Boogies, boogers or bogeys start off as mucus – a clear slimy substance 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 clumps that 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 seems to be true!
Professor Napper claims that eating boogies helps strengthen our immune system so that it can fight off other illnesses.
Scientists call this the “hygiene hypothesis,” and believe that early exposure to germs can make you healthier and therefore happier as you grow.
Austrian lung specialist Professor Friedrich Bischinger, goes so far as to say that when snot is ingested, “it works just like a medicine” and that research proves this.
So next time you see your child with his or her finger jammed up their nose, you know what to do! Smile, and think you are actually being a great parent!