Detoxing Taste Buds And Senses
I've been a craft beer drinker for many years, preferring the beers with loads of citrusy hop flavor. Last weekend, I judged the Imperial IPA category of the state beer contest. My co judge was a craft brewer. Almost none of the beers had the expected aromas or flavors I was looking for, but he said they all displayed the appropriate aromas of citrus, tropical fruit, etc.
I've since noticed that my favorite beers all taste bland and lack aroma. I thought the beers were all just old as hop flavors drop within a month of bottling. I can smell and taste citrus in fruits and I can smell coffee. As far as coffee, all I taste is bitterness. So far, I've attributed this to a summer cold, but I wonder now if regular consumption of hoppy beers has fried my taste buds. I've read forum posts from other craft beer drinkers reporting similar symptoms.
I'm on a 16/8 fasting schedule. I eat plenty of fat and try to regulate protein and avoid carbs as much as possible. I'm planning on removing beer from my diet for a month, starting today. I've cranked Vit C to 5 grams. I take 2-4 activated charcoal daily when I drink.
Any other suggestions?