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Food tastes bland, tasteless, retired, wife has personality disorder. Causes for symptoms?

I am a generally healthy 66 year old male without any major sicknesses.I feel hunger in a generally healthy and normal way, but most times food tastes bland or downright tasteless.Is this a sickness?By the way, I am retired for the past 10 years and miss the active usefulness of a productive life, although I keep myself busy with subsidiary activities.I do miss the dynamic administrative work I indulged in for a major part of my adult life.My wife is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder which could be stressful to me at times.Could you please give me some feedback?
Asked On : Thu, 27 Sep 2012
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Welcome to the forum. I can understand your concern for the symptoms from which you are suffering. It is good to learn that you are aware of your condition and interested to get well. You are unable to detect the taste of food since a few days, this is a medical condition called ageusia. It can be due to some problem in your olfactory organ. Most of the time people suffering from ageusia have associated smell problems. If you are unable to smell your food properly automatically the food will taste bland. You need to be examined by an Otolaryngologist or ENT specialist and get a general clinical examination done to diagnose your problem if any.

Maintain a good oral hygiene. Use an antiseptic mouth wash after and before each meal. Change your brush buy a new brush with soft bristles, do not forget to floss your teeth. Get your dental problems treated if any.

Be cautious if food tastes bland you will slowly start losing health. Change your lifestyle. Eat what you like. Make food colourful, presentation should be good. Use spices, visit restaurants for a change, visit supermarkets to chose your own food, you can consult a doctor and take some enzymes to trigger your taste and appetite. You should also eat papayas they will help your liver function well and trigger your taste buds. Sugarcane juice is equally good.

You should have a few blood tests done to rule out any diseased state of your liver. Liver is the main organ of your body. Take fiber rich food, keep bowels clean. Stay well hydrated with soups, juice, water and re-hydrating fluids. Take dietary supplements and vitamin E after consulting your doctor.

You are already acquainted with your wife's problem, it should not affect you. Visit libraries, friends, coffee shops, brisk walk in the mornings. Eat well and stay fit. Have a nice day, take care. Regards.

Answered: Thu, 4 Oct 2012
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