The Pick-Me-Up That's Better Than Coffee (VIDEO)

November 14, 2014 9:58 PM

3 0

Gum doesn't just refresh your breath -- it can also revitalize your body. In a 2012 study from the UK, people who chewed gum for 15 minutes felt more alert than those who didn't pop a piece. "Chewing gum increases heart rate, which increases blood flow to the brain," says study author Andy Smith, Ph.D. "It also stimulates the autonomic nervous system, which can increase alertness." Pick a mint-flavored pack: "Mint stimulates your nerve fibers -- it's kind of like splashing cold water on your face," says Teitelbaum.

Carbs = crash, right? Yes -- but only if you eat the stripped-down kind that modern foods favor. "White flour will give you a boost, but then a crash so you feel sluggish," says Teitelbaum. "But whole grains give you real energy." In fact, people who replaced three servings of refined carbs with who...

Read more

To category page

Loading...