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!
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
- 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.
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
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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