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Old Senses seem New? Sense of smell.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 09, 2010 at 9:19 PM

It started when I was first trying intermittent fasting a few years back. A few months into the IF practice a new world of smells opened up to me.

My probably average sense of smell jumped up a metaphorical magnitude and I could suddenly detect all sorts of things about the world that were hidden from me before.

What people had eaten, if they were unhappy or afraid, the kinds of spices they ate habitually, if they had been wrestling with their dog before leaving home....

And the new to me stinks that were everywhere... The only ones that were handy were a heightened knowing about whether food had gone bad, or was badly made.

.......

Now, a few months into going Paleo/Primal, it is on the increase again. --- A recent trip to NYC was full of a shouted spectrum of smells that were never there before...

So, anyone else notice your sense of smell improving?

Care to lay a funny or nasty story on us?

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

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on December 13, 2010
at 01:07 AM

Any recent changes?

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

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on September 12, 2010
at 01:48 AM

Hooray for good food smells!

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on June 10, 2010
at 10:40 AM

I feel like the toxic stuff smells so very strongly too

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on June 10, 2010
at 10:39 AM

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on June 10, 2010
at 06:54 AM

Well - it hadn't occurred to me to wonder about it, but I have certainly been noticing the scent of flowers much more this year - to the extent that I can find flowers that I didn't know had a scent by following the perfume to source. Irises - didn't know they had a scent. Clematis - subtle but quite noticeable when you come to stick your nose in the flower - but I had smelled it from yards away. The people whose garden it was were amazed - but it didn't register with me that it might have anything to do with Paleo!

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on June 10, 2010
at 10:39 AM

Herb gardens are awesome

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on June 10, 2010
at 10:26 AM

Something I have also noticed, although not that strong. Makes me think of women with a more acute smell sense while pregnant (or even during a part of their menstrual cycle).

This could make sense from an evolutionary point of view, especially in a fasted state: more acute smell if you're in the need for food. And the same for the women, plus the added benifit of smelling bad/slightly rotten foods (which can contain toxins that could be lethal for the embryo).

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on June 10, 2010
at 10:40 AM

I feel like the toxic stuff smells so very strongly too

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on November 07, 2012
at 12:22 PM

I'm a lacto-ovo vegetarian, and I used to have a poor sense of smell, but since I began periodically fasting a couple of months ago, I've noticed a heightened sense of smell. I'm American but I'm living in China. The first time I fasted, I was overwhelmed by the smell of China clinging to me. I can smell a difference in my body after I've eaten a lot of Chinese food vs. after I've been eating Western food. I thought I was losing my mind at first. Even the smell of onions used to be weak to me. Now I can still smell chocolate at my desk 20 mins after I've tasted it and thrown the wrapper away in the kitchen.

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B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

on March 24, 2011
at 03:51 PM

I can now smell the difference between pasture-sourced meats and conventional-sources without a thought. There is no turning back.

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on June 10, 2010
at 06:48 AM

Yes - my sense of smell was poor, but it's improved a lot since I started fasting a lot. Foods especially, makes perfect sense. And naturally that means my ability to taste is enhanced. I'd love to see a study on this. I'm really pleased about it, although with two toddlers in diapers, I sometimes wish it hadn't improved...

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on June 10, 2010
at 06:08 AM

Ever since I started with Leangains (16 hr daily fasting) I've noticed an improved sense of smell. The effects are most pronounced at the 12-16 hr interval.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on December 13, 2010
at 01:07 AM

Any recent changes?

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on June 10, 2010
at 02:39 AM

My big one is the bakery... It STINKS

I smell people. I smell vegetables that go bad in most grocery stores where I couldn't

I smell cleaning chemicals way more. I can't stand when someone sprays air "freshener" I think I'm going to choke

I can smell cat urine from 10 miles away. The litter box has to be changed might more frequently even tho their amount and frequency has not changed

I can smell stale cigarette smoke from across the room

I've gone bionic!

Honestly, in most cases I'd rather not have this heightened sense....

And then I throw a Fresh Grass Fed Steak on the Grill with a Slab of Kerrygold Butter and some Garlic and just drool a bit and am thankful.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

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on September 12, 2010
at 01:48 AM

Hooray for good food smells!

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on June 03, 2013
at 11:29 AM

Very noticeable when fasting, all senses heightened, you can also start to become aware of other senses if your spiritually attuned

Haven't noticed it as much from paleo eating really but I do feel less congested, easier breathing, my ear infection clears up especially on low sugar/carb, all of that im sure helps smell, taste & hearing

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on June 03, 2013
at 11:17 AM

I've been doing 2 days a week fasting and noticed heightened sense of smell and taste. This is good and bad. Good that I really enjoy my food, when I'm eating. However when something smells bad it can be quite intolerable. My wife's been doing the same plan but she doesn't seem to be effected in the same way.

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on March 15, 2013
at 05:41 PM

Yes, I have noticed this as well. It is unpleasant using the restroom at work when you can smell that the guy at the urinal next to you has been drinking lots of energy drinks.

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on March 15, 2013
at 01:34 PM

I experience this when I reduce food intake in general.

Once was eating salads, soup and lean protein at 1200 calories a day. Currently I'm experiencing this with Alternate day fasting.

If I eat too much or garbage my sinus get just mucusy enough my sense of smell diminishes. Eating no dairy does not help me. Reducing sugar in general, and total intake does.

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