Monday, September 14, 2015

Combat stress with this quick fix

The de-frazzler you have in your purse:  gum!

That pack of gum you carry around in a case of a garlic emergency can freshen your mood as well as your breath.  According to Huffpost Healthy Living, researchers from Australia and England found that when agitated people chewed gum, they felt less anxious, more alert and had 18% less cortisol (the stress hormone) in their saliva. The study authors hypothesize that chewing increases blood flow to the brain, which helps with alertness and may also distract us from stressors.

So, before you have a  Monday afternoon melt down, find some gum and get smacking!