Chew Yourself a Better Brain

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Chew Yourself a Better Brain

Kayla Smith, Contributer

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Even though chewing gum can be a mess and a pain to clean up, it should be allowed in schools. Gum should be allowed in school because some people cannot go without chewing it. There are many reasons on why people chew gum; some chew gum to help them focus in school, some chew it to help their anxiety but most have just created a habit at chewing gum on a daily basis. Although gum can be annoying and cause some issues in a learning environment, it helps people stay focused rather than being distracted.

Science has proven that gum has a way of stimulating senses and having a positive effect on the brain when it comes to certain tasks. Cardiff University in the UK did research on gum and found that it can increase blood flow to the brain when being chewed. Researchers also found that gum has beneficial effects on memory, alertness, anxiety reduction, appetite suppression, mood and learning. There have been many experiments done by different colleges regarding the benefits of chewing gum. The results are different when using other types and flavors of gum.

Mint gum can increase learning aspects when compared to bubble gum, but overall both flavors seem to be close to the same. It’s not so much the flavor as the texture. If a piece of gum is larger, it involves more chewing which leads scientists to believe that there can be more blood flow to the brain because of the chewing. With more blood flow to the brain, the medial temporal lobe can increase the individual’s memory. However the medial temporal lobe is not the only part of the brain that is affected. Blood flow is improved through the entire brain. This increases all lobes of the brain to be high functioning but only in a small amount. This amount is just enough to increase people’s moods. 

Gum has many benefits to the brain which can create a more positive environment. If schools want their students to do the best they can and get the best averages, shouldn’t they do whatever it takes? Science even proves that chewing gum makes people more intelligent and focus better which could lead to a school’s success. It is understandable that schools do not want to deal with the mess or the distraction of some students chewing loudly, but if school faculty does not give it a chance, how will they know for sure?  Not only would schools have better test scores, but allowing their students to chew gum can also increase a more positive environment. 

Sources:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130308093933.htm

https://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2012/03/08/chew-yourself-a-better-brain/#2ae81d414dd6

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/20132649/

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