Sniffing A Lemon Daily Can Have These Positive Effects On The Mind & Body Science Says

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Who doesn’t like the smell of a lemon? I mean, come on! They may be a tad sour, but they truly smell delicious! The delicious smell isn’t the only thing lemons are giving off though, according to science!

Sniffing a lemon can actually make you feel slim, claims new research.

Scientist now say that the aroma of a lemon boosts body image and improves self-esteem.

Lead author Giada Brianza, a Ph.D. student, said: “Our brain holds several mental models of one’s own body appearance which are necessary for successful interactions with the environment.

These body perceptions are continuously updated in response to sensory inputs received from outside and inside the body.

Our study shows how the sense of smell can influence the image we have in our mind of our body and on the feelings and emotions towards it.

The study at the University of Sussex’s Computer-Human Interaction (SCHI) Lab found participants felt thinner and lighter when they experienced the scent of a lemon.

On the other hand, the pungent smell of vanilla had the opposite effect – making them feel thicker and heavier.

The studies findings could help those in therapy. By smelling lemons daily, one could increase self confidence and in return, feel healthier and happier!

Scientist have already found that sounds can alter a persons thinking, feeling and mood.

Co-author Dr. Ana Tajadura-Jimenez, of the Carlos III University of Madrid, said: “Our previous research has shown how sound can be used to alter body perception.

“For instance, in a series of studies, we showed how changing the pitch of the footstep sounds people produce when walking can make them feel lighter and happier and also change the way they walk.

“However, nobody before has looked at whether smells could have a similar effect on body perception.”

Well, they have now and clearly there is something to it!

So go ahead, keep a few lemons around and sniff away! Your mind and body will thank you!