Taste and Smell:
to Promote Healthy Senses of Taste and Smell
Dr. Ben Kim
is 80 percent smell.
have about 10,000 taste buds on your tongue that help you differentiate between
sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and other tastes.
your taste buds are small players compared to the nerve fibers that sit near the
roof of your nasal passageways and help register various smells, at least where
your ability to taste different foods is concerned.
is mounting scientific evidence that suggests that having a poor sense of taste
may lead to regular overeating. The idea is that when you are partially numb to
what your food tastes like, you may require more overall volume to feel fully
this is true for you or not, it's in your best interest to have keen senses of
taste and smell - both can help you avoid foods, substances, and circumstances
that are harmful to your health.
Action Steps that Promote Healthy Senses of Taste and Smell
you brush your teeth, use your tooth brush or the edge of a spoon to gently
clean the surface of your tongue. Rinse well after each cleaning, and be sure
to give your cleaning tool (brush or spoon) some time under a stream of hot water
to help remove or kill off undesirable bacteria.
use a tooth brush with soft or extra soft bristles, and replace your brush regularly
- about once every two months at a minimum.
cleaning your tongue can help keep your taste buds optimally receptive to registering
Your Nasal Passageways
following procedure, done regularly, can help promote a keen sense of smell by
keeping your nasal passageways clean. This procedure can also help prevent or
address nasal congestion.
over your bathroom sink, turn on the cold water, cup your hands together to form
a basin-like shape that allows the cold water to pool.
your nostrils down to your hands and fill both with cold water by inhaling very
gently to ensure that water goes as far back in your nasal passageways as is comfortable.
Hold the water in this position for up to three to five seconds.
your hands to the side and allow the water to drain from your nasal passageways.
As the water runs out of your nostrils, cover up one side at a time while blowing
gently through the other side. This will help remove any mucous and waste materials
in your nasal passageways.
the steps listed above two to three times or until you feel that your nasal passageways
are completely clear of debris.
nice about the cleansing routines described above for your tongue and nasal passageways
is that you can do them as many times as you want throughout the day without any
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