Mucus, is it better to spit or swallow?
October 18, 2006 11:39 AM Subscribe
When engaging in a high aerobic activity that causes mucus to build up, is it better to swallow the mucus or spit it out?
posted by birdlips to Health & Fitness (15 answers total)
When I am doing things like mountain biking or running and I reach a certain point I start to generate a lot of mucus in my nose and throat. I generally just cough it up and spit it out. However, during my run yesterday it came to me that they may be some benefit to digesting it rather than disposing it.
I know mucus is primarily made up of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts. Knowing that, it seems it can't be worse to swallow it.
I was wondering if anyone had any opinions either way...other than the obvious gross factor.
Also, if anyone has an opinion to why I might be producing mucus only when I reach a higher anabolic state, I would appreciate it.