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  • Sense of Taste Myth
    By Health Blog on August 6, 2011 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    Did you know that the tongue map where the tongue was supposed to sense different tastes on different parts is a myth? It was taught in schools around the world to be a fact that different areas of the tongue cater to different tastes which has been scientifically proven to be false. The reality of it is that the tongue senses all tastes from all parts of the tongue.
    Sense of taste for tongue

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  • Works of Tongue
    By Health Blog on October 7, 2010 | No Comments  Comments


    Body’s most unusual and most flexible muscle in the body is the tongue which makes us to speak, chew, gallop and sense the taste. It allows the control and manipulation of food and speaks. This enriches food digestion and speaks flow.  On observation we can find the tongue in to different shapes. What could be the reason which makes only tongue to change its shape when it’s not possible with other muscles? The composition of skeletal muscle fiber enriches your life with flow of sweet and hard accent oriented talk. Let’s find what makes your tongue to speak, taste and digests your food.

    Things makes to Fulfill tongue’s Diverse Responsibilities:

    Its Role in Food digestion: Tongue plays the role of molding and chewing the food in mouth along with the cheeks. This enriches the digestive process in quite easy way. This is the reason for suggesting chewing the food for at least 10times.

    Tongue is the most musical fiber that gets lace with in a surrounded skeletal bone perceiving the secured organs. This peripheral sense organ has the sensation towards heat, cold, pain and pressure.

    Beneath the Tongue:

    The symmetrical structure of tongue and muscles have two halves got divided by medium septum. Its composition is of extrinsic and intrinsic muscles. Each plays a different role and is initiated at different locations of body.

    Extrinsic Muscle:

    The very long extrinsic muscle is root is from somewhere in deep of the body, connects to the bone of the surrounding mouth and provides the movements to it. The stylaglosus, palatoglousus makes its movement where as geniglossus enriches the depression and thirstiness.

    This extrinsic got laced with the jaw bone called hyoid bone for supporting the tongue, styloid processes and temporal lobes.  Its u shaped structure hyoid bone suspends the styloid processes with the help of ligaments and muscles.

    Intrinsic Muscle:

    These intrinsic muscles originate from the tongue and it’s the cause of tongue flexibility like contracting and expanding in different shapes. Intrinsic includes longitudinalis inferior, transverses linguae, verticalis linguae, longitudinalis superior which plays the keen role in speech process.

    tongue structure

    tongue structure

    Mucous Membrane:

    Mucous membrane is a double layered cover over the tongue which prevents the entering of intruders like microbes, pathogens in to the digestive system. Its covers the muscle mass and fat of tongue and secrets the mucus and keeps the mouth and food always moist.

    Taste buds:

    The taste which we sense while eating makes us feel different moments (tasty, spicy, sweet, hot, etc). Its due to the taste buds around the tongue which are named as papillae. This makes the actual friction between the tongue and food.

    Small structured taste buds fixed in the papillae are made up of basal and supporting cells which maintain 50 gustatory receptor cells which are simulated by the chemical solutions.

    Speech Instrument:

    Tongue is the most vital speech instrument for the human body. The world of phonetics is generated just because of speech ability. There are vowels which specially needs the help of tongue, any of its malfunctioning can leads to the issues in speech.

    A small flexible tongue have big role in human for interaction, finding the tastes of cusisine.

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