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It Just Makes Sense: Looking After Your Sight, Smell, Hearing and Taste

Smoking can damage the ears

We’ve all read blogs and articles about the importance of leading a healthy life for reasons like losing weight, beating back diabetes and reducing your chances of heart failure. However, the severity of these risks is almost too much for any of us to really wrap our heads around. But, what if I told you that healthy living could be the very thing that protects your senses; your eyes, sight, hearing, smell, and taste.

The big question, of course, is how can healthy living you maintain your senses for years to come?

Dry eyes as age
Upping your Omega 3 levels can help keep your eyesight young longer. Pexels Photo (CC0).

Dry Your Eyes

At about 45 years of age, our sight starts to deteriorate. We become sensitive to light, get blurry vision and something known as burning eyes. In order to reverse this, your best bet is to speak to your doctor and ask them about certain prescription drops that can aid in tear production. As for preventing this from happening, well, upping the amount of Omega 3 you chow down on is a great way to go. That will really help in the battle against dry eyes, which tends to be the cause of most other eye issues. It could be supplements you opt for, or it could be snacking on walnuts every day, or eating fish on a daily basis too.

Smell gradually fades as part of the aging process
Help prevent the decline of smell by staying clear of smoke and chemicals. Pixabay, CC0 License.

Can’t Smell As Well Anymore

65 may be a great time for all those looking forward to retiring, but it is around this time you will notice a faded sense of smell. If you have already noticed this, then your best bet at reversing it is to perform some rather ridiculous sniffing exercises twice a day. It is also worth asking your doctor if anything inflammation is to blame. As for preventing this decline of smell, stay clear of smoke and chemicals; the kind you would use for house cleaning. Another tip is to start smelling those things that have strong and distinctive aromas, like ginger and peppermint, cinnamon and lavender.

Smoking can damage the ears
Take care with how you protect your ears. Photo via Pexels, CC0.

What Did You Say?

This tends to start becoming an issue in your 40’s and can be the result of many variables, from exposure to loud noises at a young age to diabetes. If this is something you think you’ve been battling with as of late, then it may be time for you to look into hearing aids, which you will know by getting a consultation, in which some places offer these for free. To stop this from happening altogether, stop smoking. Stop smoking right now. It damages the blood vessels in your ears. The other thing you can do is take better care over how you protect your ears. If you are using machinery at work or at home then wear earplugs. The same goes for attending live music events and turning your music down a little when listening to your iPod. It will all help big time.

Protect your taste buds
Try adding more spices and flavors to your dishes to compensate for the fading loss of taste. Pexels image, CC0.

When Taste Fades 

Taste doesn’t tend to disappear too much until you reach the ripe old age of 65, and even then it is sour and bitter tastes that will get snatched first. The bad news is, there isn’t much you can do to reverse a loss of taste. All you can do is add more flavors and spices to your food. In terms of protecting this sense of yours, however, your best bet is to make sure you care for your mouth, which means convincing yourself to see the dentist again. It means oral hygiene is a must. By doing this you will be protecting your taste buds and we don’t need to tell you that this is a good thing.

14 thoughts on “It Just Makes Sense: Looking After Your Sight, Smell, Hearing and Taste”

  1. Hello Christy,

    I learn always something new from your articles.I did not know that about our eyes ,that is really interesting, just like your every single article .

    Thank you

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