You don’t need a calendar to know when summer begins. Your NOSE will tell you first. When you catch that first whiff of someone on the block lighting up a grill, your sense of smell informs you the season’s here.
The only thing better is when that smell is coming from your own yard!
Yes, your nose is pretty handy for letting you know what smells good. And it’s great at warning you away from anything that smells BAD. (Peeeeeee-YEW!)
But new research reveals how it can also detect another kind of odor… if you know how to sniff it out.
Your sense of smell can actually catch the scent of DEATH… sneaking up on you!
And if you pay attention… if you KNOW what your NOSE already KNOWS… you could take action right now to sniff out the source of the problem, protect your health, and save your life.
Death risk soars 46% when you lose sense of smell
Your nose is a direct link to the brain. But chronic health problems can often block that signal, cutting it off so you can’t quite pick up scents the way you used to.
In the new study, older folks losing that essential sense were 46 percent more likely to die over 10 years than those with a sharp sense of smell.
The risk even extends beyond that decade, jumping by 30 percent up through the 13-year mark, according to the study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
I know all this might sound a little CRAZY, but it isn’t the first time we’ve found that your sniffer can be like a canary in the coal mine.
And again, this warning sign often turns up BEFORE the actual symptoms of the disease itself.
That means it’s your BEST CHANCE to act before the bad stuff happens.
At-home sniff test reveals risks
Here’s an easy way to test your sense of smell … right now… in your own home.
Crack open a jar of peanut butter.
Seriously. That’s your first big clue right there.
We all know what it’s SUPPOSED to smell like. The scent of peanut butter is practically ingrained in the brain, from childhood memories right up to today.
But if you twist open the lid and smell… well… nothing much, then you MIGHT have a problem brewing (or just a bad jar of peanut butter, so get two just in case).
The emphasis is on might. Nothing is written in stone, and even if there is something wrong with your sense of smell identifying it early often gives you the best shot at stopping it, beating it, and staying alive.
So pay attention to your nose. If certain things don’t smell right… or smells seem to be fading… then get to the doc ASAP.
Together, you can sniff out the source and cut those risks before they turn into a much bigger problem.