It’s true what they say about following your nose. Because of all the senses our bodies have, it seems that the nose knows best.
Smell is truly an amazing sense because it is so strongly connected to our thoughts. Each of us has about 4 million smell cells in our noses. Not only can a nose determine the identity of a particular scent within tens of thousandths of a second, the nose works in conjunction with the brain to determine aspects of a scent such as its distance and intensity.
Besides differentiating between a flower and a skunk, our noses can also figure out other pertinent information about us, like personality traits, ailments and emotional responses.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, Moms. You may still have eyes in the back of your head, but the nose knows quite a bit too.
What the Nose Knows Best
Here are 10 amazing things that your nose can tell you right now. Your nose knows…
Whether you are male or female
Despite having smaller noses, women have a more heightened sense of smell. Women have more olfactory cells in the brain than men. This is a surprise to no woman, of course. Though having confirmation is not so bad!
Whether your body needs a reboot
Scientists say that sneezing is the body’s way of restarting itself naturally. It’s trying to tell us something important. That’s why people with allergies and sinusitis tend to sneeze more often than others.
If you’re a psychopath
Serial killers, lunatics, and plain old nut jobs may all have in common an impaired sense of smell. One recent study found that people with psychopathic tendencies have a poorer sense of smell than the rest of us.
About your best and worst memories
Have you ever smelled something and it immediately triggered a memory from your past? That may seem like a simple coincidence, but it’s actually a physiological response by which our brains can associate smells with specific memories.
Your mom may not always know where you’ve been, but your nose knows.
By the way, if you want to improve your working memory, try smelling rosemary. Research has shown that inhaling the scent of rosemary can help people to remember to complete tasks within a particular time frame.
If you are anxious, or if you should be
Before the brain has time to interpret that an odor could mean trouble, fear can begin at the sensory level. Anxious people, like animals, have a heightened sense of smell for sniffing out a threat, as detecting smells may signal danger. So the next time a scent makes those little hairs on the back of your neck stand up, go with that feeling because your sense of smell may be triggering your instincts.
If you’re a liar
You know that feeling you get like your face is flushed and everyone can tell that you are only pretending not to care about someone or something? Let me be the one to break it to you that you are flushed, they can tell, it is real – and it’s coming from your nose.
Pinocchio may not have told the truth, but his nose sure did. Your nose may not get longer when you tell a little white lie about your true feelings, but you will experience an increase in the temperature around your nose, perhaps making you a bit red in the face.
If you are developing a disease
Because the sense of smell is a process of the central nervous system, the ability to smell may be an indicator of disease. Both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s are central nervous system disorders, and multiple studies have shown that people with impaired central nervous system are more likely to have an impaired sense of smell. In the near future, a simple smell test may become a vital screening tool for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
How you perceive food
It’s no surprise that we can smell food, and some foods smell more desirable to us than others. However, your food choices may be impacted by your sense of smell in another way.
Without seeing a food, one’s sense of smell can detect the amount dietary fat in that food. For some people the scent of fat may make a food smell more appealing, while for others it may be the opposite. Interestingly, however, it turns out that eating too many high fat foods can dull your sense of smell.
If you are feeling stressed
Inhaling certain fragrances can reduce your stress levels by stimulating the region of the brain that is connected to smell. Our “olfactory system” (sense of smell) is the only sensory system that can send a message to the limbic system of the brain. The limbic system is the region that controls emotions and memories, causing chemicals to be released that can make a person feel relaxed, calm, or even stimulated.
Aromatherapy, the therapeutic use of fragrant plants, has been used for generations to support emotional wellbeing. For instance, it has been found that the scents of lemon, lavender, and other fragrant plants may alter gene activity and blood chemistry in ways that can reduce stress levels.
If you are sitting or laying down
Did you know that your sense of smell is more sensitive when you are sitting up compared to when you are lying down? And did you know that your nose can’t smell scents while you are asleep? Both are true, so please make certain that you have a working smoke detector in your bedrooms.
Never Fear, Mothers. You May Still Know Best.
Of course, the irony here is that the nose knows nothing. Though the information gathered from the tasks performed by our noses can tell us everything. The receptors in the nose send messages to the brain to help us make sense of scents and to act accordingly.
So inhale deeply, friends. Mother may still know best, but the nose knows everything.
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