In news that’s sure to send a shiver down the spine of right-minded thinkers everywhere it turns out that picking your nose and eating the bogies is good for you.
According to Kidspot , devouring emerald chunks of nose gold has a whole host of health benefits including defending the body from tooth decay, respiratory infection and may even play a role in stopping stomach ulcers and HIV.
So why are bogies good for you? Well it’s all down to what they’re made of, namely mucus, which is the sticky snot at the back of your throat that contains salivary mucins.
These mucins can form a barrier against certain bacteria which block them from entering into the bloodstream.
If the idea of digging around in your nose for a particularity ‘ripe’ bogey doesn’t appeal to you though don’t worry researchers are trying to develop a synthetic mucus that could be made into chewing gum or edible paste. Yum.
Prof Friedrich Bischinger a lung specialist takes one step further, claiming that people who pick their noses are happier healthy and better in tune with their bodies than those who don’t.
Eating the dry remains of what you pull out is a great way of strengthening the body’s immune system. Medically it makes great sense and is a perfectly natural thing to do.
In terms of the immune system, the nose is a filter in which a great deal of bacteria are collected, and when this mixture arrives in the intestines it works just like a medicine.
If you do pick your nose and eat your crows don’t start getting all high and mighty just yet.
Another report claims the exact opposite about nose pickers saying they can make their nose bleed increasing the chance of infection.
Who to believe…
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