NOSE

MY NOSE IS RUNNING! 

Well you better go catch it before it runs down the street!  Ha-ha. No really. The reason your nose is running is because your sinus’s produce a quart of mucus a day.  It keeps germs, dirt, pollen, and bacteria from getting into your lungs by stopping them in your nose.  Identifying smells is your brain’s way of protecting you. It’s like the dog at the door that barks wildly when it thinks it spots an intruder.  When the nose’s smell receptors are stimulated, signals travel along the olfactory nerve to the olfactory bulb sending a warning! Have you ever smelled a fresh apple pie baking in the oven. Most people just think of the tongue when they think about taste. But you couldn’t taste anything without some help from the nose! A great way to test this is by pinching your nose while eating. It doesn’t taste the same does it? We have four primary tastes: bitter, sour, sweet and salty. The sense of smell is not only for taste, it’s necessary for safety. We need our smell to detect smoke, spoiled food and some toxic gases.

I GOT A SONG IN MY NOSE

And I’m going to sing and shout to let it come out! What we hear when people speak and sing is in large part related to the resonating structures of the throat and nose. The voice is produced in the larynx but the nature of the sound is determined by how it is processed above the larynx, which occurs in the nose and throat. Go ahead and pinch your nose again and say something.   

HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY NOSE? 

The most important thing to remember is to not put anything up there that doesn’t belong!  Whatever you put in your nose, chances are it goes to the brain as well. Sometimes too much mucus can clog up our nose. Hot water, juice high in Vitamin C, and vegetable soup increases the flow of nasal mucous.  Vegetable soup also has anti-inflammatory effects that help make you feel good! Remember you have your nose for life to protect you and keep you safe! Care for it the same way that it cares for you!