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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

 

 

 

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All, especially Black People Please Read & Share, YOUR life may depend on it!

I did some research as I wanted to be able to share with you this Doctor’s credentials. Dr. A. Oussama Rifai is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in the specialty of Internal Medicine and the sub specialty of Nephrology. Dr. A. Oussama Rifai is also a designated Specialist in Clinical Hypertension by the American Society of Hypertension.

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My Gee an ER nurse as well if fighting COVID-19 in New York on the frontline….tips on what they are using for ALL: Get your daily Vitamin C  and Zinc ………. see tables below.

How much vitamin C do I need?

The amount of vitamin C you need each day depends on your age. Average daily recommended amounts for different ages are listed below in milligrams (mg).

Life Stage Recommended Amount
Birth to 6 months 40 mg
Infants 7–12 months 50 mg
Children 1–3 years 15 mg
Children 4–8 years 25 mg
Children 9–13 years 45 mg
Teens 14–18 years (boys) 75 mg
Teens 14–18 years (girls) 65 mg
Adults (men) 90 mg
Adults (women) 75 mg
Pregnant teens 80 mg
Pregnant women 85 mg
Breastfeeding teens 115 mg
Breastfeeding women 120 mg

If you smoke, add 35 mg to the above values to calculate your total daily recommended amount.

How much zinc do I need?

The amount of zinc you need each day depends on your age. Average daily recommended amounts for different ages are listed below in milligrams (mg):

Life Stage Recommended Amount
Birth to 6 months 2 mg
Infants 7–12 months 3 mg
Children 1–3 years 3 mg
Children 4–8 years 5 mg
Children 9–13 years 8 mg
Teens 14–18 years (boys) 11 mg
Teens 14–18 years (girls) 9 mg
Adults (men) 11 mg
Adults (women) 8 mg
Pregnant teens 12 mg
Pregnant women 11 mg
Breastfeeding teens 13 mg
Breastfeeding women 12 mg

 

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Reference: Tables copied directly from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Take care, blessings.

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For Every Thing … Give Thanks

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“Be grateful for what you have, then you will always have more to be grateful for!” (author unknown)

 

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“Today I choose to live with gratitude for the love that fills my heart, the peace that rests within my spirit, and the voice of hope that says all things are possible.” (author unknown)

 

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The joy of the Lord is our strength. For everything, and in every season, let us give thanks…

Have a wonderful, blessed and safe day!!

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Changing Seasons of Life

When I meet new people I wonder, what attracts me to them? Them to me? Why does a friendship develop…why does it end?

One such friend we will call ‘Em’. I was a teenager when I first met Em. We were young girls in a strange country, America, both living in Queens New York.

Em and I were cousins a few times removed. I had spent one year in the Caribbean island of Antigua living with my aunt. My mother thought it was a great thing, a change of environment and a chance to ‘see something of the world’.

I was engaged to be married at the young age and since my mother had been married young and subsequently divorced, she wanted me to avoid the same pitfalls.

So off to Antigua I went, to go stay with my aunt and to get me away from the ‘young love’. Sadly, it worked, but that’s another story for another day.

Back to Em and I.

In Antigua, Em’s mother was a friend of said aunt and through that relationship I came to learn we were cousins.

So when I emigrated to the good ole USA one cold February day, I was armed with a telephone number of Em who was a few years older than I. I was given strict instructions to get in contact with her and for us be friends!

So dutifully several months later I called Em. She, I would learn later had also been given similar instructions, so we planned a meeting.

We decided to meet on the train going to Manhattan, since my stop was at the end of the service line I would get on the train first. Once the conductor announced that next stop “Roosvelt Avenue / Jackson Heights”, I knew that was where Em would get on the train.

I tried to imagine what she would look like since I had no photographs to go by. We had predetermined that I would wait at the first car, no cell phones back then, lol. Can you imagine, no cell phones, however did we live! Anyways we recognized each other and instantly a friendship began.

Em and I remained great friends and the years passed. We have supported and loved each other through all types of life changes. Em never got married nor had children, not because she did not want to because she desperately did, more so than I, but somehow it never worked out for her. Very sad.

This friendship lasted throughout the years, she became a ‘sister’ to me and a member of my close family. She is godmother to my first child now twenty two years old, babysat for me, we’ve laughed, cried, fought, made up and through it all we were always there.

So why the friendship ended, I’m sure dear Em is as perplexed as I.

I moved from New York in 2010 due to some life circumstances, Em was there with me the day before I left and yet I moved here and I never called Em again and she never called me.

No discernible unease, absolutely no bad feelings on my end and I don’t believe any on her end either. But why did we part? I do not know.

Intermittently I get asked by family what happened with you and Em? I have no answers. I simply do not know…

Why do friendships start? Why do they end? Is their purpose sometimes just a temporary respite for one, for both? Is this respite just for a season? Why not a lifetime?

As always, God bless you!