The Dos And Don'ts Of Protecting Your Senses

by - January 14, 2019

We depend on our senses for rational, accurate and consistent interpretation of the world around us. We need them to interact with external reality, allowing us to train our minds and focus our intellect. Without our senses, we suffer.

It’s a good idea, therefore, to protect our senses in whatever way we can. But how do we keep our eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and skin healthy? Let’s take a look.

Do Avoid Eye Strain

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The modern world demands a lot of our eyes. Many people work in jobs that require constant focus, usually on a computer screen. But there’s a problem: continually focusing on objects right in front of you can cause fatigue in the muscles that surround the eye. Over time, this fatigue can lead to eye strain which, in turn, can change the physical structure of the eye over the long-term.

Experts recommend taking breaks every 20 minutes or so and just staring into the distance, or closing and relaxing your eyes. If you can touch type, try to spend some time with your eyes closed and not staring at the computer screen so intensely, especially if you don't have to. You can also try sitting a little further away from the monitor and increasing the magnification in Windows’ settings if you’re struggling to see what you’re doing.

Don’t Ignore Hearing Issues

Hearing issues have a propensity to get worse over time, especially if you ignore them. It’s a good idea, therefore, to learn more about the effect of hearing loss and what you can do about it. Hearing aids, for instance, not only amplify sounds in the environment, but they can also help improve hearing by stimulating the auditory cortex (which may have atrophied in the absence of sufficient stimulation).

Do Wear Sunglasses

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The retina at the back of the eye is a sensitives sheet of cells that detects patterns in light. Although it’s well inside the body, it can still be damaged, especially by UV light. UV light comes in through the pupil, strikes the retina, and can damage it, just like skin cells. Many professionals recommend that people wear sunglasses in bright sunlight to protect the retina from damage.

Don’t Neglect Oral Hygiene

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Oral hygiene is vital for avoiding deterioration in your sense of taste and smell. Failing to clean your teeth regularly can result in a degeneration of the nerves in the mouth and nose through chronic inflammation, leading to problems in the future. Experts recommend using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste twice per day, brushing for two minutes at a time.

Do Eat Well And Exercise

Eating well and exercising benefits all the senses, but it can be particularly helpful for your sense of touch, especially in sensitive areas of the body. For nerve cells to work correctly, they need a constant supply of blood and nutrients. Those nutrients get transported by capillaries - little blood vessels that are laced throughout the body. However, poor diet and sedentary lifestyles damage these capillaries and, by extension, the surrounding nerve cells, reducing sensitivity. Do the basics: eat lots of whole plant foods and do 20 minutes’ exercise per day.

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