Loss of Appetite

We are what we eat. Most of the people these days are suffering from an imbalance in the digestive fire. Loss of appetite often called Anorexia nervosa or anorexia is characterized by abnormal weight loss. People suffering anorexia place high importance on controlling their weight and shape, using extreme efforts and will be very conscious in whatever they choose to eat.

To prevent excess weight gain, people with anorexia restrict their diet and tend to eat very less food. The individual consumes the food and vomit after eating to lose calories. They misuse the usage of laxatives, diet aids, diuretics or enemas. Vigorous exercise also results in contributing to weight loss. Even after losing weight, people have a fear of gaining weight.

What are the causes of Loss of Appetite?

No single cause can define the exact cause for anorexia nervosa. It may probably happen due to a result of biological, environmental, and psychological factors.

Major risk factors include:
  • Being susceptible to depression and anxiety disorders
  • Having difficulty in handling stress
  • Being excessively worried, afraid, or doubtful about self and future
  • Being a perfectionist and overly concerned about rules
  • Reluctant to eat food properly during early childhood or infancy
  • Having had an anxiety disorder during childhood
  • Particular ideas regarding beauty and health, which may be due to external influences from society and the media.
  • Having a high level of emotional restraint
  • Over worrying about their external appearances.
Environmental factors

These include factors like, hormonal changes that occur during puberty along with feelings of anxiety, stress, and low self-esteem.

What are the Symptoms of Loss of Appetite?

  • Extreme weight loss
  • Thin body stature
  • Abnormal blood count
  • Insomnia
  • The feeling of fatigue and dizziness 
  • Fingers turning bluish
  • Hair loss and thinning of hair 
  • Irregularity or Absence of menstruation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dry skin and Yellowish color 
  • Constipation
  • Intolerance to cold
  • Irregularity in heart rhythm
  • Drop in blood pressure
  • Dehydration
  • Arms and legs may turn swollen
  • Teeth erosion rarely happens due to induced vomiting

Home remedies for Loss of Appetite

1. Coriander with dry ginger
  • Mix the coriander seed powder with ginger powder in a ratio of 5:1 and make it into 1tablespoon. 
  • Heat the water, add the mixture of powder into this and boil it and reduce it to half.
  • Take it off from flame and allow it to cool. Drink it warm. This can be consumed daily.

Ginger is a commonly used appetite stimulant. It cleanses the digestive system and strengthens the immunity as well. Along with coriander ginger acts as a powerful appetite booster and stimulates the digestive fire.

2. Pomegranate juice

Prepare pomegranate juice and drink it.

Pomegranate is rich in antioxidants and vitamins. It has the power to enhance the appetite naturally. Alternatively, the dried fruit rind of pomegranate can be dried, powdered and used which increases the appetite. 

3. Fresh garlic cloves

Take fresh garlic cloves, crush it and make fresh juice. Take three to four cloves of garlic a day in any form, including raw garlic, crushed garlic in soup, and garlic boiled in water. Garlic helps treat anorexia since it cleanses the system and increases hunger. It also helps in the secretion of juices that cleanses the digestive system.

4. Asafetida

Asafetida is a time unknown classic home remedy for loss of appetite. A pinch of asafetida added to hot water, and can be drunk. Alternatively, a pinch of asafetida can be mixed in ghee and taken. 

Asafetida helps to cure anorexia. It helps to increase the appetite and solve the problem of anorexia.  

5. Yoga for Appetite

Regular yoga practices help to maintain optimum appetite. Daily practice of yoga for 1hour, improves digestion as well. Few of the yoga’s are:

Surya Namaskar – This includes 12steps and activates the main muscle groups in the body which regulates all internal processes.

Kapalbhati Pranayama – This breathing exercise regulates digestive fire and improves appetite.

Paschimottanasana – This Forward Bending Pose is good to activate the digestive system and improve digestion. 

Pawamuktasana –  This yoga posture helps to eliminate excess flatulence in the stomach, it helps to improve digestive fire and increases appetite.  

Gaining a good control over the daily routine helps a lot to better the digestive capacity. Regular exercise, food habits, sleeping patterns, and a calm mind helps to resolve loss of appetite.