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Is Chewing Gum Bad for You? (One Ingredient Is Linked to Gut Destruction)

Disturbing side effects of chewing gum.  Alternative bad breathe ideas and reasons why you should rethink putting gum in your mouth.
Gut Destruction

Chewing gum manufacturers have been turning to an ingredient called titanium dioxide for years. Now used in nanoparticle form, this extremely tiny metal compound is posing some serious emerging health threats. This is probably the scariest reason to avoid gum.

Generally recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration, this compound is often used in nanoparticle form to create a bright white pigmentation in paints, plastics … and chewing gum. (2) It’s also found in tons of other foods, like candies and powdered white sugar (donuts!) and even bread. Although it’s allowed on store shelves and considered safe, scientists are starting to paint a different picture.

In fact, a 2017 study published in the journal NanoImpact shows that nano-titanium oxide ingredients like titanium dioxide can severely impact gut health. Researchers exposed small intestinal cells to a meal’s worth of nanoparticles over four hours (acute exposure) or three meal’s worth over five days (chronic exposure). What they found is a bit shocking.

Chronic exposure to titanium dioxide nanoparticles in the diet:

Weakened the intestinal barrier
Slowed down metabolism
Triggered inflammation
Weakened the gut’s defense against pathogens

Blocked nutrient absorption of key nutrients like iron, zinc and fatty acids
The nanoparticles actually blunted the effectiveness of the small intestines’ microvilli. Microvilli are tiny projections that jut off of small intestinal cells and work to absorb nutrients our bodies need to survive. (3)

People also face this type of titanium dioxide exposure through toothpaste, and it’s even sometimes used to created a smoother texture in chocolates and to create a brighter appearance in skim milk.

In 2012, Arizona State University found that titanium dioxide nanoparticles turned up in five percent of products tested, including Twinkies and mayonnaise samples. Under public pressure, Dunkin Donuts stopped using nano-titanium dioxide in its donuts’ powdered sugar in 2015.

“To avoid foods rich in titanium oxide nanoparticles you should avoid processed foods, and especially candy. That is where you see a lot of nanoparticles,” — Gretchen Mahler, PhD, study co-author and assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Binghamton University, State University of New York. (4)

Beyond that, many chewing gum products contain emulsifiers to retain flavor and keep gum from sticking to your teeth. (5) The trouble is, many emulsifiers act almost like detergent in your digestive tract, throwing off the natural balance of your gut flora. In fact, research in lab animals suggests certain emulsifiers used as food additives could contribute to colon cancer development.

Is Chewing Gum Bad? More Reasons to Stop

Migraines

For children and adolescents dealing with vicious migraines and tension headaches, the natural solution could be right under their noses: Stop chewing gum. A small study published in Pediatric Neurology discovered that nixing gum led to significant improvements in 26 out of 30 adolescents in the study. Amazingly, 19 of them experienced complete headache resolution. No pills, no treatments — they just stopped chewing gum. (6)

If you’re trying to figure out how to get rid of a migraine naturally, your gum habit is a great place to start. In tweens and teens, common proven headache triggers include stress, lack of sleep, hot weather, video games, noise, sunlight, smoking, skipping meals and menstruation. Now we can add gum to the list. Researchers aren’t sure if it’s the artificial sweeteners or a TMJ issue related to gum and headaches, but the good news is we can stop many headaches with this simple step. (7)

Sinister Sweeteners

You’d expect fake sweeteners like aspartame in diet soda, but chewing gum? Come on! Different chewing gum companies turn to ingredients like aspartame, sorbitol, high-fructose corn syrup, acesulfame K, sucrolose and xylitol. Some actually use multiple fake sweeteners in a single gum product.

These ingredients are linked to serious health issues like tooth decay, liver fat buildup, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, leukemia, lymphoma, kidney tumors and more. Acesulfame potassium, also known as acesulfame K, is among the most common artificial sweeteners detected in breast milk. That’s troubling, since the ingredient is also linked to thyroid dysfunction. Sucralose harms the gut, throwing off healthy levels of enzymes and disrupting the microbiome. (8)

While xylitol and sorbitol may seem more natural, these processed sugar alcohols aren’t absorbed well by the body and cause an allergic reaction for those who have a sensitivity to it. And then there are the digestive sugar alcohol and xylitol side effects, including bloating, gas, cramping and diarrhea. And get this: Its laxative effect is so pronounced that it’s actually part of the chemical makeup for many over-the-counter laxatives.

Special note to dog owners: Xylitol and other sugar alcohol-based sweeteners are life-threatening toxins to dogs. Be mindful of breath mints, candies, sugar-free gum, frozen desserts and other foods when your pets are around. (9)

Better Bad-Breath Fighters & Gum Alternatives

Bad breath is a good excuse to reach for gum, but as you can see, the side effects are bad news, especially for your gut. Luckily, there are better ways to cope. After ruling out potential underlying issues for bad breath, you can turn to these things to naturally improve your breath:

Eat parsley.
Drink enough water, especially tap into the benefits of lemon water.
Learn how to safely tap into peppermint oil benefits.(Not recommended for young children.)
Learn about oil pulling with coconut oil.
Avoid grains and added sugars.
Final Thoughts on ‘Is Chewing Gum Bad for You?’
American played a huge role in spreading the popularity of chewing gum all around the world.
However, today’s ingredients include fake dyes and flavors. But perhaps most concerning is nanoparticle-sized titanium dioxide, an ingredient used in everything from gum, candy and bread to paint and plastics.
Nano-titanium dioxide helps create a vibrant white color, but scientists now show that it can impact small intestinal cells in a way that blocks absorption of key nutrients, slows the metabolism, increases inflammation and weakens the gut’s ability to protect against dangerous pathogens.
Chewing gum is also linked to migraines and tension headaches in children and adolescents.
There are still some chewing gum companies that rely on old-fashioned, real-food ingredients, but they are sometimes harder to come by.

Source: www.draxe.com

NanOmega3 Pineapple Orange

NanOmega3 Pineapple Orange
BioPharma Scientific.
$46.65

HEALTH PROFESSIONAL FORMULA
1000 IU of Vitamin D
Good Source of Fiber, Pineapple Orange
SuperFood SOLUTION™. NanOmega3™
Heart, Brain & Vision SuperFoodlifesDHA™.

HEALTHY BRAIN, EYES, HEART
SuperSorb® DELIVERY
DIETARY SUPPLEMENT
NET WT. 12.7 OZ (360g)
More Info:
Omega-3s are essential for fatty acids (EFAs) for supporting:
* heart health
* joint health
* healthy skin
* maintenance of normal blood lipids
* healthy brain function
* healthy eyes (retina)
* immune health
* general health and wellness
Truly a breakthrough functional food formula, NanOmega3 provides essential fatty acids (EFAs) from both:
-ALA, alpha-linolenic acid, from specially stabilized, organic MeadowPure™ golden flaxseed and
-DHA oil (lifesDHA™ from Martek) derived from plant marine algae, with
-Synergistic vitamins E, D3, folic acid, B6 and B12.

Supplemental Facts:
SuperSorb® is BioPharma Scientifics registered name for its enhanced delivery systems wherein highly bioavailable forms of micronutrient and microencapsulation are utilized to help maximize nutrient absorption.
In order to ensure correct usage of BioPharmas high potency formulas, BioPharma sells only through licensed healthcare practitioners.

Servings Per Container: 30
SUGGESTED USE:
Mix one [1] scoop (12 g) with 6-8 ounces of cold water, juice or milk to taste. Shake or blend briskly. Enjoy one (1) to two (2) times a day unless otherwise directed by your health professional. Children under 12 take 1/2 serving. NanOmega3 is scientifically formulated to taste great with BioPharmas entire SuperFood Solution™ line. For a wealth of SuperFood Smoothie/Shake recipes, ask your health professional for a copy of The SuperFood Solution™ Users Guide.
Refrigerate after opening.
Benefit:
YES:
*Great tasting, instant mixing
*Made with organic flax
*Vegan & non GMO
*Low net carb
*Low peroxide value (pv)
*Fortified with Vitamins D, E, & B
NO:
*Fishy tastes, smells or toxins
*Fish oil “burps”
*Animal or fish products
*Eggs, dairy, wheat, yeast, soy, gluten
*Artificial flavors, MSG, or glutamate peptides

Serving Size: 12g (1 scoop)
Amount Per Serving
Calories …57
Calories from fat …122
Total Fat …2.5g / 4% DV
Saturated Fat …Total Carbohydrate …7g / 2% DV
Dietary Fiber …2.5g / 10% DV
Sugars …1g
Protein …1g
Vitamin D3 …1000 IU / 250% DV
(cholecalciferol)
Vitamin E …30 IU / 100% DV
(d-alpha tocopherol succinate)
Vitamin B6 …1mg / 50% DV
(as pyridoxal-5-phosphate)
Vitamin B9 …2000mcg / 50% DV
(as folic acid)
Vitamin B12 …85.5mcg / 1, 425% DV
(as cyanocobalamin)
Calcium …21mg / 2% DV
Iron …425mcg / 2% DV
Magnesium …22mg / 5% DV
Sodium …5mg / <1% DV
Potassium …36mg / 1% DV
Total Omega-3 …1100mg #
Omega-3/DHA …100mg #
Omega-3/Linolenic Acid …1000mg #
Omega-6 …300mg #
Lignans …50mg #
Turmeric …70mg #
Stevia Leaf Crystals …70mg #
(stevia rebaudiana)
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2, 000 calorie diet.
# Daily Value not established.
OTHER INGREDIENTS: Meadow Pure™ Omega-3 Ultra Golden Flax™ with Marteks DHA oil derived from marine algae, Natural Flavors (plant based), Rice Bran Soluble fiber*, Vitafiber™ (isomalto-oligosaccharides from non-GMO corn and/or potato starch), Rice Malto-dexrin*, Xanthan Gum, Natural Curcumin Color (plant based).
*Organic ingredients
IMPORTANT:
Best if stored in cool, dark conditions. After each use close tightly and refrigerate immediately. Contains an oxygen absorbent packet to preserve freshness.
Pregnant and nursing mothers, anyone taking prescription medications, or prior to any surgical procedures, inform their healthcare practitioner and/or pharmacist before taking this or any other dietary supplement.

Supplement of the Week: AR-ENCAP Joint support

AR-Encap
Comprehensive joint support
Thorne Research
$46.90

Bromelain, Meriva® (curcumin phytosome), and Boswellia help maintain a healthy cytokine balance throughout the body*
Bromelain helps promote healing after trauma*
Glucosamine and MSM provide proven joint support*
Helps maintain healthy joint mobility*
Can provide relief from occasional aches and soreness*

AR-Encap is a comprehensive joint support formula that goes beyond simple glucosamine supplementation.* This formula supplies 1, 500 mg of glucosamine sulfate (suggested use – 4 capsules twice daily), which is the amount used in the majority of studies – in combination with joint-supporting nutrients and botanicals.*
In a study of healthy subjects with mild knee soreness, bromelain supplementation resulted in significant improvement with both 200-mg and 400-mg daily doses.1* Joint mobility was also improved.*
Curcumin, the principal polyphenol in the Indian spice turmeric, exerts antioxidant effects.* Curcumin Phytosome is a compound containing curcumin and phosphatidylcholine. This compound has significantly better absorption than ordinary curcumin and helps maintain a healthy cytokine balance throughout the body.*
Glucosamine provides significant joint support, as evidenced by numerous clinical studies. Methyl sulfonyl methane (MSM), also known as dimethyl sulfone and methyl sulfone, is an organic, sulfur-containing compound that occurs naturally in a variety of plants, and provides additional joint support.
Boswellia appears to inhibit the activity of lipoxygenase enzymes, thus promoting a healthy cytokine balance throughout the body.* A study of curcumin and boswellia found significant support of normal joint mobility in the group taking the botanical formula.2*

Walker AF, et al. Phytomedicine 2002;9:681-686.
Kizhakkedath R. Mol Med Rep 2013;8:1542-1548.

Servings Per Container: 60
Take 4 capsules one to two times daily or as recommended by a health-care practitioner.

Serving Size: Four Capsules
Amount Per Serving
Chloride … 87mg
(from Glucosamine Sulfate Potassium Chloride complex)
Potassium … 98mg
(from Glucosamine Sulfate Potassium Chloride complex)
Methyl Sulfonyl Methane … 850mg
(MSM)
Glucosamine Sulfate … 750mg
(as Glucosamine Sulfate Potassium Chloride complex)
Indian Frankincense extract … 350mg
(gum) (Boswellia serrata)
Curcumin Phytosome* … 250mg
(Curcuma longa extract (root) / Phosphatidylcholine complex)
Bromelain** … 200mg
Other Ingredients: Hypromellose (derived from cellulose) capsule, Leucine, Silicon Dioxide.
Contains ingredients derived from shellfish (glucosamine sulfate = crab and/or shrimp) and soy (phytosome).
*This product uses Indena S.p.A.s curcumin phytosome (Meriva®). Meriva is a registered trademark of Indena S.p.A.
**Bromelain is derived from the pineapple plant (Ananas comosus).
Boswellia standardized to Beta Boswellic Acids 20%.