Are you suffering from back pain?

Are you suffering from back pain?

BACK PAIN AND PHYSICAL THERAPY GUIDE

Are you worried that you’re not doing enough to protect your back? Wouldn’t you feel better if someone would just explain back pain treatments in simple terms? Then this book is for you Read more

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ARE YOU FEELING SICK?

“Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Alternative Medicines but Never Dared to Ask!” will help you find the answers you’ve been looking for and help keep you informed about the latest breakthrough alternative therapies. Read more

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SKIN CARE SECRETS EXPOSED

How many questions have you already asked yourself about your skin? How often have you turned to websites or books only to find the information to be confusing or simply unconvincing? Are you worried that you aren’t exploring all of the options available for taking care of your skin? Wouldn’t you feel better if you just knew the basics of skin care? Read more

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LATEST ANXIETY AND STRESS GUIDE

Even if you have no knowledge whatsoever about anxiety, this ebook is going to guide you through EXACTLY what you need DO when you begin to feel like your stress levels have become unmanageable. An indispensable guide! Read more

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30 Aug, 2008, 1217 hrs IST, AGENCIES

WASHINGTON: Chewing gum can reduce stress and anxiety, according to a new research.

The study, to be presented at the 2008 10th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, found that chewing gum helped relieve anxiety, improve alertness and reduce stress among individuals in a laboratory setting.

The study examined whether chewing gum is capable of reducing induced anxiety and/or acute psychological stress while participants performed a battery of ‘multi-tasking’ activities.

The use of chewing gum was associated with higher alertness, reduced anxiety and stress, and improvement in overall performance on multi-tasking activities.

Andrew Scholey, Ph D, professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia led the research study.

In the 40-person study of gum chewers averaging an age of 22 years old, performed on the Defined Intensity Stressor Simulation (DISS), a multi-tasking platform which reliably induces stress and also includes performance measures, while chewing and not chewing gum.

Anxiety, alertness and stress levels were measured before and after participants completed the DISS. Gum chewers showed a reduction in anxiety as compared to non-gum chewers by nearly 17 per cent during mild stress and nearly 10 per cent in moderate stress. Participants experienced greater levels of alertness when they chewed gum.

Gum chewers showed improvement in alertness over non-gum chewers by nearly 19 per cent during mild stress and 8 percent in moderate stress.

Levels of salivary cortisol (a physiological stress marker) in gum chewers were lower than those of non-gum chewers by 16 percent during mild stress and nearly 12 per cent in moderate stress.

Chewing gum resulted in a significant improvement in overall performance on multi-tasking activities. Both gum-chewers and non-chewers showed improvement from their baseline scores; however, chewing gum improved mean performance scores over non-gum chewers by 67 per cent during moderate stress and 109 per cent in mild stress.

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