Reignite Your Taste Buds

On the subject of taste buds, I’m super excited to dive deeper and share with you some really cool things about taste buds! I’ve learned so much, I definitely have a new heightened respect for my tongue!

Taste is one of our oldest senses and yet, until most recently, it is the least understood of our senses.

Did you know our taste buds have a shelf life? The normal life cycle of our taste buds is anywhere from 10 days to two weeks. In the instance that you burn your tongue, your taste buds will grow right back. This is good news! Our taste buds don’t diminish with age.

How Many Taste Buds Do We Have?

From how many taste buds we have; an average anywhere from 2,000 to 10,000 to learning about “Super Tasters”…yes, that’s really a thing! If you have over 10,000 taste buds you are considered a “Super Taster” they give you a cape…only kidding! But you are elevated to super palette status basically you taste things very intensely.

In this article, I’ve included a super fun at home “Super Taster” taste bud test if you want to find out your personal taste bud status!

What Exactly Are Taste Buds?

Taste buds are exactly that…little “buds” or sensors that determine your food preferences. Inside your taste buds are specific receptors that send messages to your brain allowing it to distinguish tastes; sweet, salty, sour and bitter and a fifth or “new” taste called umami, which has a savory element.

Your taste buds are not just in your mouth and on your tongue…they are everywhere, from the roof of your mouth, in your throat and stomach.

Most people think the pink bumps on your tongue are your tastebuds. Those pink bumps are actually called fungiform papillae or for this articles purpose aka “fungiform P”. Each one of those pink bumps or “fungiform P” has an average of six taste buds buried inside the surface tissue.

The average adult has between 2,000 and 10,000 taste buds. People who have more than 10,000 taste buds are considered to be “supertasters”….yes, it’s actually a thing! They taste things more intensely.

As a general rule, “supertasters” don’t like vegetables as they seem bitter to them. They also tend to find sweet desserts too sugary.

KISS Your Taste Buds Hello Again!

Again, I go back to the KISS technique. Keep It Super Simple.

In order to reignite your taste buds you need to find a taste or flavor that gets you salivating again.

Keep trying and sampling foods until something hits your tongue and bells start to go off! Then you know you are headed in the right direction.

Bring out the sweetness in your food. As a general rule, sweetness tastes better!

Also add in healthy fats. Your stomach has fatty acid receptors that when triggered send a happy signal to your brain!

Personally, I’m a sugary, sweet and starchy (starch same as sugar) girl at heart. In learning what works for my body, over the years I’ve been able to eliminate sugar based on my belief that it brings me pain. I’m pretty certain at birth, I popped out a sugar-oholic! Knowing my love for chocolate and sugar, I’m able to call upon those old cravings and use it in moderation to trigger my appetite if needed.

If you already know what your cravings this is where we get to use those pesky cravings for good. Dive deep into those flavors until your taste buds resurface.

Taste vs. Flavor

Taste buds pick up and determine the specific 5 tastes mentioned above.

Flavor is both a combination of taste plus smell which is how your brain registers scents while you are eating. When you smell your food, a “scent” message is sent to one part of your brain. During the eating process the food will send a message to a different part of your brain. Interesting enough the “scent” message is completely separate from the flavor…your brain is able to distinguish the difference.

Super Cool At Home Taste Bud Test

Apply a couple of drops of blue food color to your tongue and swallow a few times. Look and examine your tongue’s surface. Your “fungiform P” won’t pick up the dye so your taste buds look like pink polka dots on a blue background.

If your tongue appears to be almost solid pink, then you have tons of “fungiform P” and might be a “supertaster”.

Now that we have talked about food and our taste buds, I like to go full circle and talk about few healthy basic habits that you can put into practice that can have a direct positive impact on your health. What I like to call me healthy hacks at any age!!!

Healthy Hacks For Any Age

Mindful Eating

A good rule I try to live by…If I eat it, I want to taste it and enjoy it! I can not tell you how many times I personally eat while working. Half-way through my meal, I realize I’m eating mindlessly eating, shoving food in and not giving either one my full attention. We live in a fast-paced world and meal time is important. Take your time to eat. Sit down and enjoy yourself and your meal!

Make Your Meal An Event 

Sounds kinda silly, but I I’ve been known to set a fancy place setting from time to time for my morning breakfast! No special occasion required. Make your environment enticing to eat.

Eat In Groups

Over the weekend, I attended a lot of parties and family celebrations. I noticed I ate a lot more than usual. Makes sense if you think about it…I was around a lot of food and a lot of people eating food. Make it a point to have meals with friends and loved ones.

Chew Your Food

Digestion starts in your mouth! This is something I’ve had to work at personally…Chew…Chew…Chew! It’s really true! Enzymes are secreted in your saliva and they start to break down the food in our mouth as your chewing. The more you chew your food, the easier you digest your food.

Eat A Balanced Diet

Eat a balanced diet of protein, omega-3 fatty acid, calcium, vitamin D and Fiber. They all work together for your health.

Crowding Out Method

Add in healthier foods any chance you can while you naturally crowd out less healthy food choices.

Eat Healthy Snacks

Add healthy snacks in your diet as much as possible. Walnuts, Yogurt and cheese are all great snacking choices.

Read Labels

Look for key numbers and to check for basics; Calories, look at the serving size and avoid most common irritants specific to you. ie; sugar, dairy, grains.  Everyone is individual in how they react to foods.

In my case, I’m highly reactive to processed sugars of most kinds. I know certain sugars will trigger inflammation so I avoid it as much as possible. Allergies, sinus and acne conditions tend to be traced back to dairy for some. Grain is another irritant as I’m sure we are all know we are in the midst of a gluten-free craze all around us!

Be Your Own Best Advocate

Start listening, asking questions and start paying attention to your body. No one knows you better than you. Make your health a priority and be an active participant in your own health care.

Exercise

You have to move it in order to use it! Time to step it up!

Sleep

Sleep directly correlates to your food and your health. Sleep regulates how much you eat, how full you stay after you eat and is even linked to your brains food choices. 7 hours of sleep on average is recommended.

Create a bedtime routine or rituals. This will not only help relieve stress, it prepares you for a good night of sleep.

Seek Medical Attention

If you have specific health concerns, seek out an appointment with your Doctor. Have a conversation about your concerns and get involved. Learn about the any blood work/ tests and follow up and be your best advocate.

For specific food concerns speak to a registered Dietician, a Nutritionist…Did you know most Doctors are not focused on the benefits of a healthy diet as they are not taught nutrition in medical school? Find an expert on food and nutrition. 

Hire a Health Coach

That’s where I come in. Someone like me and other Health Coaches are able to work side by side with all medical professionals.

We take the Doctors recommendations…you know that crazy piece of paper you handed at the end of the appointment and make sense of it all. I help my clients that those recommendations and help create healthy habits and work it into your daily routine.

If your still not convinced that food can have a direct impact on your life, I’ve included a before and after picture of myself. In the before picture, I see massive weight obviously, but what I  see is disease, chronic inflammation and a lot of physical pain.

In the after picture, I see health, happiness and life. 

It wasn’t until I made the connection that as I ate better, I felt better. 

I’m living proof that food can directly impact your life!

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Mindful Eating – A good rule I try to live by…If I eat it, I want to remember it! I can not tell you how many times I personally eat while working. Half-way through my meal, I realize I’m eating mindlessly eating, shoving food in and not giving either one my full attention. We live in a fast-paced world and meal time is important. Take your time to eat. Sit down and enjoy yourself and your meal!

Make Your Meal An Event – Sounds kinda silly, but I I’ve been known to set a fancy place setting from time to time for my morning breakfast! No special occasion required. Make your environment enticing to eat.

Eat In Groups – I noticed over the weekend, I had a lot of parties and family celebrations and I noticed I ate more than usual. Makes sense if you think about it…I was around a lot of food and a lot of people eating food.

Chew Your Food – Digestion starts in your mouth! This is something I’ve had to work at personally…Chew…Chew…Chew! It’s really true! Enzymes are secreted in your saliva and they start to break down the food in our mouth. The more you chew your food, the easier digestion goes on your stomach.

Eat A Balanced Diet – We spoke earlier of the importance of protein, omega-3 fatty acid, calcium, vitamin D and Fiber. They all work together and need to be in balance.

Crowding out method – Add in healthier foods any chance you can while you naturally crowd out less healthy food choices.

Add In healthy Snacks – Add in healthy choices as much as possible.

 Read Labels – I didn’t touch much on this as label reading in itself is an entire podcast on it’s own! But you want to know basics. Calories, check your serving sizes and then look for the most common irritants specific to you. Everyone is individual in how they react to foods for example…In my case, I’m highly reactive to processed sugars of most kinds. I avoid it at all possible. I actually associate sugar with pain as I know it will trigger my inflammation. I know this because it happened enough that I was able to recognize a pattern and when removed from my diet so went the pain. Allergies, sinus and acne conditions tend to be traced back to dairy for some. Grain is another irritant as I’m sure we are all know we are in the midst of a gluten-free craze all around us!

Exercise – You have to move it in order to use it! Trying walking.

Sleep – Sleep directly correlates to your food and your health. Sleep regulates how much you eat, how full you stay after you eat and is even linked to your brains food choices. 7 hours of sleep on average is recommended. Create a bedtime routine or rituals. This will not only help relieve stress, it prepares you for a good night of sleep.

Be Your Own Best Advocate – Start listening, asking questions and start paying attention to your body. No one knows you better than you. Make your health a priority and be an active participant in your own health care.

Seek Medical Attention – If you have specific health concerns, make an appointment with your Doctor. Have a conversation and get involved. Learn about the any blood work/ tests and follow up and be your best advocate.

For specific food concerns speak to a registered Dietician, a Nutritionist…find an expert on food. Did you know most Doctors are not focused on the benefits of a healthy diet as they are not taught nutrition in medical school.

Hire a Health Coach –  That’s where I come in. Someone like me and other Health Coaches are able to work side by side with all medical professionals. We take the Doctors recommendations…That crazy piece of paper you handed at the end of the appointment…We make sense of all of this. We work with you to take those recommendations and help you create healthy habits and work it into your daily routine.

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