Thursday, March 19, 2009

Health Tip #1

As promised, I am going to be listing several Health/Nutrition and Training tips throughout the season to help improve overall health and performance in which ever sport you partake in. Here is the first official "tip":

Help Improve Focus and Relieve Stress

Looking for simple ways to increase focus or relieve tension? Chewing gum may offer an easy solution. Research has shown that chewing gum may help improve alertness and concentration and help relieve daily stresses like driving in traffic or waiting in line.

• Many athletes and coaches chew gum to "stay in the game." And, some teachers have reversed school policies and encouraged students to chew gum during tests to help increase their alertness and concentration.

• Psychiatrists and psychologists suggest two of the reasons people chew gum are to relieve boredom and reduce tension. Chewing gum may also help people release nervous energy and provide an outlet for frustration and irritation. ,
*These statements are approved by the American Dietetic Association

"However recently, the ingredient known as sorbitol that is used in sugar free chewing gums have been linked to cause serious gastrointestinal problems".

January 21, 2008 by Beth Benson

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