chewing gum have been known for some time; many studies have demonstrated that chewing gum can help improve memory, focus, and reaction time, as well as reduce stress, and anxiety, too. Chewing gum stimulates saliva production, which alkalizes the acids in your mouth. That alkaline saliva washes down your esophagus, easing irritation, and into your stomach, neutralizing the acids there, too.
But you don’t want to chew just any gum. Most conventional gums are chock full of unhealthy sugars and synthetic ingredients that can be more harmful to your health than good.
Patrick suffers from acid reflux, and he shared his experiences using all-natural chewing gum to help manage his condition:
Over the years I’ve been experiencing acid reflux on a consistent basis after eating, resulting in my dependence on heartburn medication. Later I found that chewing gum was a great alternative to my heartburn medication. While I was thrilled with how simply chewing gum was a healthier alternative to pharmaceutical medicine in helping resolve my condition, I was disappointed to learn about the unhealthy chemicals in many mainstream chewing gums out there. With a little research I found a few healthy alternative brands that do not use synthetic chemicals. Which was great news, but as I did more research I also learned about the environmental impact of chewing gum manufacturing. As I continued to search, I eventually came across Glee Gum. Which seems to be a win, win, win, solution for me. A healthy and natural chewing gum to help with my acid reflux, while maintaining sustainable environmental practices, and at a reasonable price. -Patrick, Glee Gum customer
Stick with a natural sugar-free chewing gum that will prevent (instead of incite) tooth decay, like Glee Gum sweetened with xylitol, which gives the added benefit of additional PH neutralization, saliva stimulation, and protection against tooth decay. Plus, it’s safe for people who have diabetes and those who follow the keto diet, too, since xylitol is shown to have negligible effects on glucose levels.
So the next time your esophagus is feeling a little acidic, grab a few pieces of Glee Sugar-Free chewing gum and show that acid you mean business!