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Why do I swallow my spit? – ‘The Why’

Why do I swallow my spit?

Welcome to the newest edition of The Why.

Everywhere you look the media is pushing you telling you who to follow, what to watch and when to watch it.   You’re even sometimes told how to do it all.  Truth is, here at American Live Wire we do a bit of that too.  The big difference is we also tell you why.

You ask the questions.  We provide the answers.

“Why do I swallow my spit?” you ask?

At first yours truly misread the question and thought an editor would have to be consulted before publication but sometimes when you spend so much time doing nothing but writing your mind not only wanders but your eyes play tricks on you as well.  Having said that let’s get back on track with our current question: “Why do I swallow my spit?”

why do I swallow my spit

Why do I swallow my spit?

The most humorous response to the question “Why do I swallow my spit?” was “because spitting is gross. “  While some may consider that quite true it does little to answer the actual question from a medical or scientific standpoint.

Still, before we actually do answer the question “Why do I swallow my spit?” let’s review exactly what “spit” is.  Sources such as AW.com (a companion website to Human Anatomy & Physiology by Elaine N. Marieb) define “spit” or rather saliva as a bodily fluid with numerous purposes.  Saliva moistens food.  Saliva starts the digestive process and also contains anti-bacterial agents.

Your skin acts like a barrier against infections.  Your body, however, has to have some other safeguards concerning your numerous bodily orifices.  Thus your eyes have their own lubrication, your ears have wax and your respiratory tract has cilia and mucus down your respiratory tract.

Your mouth actually has three different kinds of glands in it.  They all produce saliva.  The saliva is there in preparation for when you put food into your mouth.  It helps you taste the food, makes it easier to swallow the food and prevents the throat from drying.

That’s fine but still doesn’t answer the question: “Why do I swallow my spit?” you say?  Hang in there for another sentence or two, mmmkay?

The inside of your mouth is lubricated so that you are much less likely to tear your mouth’s inner lining.  Additionally, as soon as you put food into your mouth, the saliva also serves to start the entire process of digestion.  So why do you swallow your spit?

It’s natural.  Your body produces more saliva than is generally needed so it is only natural that you would swallow some of your own saliva.  Have no fear though as your body is very “green”.

On you swallow your saliva it travels to your stomach.  There it is reabsorbed through your large intestine.  Your “spit” is thus recycled.

“Why do I swallow my spit?”  Now you know.

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About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.