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’re doing things to take care of our health and wellbeing, we don’t forget about them either. With that in mind, here are some simple tips for taking care of your senses:
Protect Your Sight
In order to protect your sight, you should have your eyes tested at least once every two years – more if your optician suggests it. Not only that, but you should avoid straining your eyes to read, use bigger fonts (Kindles are great for this), and take regular breaks should your eyes start to feel fatigued.
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 as well as vitamins E and C that are thought to promote good eye health.
Protect Your Hearing
Many people experience gradual hearing loss as they get older and some people lose their hearing 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 are exposed to loud noises over a prolonged period of time, causing issues like tinnitus and hearing loss – so the causes of hearing degradation vary wildly, as do the ways to protect it.
Obviously, wearing earplugs if you’re going to be exposed to high decibel sounds is a must, as is 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 you should consider having as soon as you notice a problem, and regularly after you reach the age of 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 senses of smell and taste, but it can happen, due to the degeneration of the nerves in the nose and on the tongue. To minimize the chances of this happening to you, be sure to 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.
Other than that, regularly exposing yourself to various new tastes and smells can help these senses alive.
Protect Your Touch
As you get older, your skin will change, and you may start to notice a decrease in sensitivity due to changes in your nervous system. These changes can be caused by a number of things, from poor diet to circulatory problems and damage from the sun, so using sunscreen, living a healthy lifestyle and exercising regularly can all be helpful.
Sensory experiences are what life is made of, so protect yours!