When people think of their overall health, they are likely to consider their internal organs such as their heart or lungs, or maybe their brain. They might think of their limbs and muscles or their bones. What they don’t often think of is their senses. The senses of sight, hearing, and taste are all incredibly important; try to imagine your life now without one or more of these senses, and you’ll see how much you rely on them. It’s important to look after your senses just like the rest of your body; the following tips will help you.
Your sight is so precious, yet it can be damaged very easily either by illness or in an accident. Even the environment around you or the work you do can compromise your eyesight. In order to ensure that you are able to see as well as possible, it is important to make regular appointments with an optometrist. For healthy adults, a check-up every 12 to 24 months is absolutely fine.
You should see your optometrist even if you don’t think there has been a decline in your eyesight; it might be very slight and you haven’t noticed it yet. As well as this, these medical professionals check the health of the eye in general, and this is crucial to combat problems early.
You can have your hearing checked at a clinic, and if there is a problem, then you can be fitted for a hearing aid to assist you. This is a great way to help if your hearing is already damaged, but it is far better to protect your hearing from the start and not to have to use tools to boost what you can hear later on.
Examples of how to protect your hearing include not using Q tips to clean your ears; nothing should enter your ear canal at all, as it is very delicate and can easily be damaged. If you think your ear is blocked and full of wax, make an appointment to have it professionally cleaned.
You should also always wear ear protection if your place of work is noisy. If you listen to loud music, take a break (or even better, turn the music down).
Your mouth is a complex area of the body, and many different elements come together to give you the ability to taste. If you are ill or have some damage in your mouth (such as a broken tooth or infected gums), then your ability to taste will be compromised.
If you are suffering from a painful tooth or your gums are giving you problems, seek help from a dentist. You may need a lot of work done to correct the issue, but you won’t know until you have it checked out. As an alternative to root canal work, you can visit a holistic dentist – this can be ideal for those who are afraid of a regular dentist but who still need work done.
As well as seeing a dentist on a regular occasion (and especially when you are in pain), you should stop smoking if you do so – this can prevent you from tasting properly, and of course it can lead to cancer (including of the tongue, lips, or gums).