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How to Protect Our 5 Senses

Of the 5 senses, don't forget about touch

Most of us take our senses for granted. But the fact is that any one of them could be taken away from us at any moment, especially as we age. That’s why it’s so important that when we take care of our health and well-being, we don’t forget to protect our 5 senses either. Here are some easy ways to start doing so.

Protect Your Sight

To protect your sight, you should have your eyes tested at least once every two years, or more often if your optician suggests it. Not only that but also avoid straining your eyes to read, use bigger fonts (Kindles are great for this), and take regular breaks if your eyes start to fatigue.

Another thing that will help to ensure you maintain the ability to see well is eating a healthy diet low in sugar and high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Also incorporate vitamins E and C are they are thought to promote good eye health.

More about the 5 Senses: Protect Your Hearing

Go for hearing tests if you notice an issue
Most people experience hearing loss as they age. Pixabay photo, CC0.

Many people experience gradual hearing loss over the years. Some people lose their hearing altogether or have it seriously impaired when they are exposed to certain viruses and infections.

Others have hearing problems after suffering a stroke or heart attack. Then, there are the people who around loud noises over a long period of time, causing issues like tinnitus and hearing loss. Thus, the causes of hearing degradation vary wildly, as do the ways to protect it.

Obviously, wearing earplugs in environments with high decibel sounds is a must for protecting this 1 of the 5 senses. That’s true as well for keeping your ears clean using a special spray to remove waxy build-up and dirt regularly.

Other than that, there are many types of hearing tests to consider having as soon as you notice a problem, and regularly after you reach age 60. Doing so will help to catch any potential problems before they worsen and wipe out your ability to hear completely.

Protect Your Smell and Taste

Thankfully, most people will not lose their sense of smell and taste. But it can happen, due to the degeneration of nerves in the nose and on the tongue. To minimize the chances of this happening to you, treat nasal infections and infections inside the mouth quickly. Regular brushing and perhaps using a neti pot to keep your nasal passages clean can make a real difference too.

Other than that, regularly exposing yourself to various new tastes and smells can help these 2 of the 5 senses alive.

Sense of touch in motion
Taking care of your senses. Pixabay photo (CC0).

Protect Your Touch

As you get older, your skin will change. And you may start to notice a decrease in sensitivity due to nervous system changes. These alterations can happen because of a number of things, from poor diet to circulatory problems and damage from the sun. Therefore, it’s important to regularly use sunscreen and live a healthy lifestyle, including exercise and a balanced eating plan.

The 5 Senses Enrich Life

Sensory experiences are what life is about, so protect yours!

What are some other ways to care for our 5 senses? Do you do things differently now than when you used to?

12 thoughts on “How to Protect Our 5 Senses”

  1. Great Post! Eye is an important part of human body.He knows who have no sights .So we should take care of our valuable eyes. I will flow above 5 tips .

  2. Hi Christy:
    Great read as always…
    As I was reading this the thought of life without our senses came to mind. Over the years I have worked in some dangerous fields and protecting them has been ever important. It has been a slow transition from coming from hardly any protection to what we see today. We can be thankful for the change.

    Hugs from over the Rockies.

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