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Chew on this…

Posted on April 16th, 2013 | 168 comments

For thousands of years, different cultures have chewed a variation of gum-like substances. The Greeks chewed mastic tree sap; Mayans used sapodilla tree sap; Native Americans preferred spruce sap; and ancient Middle Eastern travelers used frankincense oleoresin. Although there are many reasons to chew gum, some of the most interesting (at least to me) include to promote oral health and to help control appetite.

Frankincense oleoresin was traditionally chewed by ancient Middle Eastern travelers during long journeys when days were long and food was scarce. These days, you will often see contestants on NBC’s The Biggest Loser chewing gum. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, the simple act of chewing distracts your mouth and prevents cravings. The effect that chewing gum has on cravings and hunger management is also the subject of many current studies.

So how does chewing gum improve oral health? As we eat, acids are created in the mouth as food is broken down. Over time these acids have the potential to break down tooth enamel, which can lead to additional oral issues. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), chewing gum triggers the production of saliva that washes away or dilutes these acids. Clinical studies show that after a minimum of 20 minutes of chewing, optimal oral benefits are reached.

Slique™ Gum combines pure, natural frankincense chewing resin, peppermint and spearmint essential oils, and xylitol into a one-of-a-kind chewing experience. The gum base is free of synthetic material and is cold pressed to preserve the benefits that ancient caravan travelers enjoyed. Personally, I like to spice my gum up a little by adding 1–2 drops of Slique Essence prior to chewing. This adds additional flavor and a hint of sweetness. It also adds additional Slique benefits. It should be noted, however, that adding any type of citrus oil to the gum modifies the gum consistency and may alter the chewing experience.

Suggestions for using Slique Gum

  • Chew while cooking to prevent nibbling
  • Use after a meal to improve oral health
  • Keep a pack in your purse or briefcase to help resist high-calorie temptations
  • Chew between meals to control cravings and avoid mindless snacking

Have you tried Slique Gum? Now is your opportunity! We will randomly select 10 people who leave a comment with their thoughts on this all-natural gum to receive a free three pack. Good luck!

—Ryan Seely, YL Product Marketing Manager

168 thoughts on “Chew on this…

  1. Madelaine Stout says:

    If this works as mentioned, then, I’m willing to try it. I always try it myself before giving it or recommending it to my patient/friends. How about it? May I please try it?

  2. Nancy says:

    Would love to try Slique Gum ! I work at desk all day and I have a tendency to get the mid afternoon munchies and could use a better alternative to keep myself from mindless snacking and gaining weight as a result !

  3. Kendra Beagles says:

    I have been chewing xylitol peppermint/spearmint gum for several years instead of using gums with sugar or substitute sweeteners. I am thrilled Young Living has a gum with essential oils plus xylitol since that combines the ‘best of both worlds’. Looking forward to chewing myself to better health, plus another way to advertise to others how wonderful Young Living products are.

  4. Jenelle Nelson says:

    I would love to try this gum. How long does it last? Does it get hard after a short period of time like some gums do?

  5. Pam says:

    I like to chew gum, but my grandson REALLY enjoys it. I’m assuming this is safe for children. Plus, it may help curb his sweets and chips cravings!

  6. Mary Hughett says:

    I would LOVE to try this, but am curious if it’s ok to chew with a partial? My soon to be 93 yr young grandma (93 in June) LOVES to chew gum; how cute is that!?

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