Aah, the nose, the schnoz, the proboscis; unfortunately it is one body part that tops the list of body parts that people are unhappy with. Poor nose! It works hard to keep you well and happy, serving an amazing purpose.

nose drawingIt’s really quite an impressive addition to your perfect body, regardless of its size or shape.
Your nose is responsible for things like regulating the temperature and moisture level of the air you inhale. As it’s doing that it is also assisting in the exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen and the hairs that line your nostrils are filtering undesirable content and keeping it from entering your respiratory system.
There’s more to your nose than meets the eye. The part you can see, the nostrils and flesh covered cartilage, is only the beginning. Your nostrils become nasal cavities that are separated by your septum and continue on into your head. These continue on and become sinus passages and cavities, which are an intricate tunnel system all through your head. These passageways help with breathing, tasting, smelling, even hearing and immune function. That’s right your nose is the first line of defense against many invaders. That’s why you get boogers, the nose produces mucous that catches all the incoming debris and binds it until it can be expelled.

nose externalUsually your nose mucus is clear, however, in the event of an infection or issue it can turn yellow or green. People often think the colored mucus is the infection and then take medications to dry up the scary green stuff, however, the green is actually a sign that your immune system is doing its thing. When you are under attack your white blood cells secrete a chemical that kills pathogens, it just happens to also turn your mucous green. So, let’s hear it for your amazing nose and green mucous! Without which you might be devastated by illness more often than you can begin to imagine.

Your nose is the main character in smell. This happens via the olfactory cleft, which is the roof of your nasal passage, and connects directly to your olfactory bulb and other parts of your brain. Your sense of smell is the only sense that has a direct connection to your amygdala and hippocampus (emotional centers of the brain), researchers believe this is one reason smells can stimulate such vivid memories.

Your nose is also involved in your sense of taste. This happens through the retronasal effect, which occurs when the food molecules that are undergoing transformation by your chewing or swishing efforts, hit your nasal passages and olfactory cleft.

nose internalIf you have a cold or are unable to inhale through your nose, you may notice that you don’t taste your food as well. People who have nerve damage or nose damage can have trouble finding food appetizing because it has minimal flavor.

The size and shape of your nose really has nothing to do with how well you can smell or taste or even hear for that matter; it is dictated by cartilage and bone structure. When you get a nose job, it involves restructuring of your structure! Ouch!!

There are a bazillion other amazing facts about your nose but I’m running out of space... so, just take a moment and give your nose the attention and love that it deserves.