The senses of taste and smell are intimately connected to each other and to the central workings of the brain. The sense of smell has direct access to the limbic system of the brain, which is the seat of our emotions. This is why smells can trigger memories or remembered feelings. Taste and smell are also directly wired to the hypothalamus, the master switchboard of the brain, which controls thirst and hunger and is responsible for neurochemical and hormonal regulation of the whole body. In short, the entire functioning of the mind, body, and emotions, is modulated via the senses of smell and taste. The importance of these senses is unsurprising when we remember that they are the most ancient and primitive of our senses and that animals base their survival on the information they glean from them.
When eating our food, these are just a few more reasons to sit down, relax, smell, taste and chew your food rather than just gobbling it down. I am a firm believer thathow we eat our food plays a major role in the quality of digestion, for both the mind and body.
Just one more reminder of an old Vedic saying: “If you eat standing up, death looks over your shoulder.”
*A portion of this blog post was excerpted from Perfect Health for Kids by John Douillard