A Natural Approach To Health
Eating For a Poor Appetite
We had a question the other day about a poor appetite.
A poor appetite isn’t a disorder in itself, but usually a symptom of some other problem.
Emotional factors like depression, illness, stress, and trauma can cause your appetite to diminish.
Certain controllable factors, like the use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs, can also result in poor appetite.
An undetected underlying illness, heavy metal poisoning, and/or nutritional deficiencies can also be involved.
If you lose even 5-10 pounds unintentionally, you should consult your health care provider.
To deal with a poor appetite it’s beneficial to:
*Drink at least 2 quarts of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells and flushes toxins (even if you’re not thirsty).
*To stimulate a poor appetite, try using catnip, fennel seed, ginger root, gotu kola, papaya leaves, peppermint leaves, and/or saw palmetto berries.
*Ginger helps stimulate your heart and circulatory system and promotes appetite and digestion. It activates the flow of saliva and the production of digestive juices. Ginger can be grated and sprinkled over portions of a meal to enhance appetite.
*To get needed protein and calories, drink 3 or more 8-ounce glasses a day of 2% milk or soymilk. Use a soy carob drink and yogurt fruit shakes. Eat only whole-grain bread, rolls, macaroni, crackers, and hot and cold cereals. Use cream soups (made with soymilk) as desired. These are usually higher in protein than broth soups.
*Between meals, snack on foods like avocados, banana soy pudding, buttermilk, cheese, chicken or tuna, custard, fruit shakes, nuts and nut butters, whole-grain breads and cereals, turkey, and yogurt. In addition to promoting weight gain, these snacks are easy to digest, and are high in protein and essential fatty acids.
*Don’t drink liquids before or during meals.
*Take supplemental B vitamins as suggested below. The B-complex vitamins increase appetite.
*Try eating small quantities of food at frequent intervals throughout the day rather than 2 or 3 large meals. The sight of large amounts of food can cause you to lose your appetite. Frequent small meals may be better tolerated, with a gradual increase in the volume of food.
*Exercise if possible, but avoid strenuous exercise. Walking and/or moderate exercise can increase your appetite. Exercise also helps your body better assimilate nutrients.
*If you smoke, quit. Smoking decreases your appetite. It’s one of the main causes of loss of appetite.
*When trying to stimulate a poor appetite, consider whether the appearance and aroma of the foods are appealing, and whether the environment is conducive to eating.
*If you experience a significant loss of appetite, see your physician to rule-out an underlying physical problem.
*To stimulate a poor appetite, your diet must be individualized according to your tolerances and tastes.
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