Chewing Gum
Make sure to have chewing gum in your preps!

Chew on this: chewing gum should be part of your preps. Chewing gum helps provide
a sense of normalcy in uncertain times and has many other benefits. Don't over look
this inexpensive part of your preps! Chewing gum is like a "nerve tonic."

Here are some the many uses of gum for survival:

    1. Improves concentration (some provide a bonus of mental alertness):
    Ordinary chewing gum provides a stress release and helps aid in concentration.
    As a prepper, you want to be as stress-free as possible and you'll need to
    concentrate. This could be the added boost you need in a survival situation. The
    military uses a special caffeine gum for situations of sleep deprivation where it's
    impractical to drink or brew coffee. There is also gum made with herbs to help
    you think better, and even a gum to help you quench thirst:

  • Stay Alert Military Caffeine Gum: Stay Alert Gum has been supporting our
    troops in the Middle East. Paramedics, firefighters and police officers have
    also found this gum to be compact and a fast acting tool for stopping
    fatigue. Works instantly! Through oral absorption, chewing one piece
    delivers 100 mg of caffeine five times faster than pills or coffee.

  • Jolt Gum: Jolt gum has caffeine, guarani and ginseng. Just two piece of Jolt
    Gum equal 1 cup of coffee, which is same Jolt as Jolt Cola! One pack
    contains about as much caffeine as six cups of coffee. That's an ideal
    energy boost for your bug out bag.

  • Think Gum: Think Gum is a sugar-free, candy-coated chewing gum
    carefully designed to enhance mental performance. It contains potent
    herbs and herbal extracts that are scientifically demonstrated to improve
    concentration, increase alertness, reduce careless errors and enhance
    information recall.

  • Quench Gum: For quick recovery and energy, Quench Gum actually
    quenches thirst and provides electrolytes plus 5 mg potassium. High citric
    acid content stimulates salivary glands and increases oxygen intake.

    2. Improvement of Morale: The sweetness of gum will help boost morale and
    may also supply a little boost of energy. A small act of kindness could go a long
    way in stressful times. Think of the gum as a way to "break the ice" with a
    stranger to help you assess whether the person is a threat to your family and
    livelihood in uncertain times. Add your favorite gum to your supply list! Have
    some handy if you have little ones who might need to be quiet to hide. Gum will
    keep their mouths occupied.

    3. Aids digestion. Chewing gum increases the saliva production in your mouth.
    In turn, these stomach acids help break down food to aid digestion. Learn more
    about how chewing gum improves digestion.

  • Ginger Gum: Ginger gum, pictured immediate right, is an all-natural relief
    from nausea. Ginger gum is ideal for women in your prepper group who
    may become preganant because 80% of women experience nausea
    during their pregnancy. Ginger has been used as a medicinal herb for
    thousands of years. Now you can enjoy its natural soothing properties in
    a fast-acting, great-tasting chewing gum. This drug free option for
    reducing nausea symptoms related to morning sickness.

    4. Fishing: You might be surprised that you can also use gum as catfish bait!
    Gum has also been used as a crab lure. Gum that helps with survival should be
    loaded with real sugar (not sugar free). Also the color helps: choose a pink
    bubble gum.

    5. Bartering: In case the world goes completely off the grid, gum will be a luxury
    item for barter. The nice thing about gum is that it packs nicely and doesn't cost
    too much.

    6. Oral Health + Additional Health Benefits: Gum aid in oral health as it helps
    brush away the plaque simply by chewing. Some gums pack the power of
    antioxidants. Mega-T Green Tea Chewing gum is one such gum and it delivers
    the health benefits of two cups of green tea. If anything, gum will certainly
    ensure that a prepper has fresh breath. You know that 4 out of 5 dentists
    recommend chewing gum (or so the advertisements proclaim), but did you ever
    stop and wonder why they recommend it. Well, it turns out that 80% of cavities
    happen inside the pits and fissures of teeth. These pits and fissures trap food
    particles under chewing pressure. But a carbohydrate like sugar in the gum can
    change the trapped food into acid that brushing can't reach.

  • Glee Gum:  Glee Gum, is made of all-natural, gluten-free chewing gum with
    no artificial coloring, flavoring, sweeteners, or preservatives. Glee Gum is
    the only gum in North America made the old fashioned way, with chicle, a
    natural tree sap harvested sustainable from the rain forests of Central
    America. Once all chewing gum was made with chicle, but today most gum
    is made entirely from synthetic stuff. Not Glee Gum! Glee Gum uses chicle
    because it helps conserve the rain forest. Chicle is also what gives the
    gum such great, long-lasting chewing texture!

    7. Appetite suppressants. Chewing gum can help suppress an appetite, which
    may be a useful aid in distracting when food supplies are short. Pictured
    immediate right is Zoft Hoodia Gordonii Gum Appetite Suppressant. You get five
    packs (or a one-month supply) for $10 including shipping. Zoft Hoodia Gum is an
    advanced, cutting-edge appetite suppressant, which may prove useful when
    food is in short supply.

BONUS: Firestarting with a gum wrapper: The chewing gum wrapper is a firestarter.

You've always known that chewing gum reduces cavities and plaque, but for preppers,
now you know gum provides many other useful benefits!

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