Good News? Science Says Picking Your Nose Actually Improves Your Health!

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Growing up, you all must have been told that it wasn't good manners to pick your nose. Apparently, science had not contributed to this statement, yet. Now it does and surprises us, as usual.

Researchers from Harvard University and MIT found that snot is actually an amazing source of good bacteria.

Well, apparently, it helps our teeth and mucus form a helpful barrier against bad bacteria.

According to the study, there's something called salivary mucins in snot, which protects our teeth from a type of bacteria that's responsible for causing cavities.

There's also evidence the mucus in snot could defend against respiratory infection and stomach ulcers. Which is good news all round, really.

According to Austrian lung specialist, Prof Friedrich Bischinger, people who pick their noses are healthy, happier, and probably better in tune with their bodies.

"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."

In fact, the researchers who led the study are looking into making synthetic mucus, that could be made in the form of chewing gum or toothpaste.

Scott Napper, who is a professor of biochemistry at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, said:

“Nature pushes us to do different things because it is to our advantage to have certain behaviours, to consume different types of foods. So maybe when you have an urge to pick your nose and eat it, you should just go with nature."

“From an evolutionary perspective, we evolved under very dirty conditions and maybe this desire to keep our environment and our behaviours sterile isn’t actually working to our advantage.”

Strong words, right?

Of course, it is all your choice to go for it!

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