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( Maybe NSFW ) So, fellow human beings, how has saliva benefited you?

Asked by mazingerz88 (18388 points ) April 7th, 2012

Have you at one time or another thought about how saliva help you perform your normal human bodily functions? If you did, what were those possibly unique insights of yours and if you haven’t, care to think about it now and share? What I’m going for here are random answers that may surprise and not just the typical scientific definition such as this one…btw, humor welcome.

SALIVA – the watery fluid that is secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands. In many animals, including humans, it contains the enzyme amylase, which breaks down carbohydrates. Saliva contains mucus, which lubricates food for swallowing, and various proteins and mineral salts.

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ragingloli's avatar

Thank you for excluding me.

AshLeigh's avatar

I have such a dirty mind.

AstroChuck's avatar

Well, it has helped break down food in my mouth making it easier on my digestive system.
Now, ask me how Salvia has benefitted me.

gasman's avatar

@AstroChuck Let’s hear it for amylase, an enzyme in saliva that breaks down sugar. That’s why M&Ms “melt in your mouth, but not in your hand.” Unless you carry them around all day.

Pandora's avatar

Other than help me suck my food and phlegm down my throat, not much. I wish it would stop breaking down all the carbohydrates and just let most of it come out the other end. Then I could eat all the carbs I want and not worry about my ass growing. :P Stupid saliva.

flutherother's avatar

It was useful for spitting in the school playground to indicate contempt for the educational system.

Blackberry's avatar

I believe saliva also acts as a “mineralizer” to help fight stages of tooth decay.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Adhering stamps and closing an envelope. The benefit: Not having utilities cut off.

CWOTUS's avatar

How else would we make spitballs? We’d have to buy them at Wal Mart like everything else.

We’d probably have to compare prices between Kraft™ and the generic store brand, and really, who wants to comparison shop for spitballs? Ptooie, I say.

JustPlainBarb's avatar

It gives me something to do in the dental chair… SPIT please!! :)

gailcalled's avatar

It has kept the top, bottom and sides of my mouth from adhering permanently together.

MilkyWay's avatar

It is the reason I taste my food. I don;t know what I would do if I couldn’t taste any of my food… that would be a nightmare.
It is also very helpful when giving a blowjob.

blueiiznh's avatar

Saliva is gods gift of a natural lubricant.

enuf said

Symbeline's avatar

One time, at band camp, some guy tried to rape me. I spit in his eye and he was all like, aaaah I can’t see, you filthy hellspawn! I ran.

FluffyChicken's avatar

It makes excellent lubrication for food, gum, and candy. It is used in the first step of the digestion process. It’s good for making promises(spit, shake). It can be used in a tissue to remove food or dirt from the face of a child or loved one. It can be used in spitting contests. It can be used to get a reaction out of hilariously squeemish people. It can be used to mark one’s territory(don’t eat this, I licked it). In general it makes life more delicious. Also, blowjobs.

Keep_on_running's avatar

Saliva is good for helping the healing of small cuts or recently popped pimples. Well, I’d like to think it does anyway. Anyone know any research into this?

jazmina88's avatar

sativa…..is helping my nerves this morning.

Saliva is useful in many situations.

mazingerz88's avatar

@Symbeline Glad you could spit that hard. That much and with pinpoint accuracy. You must be descended from that dinosaur in Jurassic Park who spat on the chubby guy who stole those dino DNA. : )

Coloma's avatar

Fascinating saliva fact # 379

Every time you urinate a small amount of urine is excreted in your saliva.

FluffyChicken's avatar

@Coloma… I saw that in a book of “gross facts” once. Oddly, it had no bibliography or works cited. I looked it up and found no supporting evidence. I will believe it when an actual doctor or scientific study tells me that. Especially since you saliva glands are next to your mouth, and your urinary system is all below your waist. It just doesn’t make sense, and sounds like something made up to gross people out.

Coloma's avatar

@FluffyChicken Maybe we read the same book. lol

FluffyChicken's avatar

I don’t doubt it.

AstroChuck's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer- Where or what decade do you live in where you still have to lick stamps in order for it to adhere to a letter?

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@AstroChuck I’ve been waiting for that question. :) I don’t, but Mom still has some.

Oh, here’s another one: to aid in threading a needle.

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