Has the nose EVER been in the spotlight this much before?
A few months ago, it was revealed that loss of smell could be one of the first warning signs of the coronavirus infection.
And ever since then, a lot of us have been sniffing at EVERYTHING just to keep checking. It’s kind of like taking a simple “COVID-19 test” dozens of times every day.
But even if you don’t have the infection… if there’s not a chance in the world, you might be sick… there’s another good reason to keep focusing on the sniff test.
It turns out your NOSE might KNOW when you need to be concerned about something besides the coronavirus. And that’s your memory.
In fact, not passing the sniff test could be your first red flag of a future with dementia. And that means your nose could ALSO sniff out your best chance to take action to prevent it.
What your NOSE might tell you about your BRAIN
The eyes might be the window to the soul. And your stomach might be the road to the heart. But the NOSE just might give you a whiff of what’s going on in the BRAIN.
In recent years, scientists have uncovered increasing evidence that changes in the sense of smell could be an early warning sign of dementia. Now the latest research also finds that loss of all senses in general – including vision and hearing – could be warning signs for major memory loss.
But scientists say the biggest and earliest red flag for dementia may be that loss of smell. And that’s especially true when you start to lose the ability to pick out DISTINCTIVE scents such as paint thinner, roses, lemons, onions, and turpentine.
According to researchers, a decline in smell of just 10 percent means your dementia risk jumps by 19 percent.
They believe it’s because the olfactory bulb, which sends the signals from the nose to the brain, may start to lose that connection very early in dementia.
It’s called the “preclinical” phase. And it’s when the damage is there… but not enough to turn up on tests.
Drive down dementia risk with these simple moves
And that, my friend, is GOOD news. Because by the time dementia is diagnosed with a standard test, it’s often too late to act, and the disease only gets worse.
But when your nose raises a red flag even before there’s any significant memory loss, it gives you the chance to act early. And when you do, you might be able to slow the memory loss down, or even stop the creeping dementia in its tracks.
If you’re worried about memory loss, fight back, starting with a little movement. One study earlier this year found that aerobic exercise could help improve memory by 47 percent.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to suit up in spandex and join a gym to battle dementia. Try some fun “dancing for exercise” videos on YouTube or plan in a swift stroll around the park every day instead.
Next, eliminate your exposure to toxins like those found in many processed foods. They can send metals and other junk into the brain, contributing to cognitive struggles, dementia, and more.
And then talk to your doc about supplements known to enhance blood flow and protect the brain. B vitamins, fish oil, ginkgo biloba, and citicoline are all great places to start.