What’s taste fatigue?
Taste Fatigue is a phenomenon whereby a person can no longer taste a particular food because they have eaten too much of it over too long a period of time. Does taste fatigue happen in vaping? The answer is Yes.
Taste fatigue happening in vaping means vapers lose the ability to detect the elements of e-juices like flavoring. Let’s imagine you love the taste of strawberry e-juice. You have vaped it and only it over an extended period of time. One day, you realize “you cannot taste the flavor of this e-juice”, or “the flavor is becoming awful”. Some vapers may suspect that something is wrong with the e-juice or has a bad atomizer? It all tastes like mud, or worse ….. this is taste fatigue.
How does this happen?
Most of us blame this on our tongue. Our tongue plays a role, but it’s actually the olfactory fatigue, also known as odor fatigue or olfactory adaptation. Our sense of smell is the primary way we experience the “flavor” of the e-juice. For example, when we catch a cold and have a blocked nose, the food tastes muted, same thing happens in vaping. As you make the switch from cigarette to electronic cigarette, at some point our sense of taste and smell will improve, but with this increased sensation, you smell and taste more flavor than normal, your olfactory senses will be overloaded, and will shut down, causing olfactory fatigue.
How can we prevent this?
- Drink plenty of water while vaping; When you vape, you will feel more thirsty than normal. Vaping locally dehydrates your mouth, throat. If your mouth and throat are dry, you won’t be able to taste/ smell the vapor from the e cig very well. So drink enough water, don’t let your mouth and throat become dehydrated.
- Vape some menthol e-juice; Menthol can rouse your taste buds and sense of smell, but the effect is not long lasting.
- Stop vaping the same eliquid for a short while. This may help you solve the olfactory fatigue temporarily, but it will not resolve the condition permanently.
- Expand your e-juice rotation; As stated above, if you vape one flavor of e-juice for a long period of time, you will develop a tolerance to it, different vapers have different tolerances to flavors, so expand your e-juice rotation,It’s best if you have different flavor types in your rotation,then you won’t develop a tolerance as easily. This is the most efficient way to prevent olfactory fatigue.