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By  jet223  |  20

Well actually snot itself does not boost your immune system but rather it is the first response of the immune system. The first response is not antigen specific and just keeps out all intruding substances. The mucus traps the bacterium and then sends it out via the nose and that is why it is not smart to swallow or sniff back in your mucus.

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By  IronMan_Mk43  |  20

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  jet223  |  20

Well actually snot itself does not boost your immune system but rather it is the first response of the immune system. The first response is not antigen specific and just keeps out all intruding substances. The mucus traps the bacterium and then sends it out via the nose and that is why it is not smart to swallow or sniff back in your mucus.

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#9 makes a good point, but it has also been proven that digesting the bacteria in your mucus does improve your immune system. This operates in the same way that when an infant puts everything in their mouths, it exposes them to a multitude of the germs around them and gives their body a chance to break it down. This helps the immune system fight off invasions of such germs in the future. So, technically speaking, eating your own snot can be beneficial, just as long as you don't go full idiot and purposely ingest so much that you vomit. As always, moderation is key, even when we're talking about knocking back nose leakage.

By  roprocha  |  8

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