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Safe-guard Your Tongue

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How the effects of everyday habits impacts our health!

Life has many pleasures, some are good for us and some not so much. At every turn we are faced with making many decisions. We are constantly bombarded with what to eat, what to drink and so on. Growing up in a small underdeveloped country I saw firsthand the effects of alcohol abuse.

God has created so much for us to see, eat and enjoy. As with most things in life, in everything we have to practice moderation. Along with the many things we can enjoy there are some that has the propensity to cause us distress if we are not diligent.

When it comes to enjoyment, eating is one of the foremost ways that we enjoy life. We enjoy the many wonderful smells the world have to offer and make every effort to avoid the not so pleasant ones. Taste comes in several flavors, sweet, bitter, sour, salt and umami (savory). There are a few everyday items that can negatively alter or enjoyment and impact our taste buds.

Being overweight

Studies show a link between obesity and having a diminished sense of taste. This seems to encourage the person who is overweight to consume more calories thus the cycle of obesity continues. Obesity according to science is an inflammatory process and impacts the cell turnover of the tongue. The good news is that the process seems to be reversible with weight loss.

2. Smoking kills your taste buds

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Cigarette smoke is odious, yellowing our nails and our teeth, it causes gum disease, high blood pressure, strokes etc., and kills your taste buds. Reason being toxic chemicals in cigarettes influences the taste buds to lose their shape and flatten in a process known as vascularization. Vascularization causes your taste buds to become less inefficient at detecting flavors.

3. You nose may be the culprit

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Smell and taste go hand-in-hand therefore your taste buds function by detecting flavors via your nose and tongue. In fact, it’s thought that up to ninety (90%) percent of our sense of taste is closely tied with our ability to smell. For this reason when your nose is congested it diminishes the way your food taste. So if you are not suffering from a cold and you’re still experiencing a dull sense of taste you need to have it evaluated ASAP. If your taste buds are not be the problem your sense of smell could be. Aging, neurovascular conditions, Alzheimer’s — diseases of the head and neck as well as many other diseases alters our sense of taste.

4. Too much sugar in your diet

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Experts have always cautioned us on the use of too much sugar. Routine overindulge in sugary foods and drinks. Too much sugar actually dulls the perception of sugar. What that means is that over time you have to consume more and more sugar to get the same pleasure from eating it. Try to reduce your sugar consumption as much as possible.

5. Exposure to harsh chemical cleaners

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If like me you love a clean home and use/used harsh chemical cleaners that could have negative effects on your ability to smell and taste. Did you know that some household cleaners are quite toxic. Strong cleaners like bleach for example can affect the delicate lining and sensory cells in the nose, especially when cleaning small, unventilated areas, e.g., bathroom. Some exposure will not necessarily cause permanent damage but continuous and prolonged exposure will eventually destroy the cells in the nasal passage and your taste buds.

6. Excessive alcohol intake

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We all know that too much of any one thing is not good for us. Many people enjoy a glass of wine, beer or the spirits, but excessive intake of alcoholic beverages can affect your sense of taste. One of the ways alcohol damages your taste is by causing numbing effect to the taste buds. Studies have shown that if your taste buds are really sensitive to ‘bitter’ you are less likely to overindulge in alcohol.

Final thoughts:

Life is for living and though there is much to eat, drink and do, we are tasked with taking the responsibility for our health by way of our choices. So take care, eat and drink in moderation while maintaining an awareness of what may cause an unwanted consequences to your health. In safe guarding your most important attribute — your health, you can enjoy all the pleasant taste and smells for a long time to come.

Take care and be well. God bless you all!

References:

  1. https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nidcd.nih.gov%2Fhealth%2Fsmell-disorders
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc
  3. https://worldmedicinefoundation.com

 

 

 

14 thoughts on “Safe-guard Your Tongue

  1. Fruity balloons to stay well and take care!

    1. Thank you, working here at getting my strength back up.

  2. I love the grapefruit balloons. Brilliant❣️🤗

    Excellent advice on protecting our taste buds and I consistently tell me kids “everything in moderation”.

    1. Hope you’re feeling back to normal 🤗🤗🤗

      1. Today I feel about 90%. Still having the headaches but I’m grateful to be doing good.
        Thank you for ALL your prayers and healing thoughts.

  3. What a delicious photo! loved it. I think those were great health habits topics. – David

  4. Praying for your continued healing. Thanks for this great advice! I didn’t know that so many things could affect our sense of taste! I have stayed away from chemical products as much as possible over the years, but for other reasons. I tend to get headaches easily from chemical smells, including perfumes that people wear. Plus, I know that chemicals can cause other health problems.
    Take care! Get well soon! 🤗

    1. Thank you for all your prayers. I needed and appreciate them.
      When my eldest was young he sucked his thumb and wanted to be the best mother I cleaned the toilet and surfaces with bleach. I would open the bathroom window, quite small and take a gulp of air in then go back in for the clean… I wish I knew how damaging that was then.
      One of the reasons why youth is wasted on the young.

  5. Excellent information, thank you. Thinking of you and sending healing energy-vibes your way.

    1. I appreciate your well wishes, still need them. Thank you.

  6. Thanks for sharing these sis. 🤗
    I love the new blog theme too. ❤

    1. Oh my dear, thank you. I have a young blog friend who is helping me and we collaborate.

  7. Excellent information, the bible says everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial and that is just the truth.

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