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Ease the Pain of Acid Reflux by Chewing Gum

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!

10 Items to Stock for a Healthy Week

Trying to eat better? Aren’t we all! Here’s a guest post from our friends at Modernize to help you do just that. 

via Modernize
Via Modernize

We all have good intentions when it comes to eating healthy and making phenomenal, nutritious meals for our families. But inconvenience tends to get in the way. Dashing around in the morning and coming home tired from work aren’t conducive to well-thought-out meals. That means reaching for what’s most convenient, which tends to be salty snacks, sweets, and freezer meals.

But if you start off each week with a fridge full of healthy ingredients that you can whip into a snack on the go, you will find it easier to eat clean and feel better—without running late.

Quinoa

You may be tired of hearing praises sung over this superfood, but it’s a celebrity for good reason; this grain is protein rich and full of iron, magnesium, riboflavin, manganese, and plenty of other helpful components. Quinoa takes about twenty minutes to prepare, but if you go ahead and make a whole batch for the week, you’ll find healthy snacking and even meals so much easier. Mix it with peanut butter, apples, and cinnamon for breakfast, or throw it on a lunch salad. You won’t regret investing a little time to prepare it for the week.

Spinach

Leafy greens are a health food essential. They have more vitamins and minerals than you can name, plus, like quinoa, they are probably more versatile than you realize. Throw together a spinach salad or use it in place of lettuce on your next sandwich. Try adding a handful into your next fruit smoothie for an extra boost.

Frozen Berries

Speaking of fruit smoothies, frozen berries make a great addition. They are also helpful to have around for when you want to make a healthy(er) dessert, such as a no-sugar-added sorbet or berry oatmeal muffins. Essentially, they can help you tame that sweet tooth if you use them creatively.

Plain Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt, too, has endless uses, in both the savory and sweet categories. How many foods would work both on a gyro and with just a tablespoon of cinnamon? There are countless healthy dipping sauces, desserts, and dressing recipes that call for this magical and flavorful ingredient.

Organic Peanut Butter

Whether or not you have little ones’ lunches to pack every night, peanut butter always seems to come in handy. Anytime you need to throw something together last minute, it’s always there. It contains protein and the healthy kind of fat, so it fills you up fast.

Sliced Veggies

Sliced veggies (especially when paired with a natural ranch dressing) are a great, snack-y alternative to chips. They get the crunchy factor just right, and they’re just as easy to throw into a lunch on the go or eat as an after school snack. Slice and bag your veggies at the beginning of the week so you have prepped snacks ready to go.

Hummus

Hummus is another one of those celebrity healthy foods, and it is super delicious to boot. With pita bread, chips, or veggies, it always seems to satisfy that intense hunger craving for something substantial. While it’s quickest to grab some from the grocery store, it’s also pretty easy to make your own with chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, and seasoning.

Unsweetened Applesauce

Unsweetened apple sauce is perfect for solving a sweet craving. Apples are sweet on their own merits, so the no-sugar-added version just makes a lot of sense. You can also use applesauce to replace the oil in many baking recipes for a moist but healthier alternative.

Almond Milk

Even if no one in your household reacts badly to dairy, almond milk is still a good option to have around. It contains proteins, lipids, fiber, and several vitamins that improve blood pressure and heart health.

Sparkling Water

If there’s anything that belongs on a “what not to stock in your fridge for a healthy week” list, it would be soda. Don’t let its ubiquitousness fool you: sodas are bad for you in just about every capacity and should be treated more like an occasional treat than an everyday must. Even diet sodas, which don’t contain table sugar or high fructose corn syrup, are still associated with metabolic diseases. This is where sparkling water comes in. Naturally flavored sparkling water is much more delicious than plain water but is much, much healthier than soda.

And there you have it! Start the week off strong, every week, with these essential healthy diet staples.

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