Dr Oz: What Mucus Tells You
In this segment, Dr Oz pulled up an audience member, Keisha to demonstrate the purpose of mucus. (This is probably one time I would not want to be pulled from the audience. Yuck!)
Keisha held up a plastic screen, labeled mucus. Dr Oz used a fan and fake paper pieces that represented foreign particles. He turned on the fan and the particles blew all over the place. Keisha had to use the mucus screen to catch the particles. This experiment demonstrated that it is mucus that catches the foreign particles and keeps them away from our lungs.
Dr Oz: Mucus Health Facts
- Mucus should be thin. To demonstrate this, Dr Oz had Keisha dip her hand into two vats of gooey, green gook. One is thick and the other is thin. Since mucus is 95 percent water, it should be thin. Thick mucus is a sign of a viral/sinus infection.
- Mucus should be clear in color. To demonstrate the different mucus colors, Dr Oz had Keisha hold a giant tissue under a big, plastic nose. The nose “sneezed” and yellowish green gunk poured out. Dr Oz says that this color indicates an infection and he advised his audience and viewers to remedy the infection by using a Neti pot to rinse out our sinuses. The nose “sneezed” once again. This time, red goo oozed out of the fake nose. According to Dr Oz, if you have a little bit of blood coming from your nose, this may mean that your nose is dry and has caused some cracking. To remedy a dry, cracked nose, use a nose humidifier to keep it moisturized.