Not being able to taste food can take the enjoyment out of eating. Loss of taste, known as ageusia, can be a natural occurrence with aging or a side effect of medical conditions, treatments. It is the fourth most commonly reported side effect of COVID 19.
- Focus on your other senses. Choose to make your meals more visually appealing by adding various colors or spending time decorating your plate with garnishes. Slow down and notice the subtle differences in textures, add crunchier foods to your meal to stimulate your senses of sound and touch.
- Try adding spices and herbs to your ingredients. This may bring joy to your meal by reminding you of certain memories and creating an enjoyable atmosphere.
- Certain sour and tart foods can enhance and stimulate the taste buds. In this case, add more citrus flavors (think lemon, orange, lime).
- Try small frequent meals. Make a plan for each day to eat small meals every couple of hours, instead of 3 meals a day.
- Keep your mouth clean by flossing and brushing your teeth regularly. Between meals, you can opt for an oral rinse to keep your mouth clean. Here’s a simple rinse you can make at home: 1 Tablespoon. of baking soda in 1 cup of water. Use as a mouth rinse throughout the day
- Check expiry dates. A lack of taste can hinder your ability to notice if foods taste “off” or have gone bad.
- Drink fluids. A lack of fluids can lead to dry mouth, which can worsen your ability to taste. Drink water between meals and take only small sips while eating.
8. Take an oral supplement. Try opting for an oral nutritional supplement like Hi-Protein Ensure, freeze, and eat like ice cream. Try a peanut butter banana smoothie.
Try all of the above and see what helps the most and then continue. Take Care. Live Healthier.