Struggling to stay on task at work? Gargle some Gatorade. Swishing a sugary beverage in your mouth can help boost your self-control, saysÃ‚Â a recent study published in the journalÃ‚Â Psychological Science.
Researchers asked 51 students to complete two self-control tasks. In each test, half of the students rinsed their mouths with lemonade and sugar, while the other half rinsed with lemonade and Splenda.
The results: Those who rinsed their mouths with the sugar-infused lemonade responded to the tests faster and showed more self-control than those who rinsed with the artificial sweetener.
Researchers previously thought you needed to actually drink glucose and get it into your system to see its willpower-boosting benefits, but the new study found simply swishing works, too. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Glucose stimulates the simple carbohydrate sensors on your tongue, which then signals the motivational centers of the brain,Ã¢â‚¬Â says lead study author Matthew Sanders, a doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia. These signals tell your body to pay attention and help you get back on track with your goals, Sanders explains.
The researchers arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t sure how useful this technique is for longer, harder self-control tasksÃ¢â‚¬”like quitting smokingÃ¢â‚¬”but Sanders says it should help in the short-term. If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re waning during a hard workout or logging a late-nighter at the office, a quick swish of Gatorade should help you refocus better than water, he says.
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