I’ve had this problem for a while now. I thought it was just a side effect of being a running / cycling smoker, so put up with it and kept firing the snot out of nostrils as and when they blocked up (very frequently). Anyhow, I was expecting this to clear up when I stopped – but it hasn’t – so I googled and found this thread.
At first I was happy – a nasal spray which will prevent this? Fantastic! Oh.. a nasal spray which I’ll have to use forever… not so good.
This got me thinking on the merits of continuing to ‘snot-shot’ Vs continuously sniffing it up.
Fire it out = easier, plus you drop off some small amounts of weight.
Sniffing it up = a bit more tricky (for me) initially, but might get easier with practice. You’re also carrying more weight (albeit fractionally).
So I returned to google again to try and find out the nutritional value / breakdown of nasal mucus – was it dead weight to be lost, or was it worth the effort of erm.. re-internalising it.
I found that it’s 95% water. Additionally, it has a high carb content.
“Respiratory tract mucous glycoproteins are large, extended molecules, which have a high carbohydrate content. They are polydisperse, with variation occurring largely in the content of sulfated sugars and sialic acid. Factors such as cell of origin, chronic lung disease, and pharmacologic effects influence the density of these anionic (acidic) groups. Variation in acidic properties may influence the physical and virus-binding properties of mucus. “
So water + carbs… could be handy on a longer run. Admittedly, there’ll possibly be a lot of stuff in there which you don’t want to digest.
(written in a bit of a rush)
Posted: 23/03/2011 at 15:34