LIMITED SENSE OF TASTE (ageusia)
WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHAT'S CAUSING IT? WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Are you prone to a problem with 'Limited sense of taste'?
Loss of taste and flavor makes it hard for you to choose the right foods for your body. Impaired taste can cause you to eat too little and lose weight, or it could make you eat too much and gain weight. Impaired taste can predispose you to using too much sugar or salt in an effort to make your food taste better. Your sense of taste and smell is very important for determining when food has spoiled. It can also help you detect foods you are allergic too. Loss of flavor can make you depressed; food is one of the ways we experience the zest of life. The human tongue has 2,000 - 8,000 taste buds, which are replaced every ten days. Taste buds are found on the tongue, roof of the mouth, and lining of the throat. As we age, we lose taste buds. Dry mouth can also cause a limited sense of taste.
Humans have taste buds for sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, astringent, and umami. Aroma of food (flavor) is interpreted by the nose. Often, people who go to the doctor complaining of diminished taste are surprised to learn that loss of smell is the cause. When the nose is stuffed, the aroma of the food is blocked from the nose, making food taste bland. True loss of taste is rare - loss of smell is much more common.
Thousands of nerve endings, especially on the moist surfaces of the eyes, nose, mouth, and throat, help you to determine chemical properties of food, a kind of taste called "common chemical sense." These nerve endings help you interpret heat, cold, and texture. Together, all these sensations help your body develop a relationship with the food you are eating.
These nerve endings give rise to sensations such as the coolness of mint and the burning or irritation of chili peppers. Other specialized nerves give rise to the sensations of heat, cold, and texture. When we eat, the sensations from the five taste qualities, together with the sensations from the common chemical sense and the sensations of heat, cold, and texture, combine with a food's aroma to produce a perception of flavor. It is flavor that lets us know whether we are eating a pear or an apple.
Gustin is the common hormone responsible for growth and maintenance of all sense organs, including taste buds and olfactory bulbs. Gustin is called the salivary hormone because it is responsible for making the mouth water. Gustin is a zinc-metalloprotein, making zinc the primary trace metal related to physical sensation. All of the sense organs depend on adequate levels of zinc for growth and maintenance. Low zinc is directly related to low gustin, as well as poor sense of taste and smell. Many people with a limited sense of taste found that their tastes returned to normal after taking zinc supplements for less than a week.
A dry mouth diminishes your sense of taste. A lingering unpleasant taste in the mouth after eating can distort or diminish taste sensations. Too many sweets can diminish tongue sensitivity. Metallic silverware can distort taste. A burning sensation in the mouth can diminish sense of taste.
Ear infections, dental surgery, and chemotherapy can distort taste, as well as poor dental hygiene. Exposure to pesticides and pharmaceuticals can impair taste. Nerve degeneration such as in Parkinson's can cause loss of taste, as can the use of albuterol to treat asthma. Interestingly, anesthesia is often used to diagnose loss of taste, as often taste improves after dosage. The best way to improve taste is by increasing hunger.
Disclaimer: Conditions such as 'Limited sense of taste' that cause tissue changes could be serious and should be checked by a medical doctor.
WHAT HAS HELPED YOU HEAL?
DIET REMEDIES FOR 'LIMITED SENSE OF TASTE'
PRODUCT REMEDIES FOR 'LIMITED SENSE OF TASTE'
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DISCLAIMER: The pathogenesis of each person's condition is unique, and so the diet must be fit to the individual and the unique root causes of the condition in your body.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA HEAL 'LIMITED SENSE OF TASTE'?
AVOID DIETS, LIFESTYLES & HERBS THAT AGGRAVATE THESE EFFECTSAccording to Ayurveda, one or more of the following doshas and qualities may aggravate 'Limited sense of taste'. If you have an excess of one of these doshas or qualities below, Ayurveda recommends reducing foods and lifestyle habits that aggravate them. Click on the quality to learn what foods and lifestyle habits should be reduced.
Symptoms Tell A StoryThe first step to healing is learning patterns from your symptoms. Symptoms are clues that reveal underlying imbalances. Symptoms show you where your body is weakened. Ultimately, all disease has a root in tissues too weak to defend itself. Ayurveda describes these patterns of weakness using doshas & qualities. If you notice a quality or dosha appears next to many of your symptoms, it helps you establish a pattern that may be systemic.
V = VATA, P = PITTA, K = KAPHA
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FAVOR DIETS, LIFESTYLES & HERBS WITH THESE MEDICINAL EFFECTSEverything you eat has an effect on your body, which Ayurveda categorizes in a simple and easy way, using gunas. Gunas are qualities (like cold and hot) that describe the effect a food or herb has on your body. Cooling foods like cucumber, decrease metabolism. Heating foods like chili pepper, stimulate your body and increase metabolism. For 'Limited sense of taste', you should select foods with the following qualities (gunas). Individual results will vary, based on your body type and the root cause of your imbalance.
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APPETIZERHerbs that cleanse the palate & stimulate hunger or desire to eat.
SIALOGOGUEA sialogogue increases saliva. Sour foods are often great sialogogues, and increase output of all exocrine glands. Salty taste is very moistening as well. Bitter, pungent and sweettastes also increase salivary output but to a lesser degree. Astringents
Cleanse and Detox:
DETOXICANTAn herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.
Lung and Sinus:
FLUSHES-SINUSESAn herb that relieves sinus congestion by flushing out mucus.
ADDRESS ISSUES IN STAGE OF DISEASE 3LIMITED SENSE OF TASTE IS IN STAGE OF DISEASE 3 - ATTACKING TISSUE
If you have symptoms in this category it means that your imbalances are becoming stronger and weakening your body's resistance. Most people have a weakness in one or more organs. These areas of weakness are the 'weak link in the chain.' They are first to succumb when an imbalance reaches a tipping point. Repairing imbalances in this category often represent your last opportunity to prevent disease. At any moment, these imbalances could overwhelm weakened tissue and develop into a disease. You may feel pain or discomfort in the weakened area. At this stage you will need to support the weakened tissue with specialized foods and herbs for the weakened tissue.
REDUCE THESE RELATED SYMPTOMS & HABITSThe following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Limited sense of taste'. See your quiz results for a computerized assessment of your body type. Please click on the symptoms below to learn more about them.
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HOW AYURVEDA WORKSARE YOU WONDERING HOW AYURVEDA CAN HELP YOU?
WHY IS AYURVEDA THE RIGHT SOLUTION?Ayurveda strengthens the body, in addition to addressing the disorder. It take a holistic, systemic approach, instead of myopically focusing on the disorder in question. Ayurveda shows a person how to interpret signs and symptoms of imbalance, and how to address them using materials from home, so they can optimize their health on a continual basis. You can't take the doctor home with you, but you can take Ayurveda home with you. Ayurveda is the most advanced and easy to use home system for self healing with an exceptional focus on digestion.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA WORK?Ayurveda starts by identifying your body type, which identifies certain tendencies in your body to get sick (as well as identifying your strengths). It uses body type to determine the likely root causes of your disorders. Next, Ayurveda analyzes the nature of your disorder. It fits all your signs and symptoms into a pattern, expressed as a combination of gunas / qualities. For example, you may have a heat disorder, a cold disorder, or an oily disorder, etc. This simple categorical approach shows you how to correct systemic imbalances and strengthen your body as a whole.
On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalances (gunas). By eating an optimal diet that balances your gunas, your whole body is strengthened and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies - such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance your healing.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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