In simple words the term ‘appetite’ means the desire to eat food. Sometimes this desire known as the appetite gets lost due to various reasons and factors like physical illness, mental illness or sometimes even the emotional issues can contribute to loss of appetite. As we all know that food is the basic fuel that our body needs not just to function and perform daily life activities but also to perform some basic and necessary involuntary functions like breathing, digestion, salivation, etc which means that if you are not even working or are sitting idle your body would still require its fuel, that's the food you eat to survive. Here are 3 simple home remedies which will help you to stimulate your appetite naturally.
What is Loss of Appetite?
As mentioned, appetite can be described as a simple desire to eat food which is slightly different from what is termed as hunger. On one hand, hunger is the biological response of our body towards lack of food, appetite on the other is a desire to eat even if the body does not show any signs of hunger.
Being a person’s genre; desire to eat food appetite dictates how much and what type of food a person wants to eat. The medical term used for the loss of appetite is known as Anorexia, a condition where a person’s desire to eat food is decreased to a point that it can also cause weight loss and even malnutrition.
What causes Loss of Appetite?
There are various factors and underlying reasons that can result in loss of appetite such as depression, eating disorder, pregnancy, infection, thyroid, kidney diseases, heredity issues and gastroline tract diseases can also be the reason of loss of appetite in several cases and lead to anorexia.
Some external factors like Alcoholism, dieting, drug addiction and in some cases some kind of medication such as diabetes, epilepsy, antipsychotic, antidepressant, steroids and other such medicine might cause loss of appetite.
Symptoms of Appetite Loss
Loss of appetite is not a condition which appears overnight but is caused overtime and starts showing symptoms at an early age such as:
- Sleep disorders of lack of sleep
- No menstruation
- Vomiting after eating
- Sudden and unexplained weight loss
- Constantly feeling cold
- Fear of gaining excess weight
Risks Factors Associated with Loss of Appetite
Eating food and consuming the adequate amount of calories on a daily basis is important for our survival as food is the source of energy our body needs not just to carry out our daily life activities but for survival as well. There are many necessary involuntary functions that our body performs to keep us alive and all these activities such as digestion, breathing, heart beating, eye reflexes, deglutition, excretion, micturition, salivation, etc also require some amount of energy to function and as these activities are controlled by the midbrain and hence have no or very little voluntary control.
Either you wish or not these functions will be performed by your body and will take up the energy from your body without asking you for permission. As due to loss of appetite a person starts eating very less food and it gets consumed in all these involuntary activities all this might lead to issues like weight loss and even malnutrition.
Home Remedies to Stimulate Appetite
By now we know what appetite actually is, what is loss of appetite, what are the factors that cause appetite loss and the risk factors associated with it. Here are some simple home remedies that you can perform easily to stimulate appetite naturally and to keep yourself healthy.
Used in our Indian households for ages, these spices not just add color and flavour to our food but also have a lot many health benefits associated with them. As bloating and abdominal fullness can be a reason behind the loss or decreased appetite, some carminative herbs and spices such as thyme, black pepper, peppermint, turmeric and cinnamon can be proven to be helpful to increase your appetite by reducing bloating and inflammation due to their anti-inflammatory properties.
How to use spices to boost up appetite
- Black pepper
- Grind these spices and make a fine powder out of them.
- Store in some airtight containers.
- Sprinkle a pinch or two of these spices on your salads, curries or vegetables on a regular basis.
2. Fennel Tea
Helps with the gas build up and bloating fennel seeds work as an appetite booster for children as well as the adults. By stimulating the production of bile juices in liver fennel seeds tea helps in promoting digestion and can hence enhance the food consumption in our body leading to the enhancement of appetite.
How to use fennel seeds tea to stimulate appetite
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- ½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds
- 2 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon honey
- In a pan take some water and add fennel and fenugreek seeds to it.
- Boil these seeds in water on a medium flame for about 2-3 minutes.
- Strain the water and pour it into a cup with the help of a strainer.
- Add some honey into it and mix well.
3. Ginger and Coriander
Ginger is a superfood which is used in many forms in many Indian households and has been gaining popularity worldwide due to its various health benefits. Known to aid digestion and saliva flow, ginger helps to treat problems like nausea and upset stomach.
Enhancing the digestive system by by stimulating digestive juices and enzymes in the digestive system an increasing the production of acid in the stomach, coriander helps to treat digestive problems like constipation,intestinal gas and indigestion
These two magic ingredients when combined together are proven to be very helpful in stimulating appetite.
How to make appetite stimulating ginger-coriander tea
- 5 tablespoons of coriander seed powder
- 1 tablespoons of dried ginger powder
- 500 ml water
- Mix coriander seed powder and dry ginger powder in a bowl.
- Boil some water in a pan and add the spice mixture into it.
- Let it boil on medium flame till the quantity gets reduced to half.
- Turn off the flame and strain the water and pour it into a glass with the help of a strainer.
These are some quick, simple and easy home remedies that you can follow to stimulate your appetite naturally without the use of harmful medicines and a chunk of medicines to keep yourself safe, healthy and fit.
Although all the ingredients used for these home remedies are natural, we would still recommend you to check if you are allergic to any of them and consult your doctor or nutritionist before consuming them as these experts know more about your body and your health.
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