Kids who pick their nose and eat their boogies are happier and healthier

If your child is often seen with a finger jammed up their nose, you don't have to ask them to stop anymore!

Scott Napper, an associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan, says that exposing the body to the germs inside boogey mucus can help build up a child's immunity.

According to Professor Napper, children who eat boogers may have a physical advantage over kids who don't.

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Boogies, boogers or bogeys start off as mucus - a clear slimy substance which lives inside our nasal passage.

This mucus traps small particles that we breathe in like dust, pollen, and even germs. As the mucus gets closer to incoming air, it dries out into what we affectionately call boogies.

So, while it might seem that eating boogies would be bad for you, considering they’re full of dirt and germs,  the opposite has been found to be true by several studies.

Professor Napper claims that eating boogies helps strengthen a child's immune system so that it can build up and be a strong defence against other diseases. 

Scientists call this the “hygiene hypothesis,” and believe that early exposure to germs can make you healthier.

Research published in the American Society for Microbiology also discovered boogies have a number of other health benefits too - including keeping your teeth in good condition!

Researchers discovered that boogey mucus - called salivary mucins - prevents bacteria attaching itself to your teeth and causing cavities.

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The researchers are now investigating how they can recreate the positive effects of this mucus by placing it in chewing gum or toothpaste.

Imagine telling your child, they need to eat boogey toothpaste! 

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