Tuesday, August 21, 2012
For the last ten years or so, I have had an uncomfortable dry mouth--I even wake up in the middle of the night with it, dying with the drying!!
I find myself obnoxious to be always chewing gum (sugarless) which does help. Today I went to a website to find out if there was anything else I could do about it. The first recommendation was the gum because it stimulates saliva, but get this, Spark people, they recommend and I quote:
Sip water or other sugar-free juices frequently. It is particularly important to drink often while eating. This will aid chewing and swallowing and may enhance the taste of your food. You can carry a water bottle, like bicycle riders do, during the day and keep a glass of water at your bedside at night. Also, use a humidifier to increase the moisture content of the air in your room.
Stimulate the flow of your saliva
By eating foods which require mastication
By chewing sugarless gum
By using, if possible, acid-tasting, sugarless (diabetic-type) candies..
By “sucking” a cherry or olive pit; or the rind of a lemon or lime.
Avoid or decrease your intake of spicy, salty or very acidic foods.
Do not smoke
Avoid or decrease your intake of alcohol
Avoid or decrease your intake of caffeine-containing drinks and foods.
Chew your food slowly and thoroughly, and sip water with it before swallowing.
ALL OF THESE SUGGESTIONS ARE WHAT SPARK HAS BEEN TELLING US TO DO TO CONTROL OUR WEIGHT!!!!