10 Surprising Uses of Listerine Mouthwash You’ve Never Heard Of
How mouthwash can improve your run
To step out in the midday sun, once sang Noël Coward, is an avocation only of mad dogs and Englishmen. But to whichever classification you belong, there’s no legitimate reason for keen runners to confine themselves to air-conditioned gyms come summer. Instead, scientists at the University of Newcastle have found a refreshingly new way for you to take the heat in your stride.
In their research, men were asked to complete a 5K treadmill slog in humid 33°C conditions. After each second kilometre, some of the participants were given a shot of menthol to swill for five seconds before spitting. Not only did this livener lead to an increase in speed, but it significantly decreased “perceived thermal sensation”. In other words, the swillers felt cooler – even more so than subjects who sipped a slushie pre-run. The mint men also had higher blood levels of prolactin – a hormone that indicates physical exertion – suggesting they were able to push even harder.
Related: 8 ways to make you run faster
So next time you feel the pull of the great outdoors, pack a mini bottle of mouthwash along with your carb gels and iPod. Or, if supping on Listerine mid-cardio doesn’t appeal, try adding a few crushed mint leaves to your sports bottle. Clocking a PB by June will be a welcome breath of fresh air.
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