Link Between Severity of Cold Symptoms, Bacteria Living in Your Nose

In news with several layers of weird, researchers have determined that the mix of bacteria that live inside your nose – yes, there are organisms living inside your nose – correlates with the type and severity of cold symptoms you develop.

We have discuss this in past here that bacteria living in body play vital role, not only in disease manifestation but also healthy maintenance:

Immunity Part 3: Your nose generates antibiotics

Pranic Science: How Good Bacteria Might Help Prevent Middle Ear Infections

Ok but then who decides what bacteria will be present in your nose? We need to go back and understand science of breathing to realize what bacteria will stay in nose. And at larger scale, it is all leads to our environment.

To understand this,

Microbes are nothing but manifestation of our bodily Prana. They are not organized as organ but do work as community with special purpose to serve the body. And since they are manifested based on Prana, they can be controlled by Pranic exercises. Asana(s) and specifically Surya Namaskar plays vital role here for their well-designed postures and bends with regulated breathing.

सूर्य नमस्कार for Healthy GUT : How exercise alone shapes GUT Microbes

If we go little deeper and see the movement of prana by breathing in form of 5 basic elemental form, we will realize how exactly it controls our health or diseases intensity.

Even professor at IIT mumbai shares the same research where he explains how environmental conditions (temperature, moisture and nitrates) decide which pests will be present at your home! (I have personally observed it between two homes where kitchen is exactly in opposite directions. In one kitchen, cockroaches rule and in another mosquito.)

Damaged/Disturbed Ecology induces vector borne epidemics

What solution scientists of this paper[1] refer:

Could Probiotics Shorten Your Cold Symptoms?

Turner and his colleagues were interested to see whether giving people probiotics – beneficial bacteria – might improve their cold symptoms or affect the composition of their nasal microbiomes. The answer? Nope.

The researchers gave study participants a probiotic to drink. Not only did it not affect the microbiomes in their noses, it didn’t have much effect on the microbiomes in their stomachs, either. “We can detect the probiotic in the gut very frequently. Not in everybody, but very frequently,” Turner said. “It didn’t really dramatically influence the microbiomic pattern of the gut. So it’s not like the probiotic alters the microbiome of the gut in any substantial way.”

It’s possible that administering a probiotic directly to the nose, such as through a spray, could have more effect. But Turner, who has been researching colds for decades, is skeptical that it would make a big difference.

“It’s not going to be so simple, I don’t think, as saying, ‘OK, what happens if you give a probiotic?’” he said. “One of the things that would be interesting to ask, and this would be a completely different study, is, what happens if you give antibiotics? Can you change the nasal flora by giving antibiotic? And is that a good thing or is that a bad thing? Those are all unknowns.”

Implant probiotic bacteria in nose! 😀 This is very short term vision. Our nose environment is not static. Based on environment, breathing techniques and air quality, and even mental state of the subject, things will again change!!

Wait for second post about how different breathing states can provide vital health information and how correct them by changing breathing patterns.

Here are two more links to understand how breathing affects health. (Received via Paramtap Mewada)

Now try to connect the dots

  1. Why polluted regions have lower life expectancy and increased chronic diseases
  2. Why children must be taught disciplined life, pranayama,  sandhya when they reach the age 7 or 8?
  3. Why schools (age 8 to 18) in forest?
  4. Why Pranayama based Surya Namaskar and not just exercise steps?
  5. Why mantra japa? Why changing ॐ?



Nasal microbiota clusters associate with inflammatory response, viral load, and symptom severity in experimental rhinovirus challenge

The role of nasal and fecal microbiota in viral respiratory infections has not been established. We collected nasal swabs and washes, and fecal samples in a clinical study assessing the effect of probiotic Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis Bl-04 on experimental rhinovirus infection. The nasal and fecal microbiota were characterized by 16S rRNA gene sequencing. The resulting data were compared with nasal inflammatory marker concentrations, viral load, and clinical symptoms. By using unsupervised clustering, the nasal microbiota divided into six clusters. The clusters predominant of Staphylococcus, Corynebacterium/Alloiococcus, Moraxella, and Pseudomonadaceae/Mixed had characteristic inflammatory marker and viral load profiles in nasal washes. The nasal microbiota clusters of subjects before the infection associated with the severity of clinical cold symptoms during rhinovirus infection. Rhinovirus infection and probiotic intervention did not significantly alter the composition of nasal or fecal microbiota. Our results suggest that nasal microbiota may influence the virus load, host innate immune response, and clinical symptoms during rhinovirus infection, however, further studies are needed.