How to Correct a Loss of Appetite


Appetite loss is an unfavorable condition that can manifest itself in symptoms of abdominal bloating, persistent indigestion and constipation, and sensations of nausea and pain. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including illnesses, stomach or digestive track problems, emotional triggers, such as grief and depression, and attendants, such as stress and anxiety. Regaining appetite is essential to health and the prevention of developing anorexia.

Things You'll Need

  • Supplements
  • Herbs
  • High calorie foods
  • Take supplements to provide your body with all of the nutrients it needs. Appetite loss is sometimes caused by poor diet. Supplements provide your body with essential Vitamins A, C, E and others that help your body build strength and correct nutritional deficiencies that may cause poor appetite.

  • Consume stimulating herbs, such as cinnamon, dandelion, wormwood, hyssop, yarrow, peppermint, chamomile, fenugreek, fennel, ginger and lemon balm. Steep one teaspoon of herbs such as these in a cup of water, strain, and drink the mixture approximately fifteen minutes before eating.

  • Eat foods that are high in calories and easy to eat, such as yogurt, milkshakes, ice cream and pudding. Make meals with butter, milk, oils, syrups, sauces and gravies. High calorie foods that are easy to consume will provide you with more calories to get your metabolism going, which will increase your appetite.

  • Drink liquids between meals instead of with meals. Liquids make you feel fuller sooner. Drinking less at meals allows your stomach more room for food since it's not full of liquid.

  • Try light exercise, such as a short walk, approximately an hour before meals. Exercise sparks your metabolism to burn calories, making you feel hungry.

  • Eat small meals frequently rather than attempting to tackle one large meal. A plate full of food often seems like a daunting chore to people with no appetite. Try eating a series of small meals on small plates throughout the day.

Tips & Warnings

  • Change up your atmosphere and dine with friends to increase your mood and, possibly, your appetite. Sometimes appetite is stimulated by a new environment.
  • Seek medical attention if you continue to suffer from loss of appetite and lose five pounds or more.

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