Boost reaction time by chewing gum

/Boost reaction time by chewing gum

Boost reaction time by chewing gum

teethIn Week 3 and Week 4, sedating progesterone coupled with lower levels of estrogen can make you a bit groggy and slow down your reaction time when driving, competing in sports or playing video games. Now researchers have discovered an easy fix: Chew gum, sunflower seeds, gummy bears or anything else that gets your jaw moving. A new study in the journal Brain and Cognition reveals that jaw muscles stimulate certain areas of the brain responsible for spotting movement, improving your reaction time by 7%. While that doesn’t seem like much, it can mean all the difference when avoiding a car veering into your lane, catching a line drive or obliterating on-screen aliens! Best of all, it takes just 10 seconds of chewing to activate this improvement in reaction time—and the effect lasts for 15 minutes after you stop!

By | 2018-01-26T19:44:47+00:00 March 7th, 2013|hormonology tip|0 Comments

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Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope apps and Female Forecaster app. She teaches how hormones impact a woman's moods, health and behavior in talks and workshops.

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