There are few luxuries in life as wonderful as the taste of a delicious chocolate cake, or the sensation of whipped cream on your tongue. Food is just amazing, and it’s no wonder that we are obsessed with it.
But of course, food can have a downfall too: when we eat the wrong foods or not enough of the right foods, our bodies are impacted in different ways; usually, these ways are not positive.
There is, of course, the other side of enjoying food that we don’t talk about a lot, and that’s when our age, the drugs we take, and our lifestyle can all impact the way we get to enjoy food and the taste sensations.
Let’s explore why these three things can impact our taste buds in a negative or positive way.
Your Age is Not Just a Number
While it’s lovely to think about aging gracefully, the reality is that over time, our bodies stop working the way they once did, and our senses begin to break down. Most notably, our eyesight and our hearing becomes reduced, but also our touch, response time, and of course, our taste. As we age, our tastes change.
When you are middle-aged, your palate may become more refined, based on the foods you eat. As you age into your senior years, however, you may find that the foods you once enjoyed are not cutting it anymore.
This is because our bodies are slowly dying. It’s not a fun thought to think about, but it is a true one.
Medication Can Cause Problems for Your Taste buds
Another interesting side effect of aging is that we tend to take more medications. As our bodies age, they require more care and upkeep. Even very young people sometimes need medications or drugs to keep their health in good working order, but the side effects of those medications can cause problems with our taste buds.
Cancer patients, for example, may report having lost an appetite for food – even their most beloved dessert choices.
People who use cannabis or CBD products on a regular basis, either for pain or for recreational purposes, often report that their tastes have changed as a result of using those products. It’s not a secret that smoking (anything) can change the way you smell and taste and experience the world.