Lesson 5

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How To Improve Your Sense Of Smell

1. Take Care of your body

  • There’s research that suggests your sense of smell is stronger after exercise. It’s not known exactly why this happens, but it’s suggested that exercise produces chemicals that stimulate parts of the brain associated with smell.
  • Exercising enough to work up a good sweat has also been associated with a reduced risk of losing smell capabilities that sometimes diminish with age. Slowing down the aging process isn’t easy – there’s no fountain of youth to provide an easy fix – but exercise helps.
  • Avoid consuming too many foods that cause excess mucus production, like refined sugars and spicy foods. Remember, Mucus blocks odor molecules and can diminish your sense of smell in the long run.
  • Quit smoking! If not for your health in general, but also because it actively destroys those olfactory receptor neurons that play a major role in your ability to differentiate smells from one another.

2. Be Aware

  • Pay more attention to what you’re already smelling. You may be surprised at how many scents you routinely ignore. Think about your sense of smell and fine-tune it daily.
  • Here’s a quick challenge for you gents. Next time you’re sitting down to that meal you love, hold back those caveman instincts to devour that food and take a minute to breathe in. Savor the smell and recognize what makes it unique.
  • Going out for a walk in the cold, crisp air? Great! Breathe it in deeply and enjoy the scents of nature! You’ll be surprised how many different smells you can pick up simply by walking down the street.

3. Nose Training 

Once you become more aware of the smells you routinely encounter, go a step further and “train” your nose.

Think of your sense of smell like a muscle. You need to train it!

So I want you to start this process now.

  • Next time you’re in a grocery store, buy a lemon and smell it.
  • When you go back to that grocery store the next week, do the same with a different fruit or vegetable.
  • As you do this more often, try different types of lemon. Yes – not all lemons are born equal and all have individual elements that make them smell unique.
  • The purpose of this task is to try to build up your “olfactory knowledge” – a huge library of different scents in your brain. Fine-tune your knowledge of scents and fragrance – by doing so you’re also improving your ability to associate different smells with the desired emotions and values established earlier in this course.

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