Why do we gulp when nervous?

Updated: 9/15/2023
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It would seem that this type of "gulping" correlates with activation of the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight system). In this situation the body is preparing for increased need for oxygen so swallowing clears the airway of anything that would potentially be aspirated, like saliva or your favorite flavor bubble gum.

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