Eat Your Boogers! Research Claims It’s Good For You

boogers, nose, immune system


Eat Your Boogers! Research Claims It’s Good For You

Written by: Lindsay Sibson

Ahhh the sights, sounds and smells of a foreign land… ONE of the many, many reasons why I love to travel.

People watching in different countries has to be one of the BEST ways to learn about the culture and life of its residents.

Sometimes you observe beautiful things… other times strange… and other times shockingly bizarre.

After 24 hours in Thailand, I couldn’t help but notice SO MANY people picking their noses in public. And I’m not talking a discreet little itchy-itch. I’m talking about a knuckle deep scavenger hunt.

I even saw one street vendor give his finger a rigorous swirl in his nostril, pull it out to take a look, then lick his finger like a lollipop before proceeding to nostril #2.

** Did you just gag as well? **

Now, before you and I get all high and mighty… according to science, Mr. BoogerEater could be onto something.

Get ready for it…


The Science Of Eating Boogers

So, here is the theory of WHY people eat their boogies:

  • A biochemist from the University of Saskatchewan, Scott Napper, proposed that nasal mucus (boogers) have a sugary taste that is MEANT to entice you to want to eat it.

Mmmm tasty *gag*.

By doing so, Napper believes that this actions helps introduce pathogens from your environment to your immune system.

The result? It helps build up your natural defenses.

In our modern society, which tends to be obsessive about cleanliness, scolding kids (and adults for that matter) for this “dirty” habit may actually be counterproductive!

How Eating Boogers Helps Your Immune System

Your health is determined by the state of your immune system. What this means is that whether you get sick or not when you’re exposed to germs depends on how strong your immune system is.

When you eat boogers, you are exposed to the bacteria in them. As a result, this helps your immune system grow stronger.

“Science says, we should ALL be eating our boogers… let’s talk about that.” Skip to  8:45 to learn about the science of eating boogers:

Clean Freak? Here Is How To Deal With This “News”

To avoid being overly hygienic, it is first important to recognize that there is a growing number of research that shows:

Here is how you can avoid being “too clean.” By doing so, you will help bolster you and your family’s natural immune system responses:

1. Don’t be scared of DIRT – let your child get dirty

    • Encourage them to play outside and get dirty

2. Do NOT use antibacterial soaps and other antibacterial household products

    • They wipe out microorganisms that your body needs to be exposed to in order to develop and maintain proper immune function
    • USE THIS INSTEAD: castile soap

3. Avoid unnecessary antibiotics

    • Eat organic and locally grown produce and meats
    • Food that contains NO antibiotics

Well then… I guess this is why picking your nose is called “digging for gold.” The things you learn in life…

What do YOU think of this? SHARE your thoughts in the comments below.



Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.

Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (

Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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