Evidence of the neuropharmacological plasticity of the human taste system

I read about this study and recognize how it is coming closer to the understanding of the interconnectedness of our senses, brain, behavior and cognitive abilities – connections that are a basic part of Ayurvedic understanding of who we are and our imbalances… Doshas:Vata-air types who are prone to anxiety are balanced by sweet, sour and salty taste, Pitta – fire types who are prone to anger/irritability are balanced by sweet, astringent and bitter taste, and Kapha – water types who are prone to becoming overweight and depressed are balanced by bitter, astringent and pungent tastes.  This would be part of a full therapy plan involving all 5 senses, behavior and cognitive modifications and physical exercise and relaxation.  Here is what the scientists are wrestling with – well done to them for recognizing connections!

Hunter-eating-broccoiStudies about psychological influences on taste perception indicate that the taste system is sensitive to emotional and stressful manipulations.

Evidence of the neuropharmacological plasticity of the human taste system – since the serotonergic and the noradrenergic systems are involved in clinical anxiety and depression and are the main targets of antidepressants, changes in these systems may explain taste alterations in these patients

Anxiety can also distort your perception of taste (which, to be clear, you do with your tongue) and smell (which dominates flavour discernment).  Read more here …

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