Elevate Your Sense of Smell
To test your sense of smell, take an alcohol swab packet and open it up by your belly button. Breathe in and see if you can detect its odor. Next, begin moving the pad closer to your nose and keep trying to smell it. If you smell the swab 8-12 inches away from your nose, around chest level, that’s normal. However, if you still can’t recognize it at 4 inches away from your nose, that indicates a loss of smell.
If your sense of smell is lacking, try taking 600mg of the supplement alpha lipoic acid daily, to wake up the olfactory nerve, which is instrumental in the sense of smell.
One of the first parts of the brain that’s affected by Alzeimer’s disease is the area that's responsible for your sense of smell. Take Dr. Oz's Smell Test.
Elevate Your Sense of Taste
To test your sense of taste, mix 1 gram of zinc sulfate, available at supplement stores, with 1 liter of purified water. Swish it around and hold it in your mouth for 10 seconds before swallowing. If you don’t sense a metallic taste, that indicates a problem.
Take 15 mg of zinc daily if you experience a deficiency in taste. Within 2-3 weeks your sense of taste should be restored. Otherwise, consult your doctor.