Proper Exercise Supports a Healthy Sense of Smell

Proper Exercise Supports a Healthy Sense of Smell

What would it be like if your sense of smell didn't work after being infected with COVID-19. Fortunately, there are now exercises that promote healthy smell again.


UMMATIMES - Karen and Heiner Reese like toeat bread stuffedfish with onionsonions, which in Germany is called Bismarck. But even though the food is delicious, both of them can't taste the taste of food since being infected with COVID-19.

As Reese said, now the Bismarck bread, which was actually a bit sour, tasted bland. "It does have a slightly sour taste, but it's not completely Bismarck." Her husband, Heino Reese, said he felt something crunchy when he took a bite.

Disorders of the sense of smell

Actually the sense of taste is often not disturbed. Thus knowledge so far . What is disturbed, after recovering from being sick due to COVID-9, is the sense of smell. That is what also has an impact on the sense of taste.

If infected, the virus can damage the cells of the sense of smell in the mucous membranes. Usually, these cells can "quickly" carry out self-regeneration. But, in a number of patients, the disturbance of smell lasts long, or maybe even permanent.

Dr. Martin-Laudien, an otolaryngologist at the University of Kiel clinic, said about 10% of the ability to smell is still impaired. So not lost completely. But that change quite meaningafter suffering sickdue to COVID-19.

Caused by a molecule that doesn't find a receptor

The problem is, it is not easy to find disturbances in the sense of smell. Each odor consists of a number of different odor molecules. Each molecule must find a receptor, so that the odor that can be smelled matches the original.

If the olfactory cells are damaged by the Corona virus, some molecules cannot find the receptors. So the impression that is conveyed to the brain is not perfect, therefore confusing.

"Recently,  Iwalked out of living room.We when had coffee new out the grill, and I actually like thecomfortsmellit.

The possible cause of the olfactory disorder is not only located in the olfactory cells in the mucous membranes of the nose which are attacked by the virus. The results of an experiment on animals  show, passing olfactory cells, virus  enters the nerve  behindand circulates to brain There, the virus interferes with the processing of impulses, neurological, organs, smell.

Olfactory practice

Simple olfactory exercises, whose effectiveness has been proven in a number of studies, can greatly improve the perception of smell. For that reason, the patient smells regularly four objects similar to markers which are smelled.

Dr. Martin Laudien explains, "People put it under the nose and kiss it, and try to imagine what thesmellspreferably morning and nightday, for about 10 seconds, or 15 seconds.”

The stems, such as the marker, have the scent of roses, lemons and cloves. Tool training olfactory also can made yourself. For example with various essential oilor spices. In the practice of smelling, what matters is not the accuracy, but rather that the smell can be detected.

“Even if there is an element that is not detected, keep practicing. Keep ontryingfeeling,” said Dr. Martin Lauden. In this way, people train the doorway, to the brain. So that finally the connection is formed, and the sense of smell will return to everyday life.

After going through therapy, now Karen and Heino Reese can smell better. They hope,  through trainingolfaction,laterthey willbe able to taste foodagain.