We as people love food. It is one of the necessities of life that we enjoy very much. A good healthy diet keeps us healthy, strong and wards off numerous diseases. We are what we eat after all as the popular saying goes.
However, when we struggle to find the zeal or will to eat and enjoy food, it can dramatically impact our life and our health. Most of the time, we lose our appetite as a result of the following:
- An underlying illness e.g the common cold, malaria, etc.
- Nutrient deficiency e.g Zinc
- Hormonal issues
- Personal nature
- Medications e.g. laxatives etc.
While using remedies, it will be beneficial if you can adjust some of your routines and eating habits to accommodate this change in appetite. The following is often advised:
- Consider taking some liquid foods and not just solids such as nutrient packed smoothies, soups, fura, etc.
- Eat foods you enjoy the most e.g if you like spicy foods, sweet foods or salty foods, etc. Eat those you usually enjoy more.
- Eat nutritious foods such as proteins, whole grains, nuts and seeds, healthy fats, etc.
- Avoid snacking with “bad” foods such as packed foods and chips, ice cream, cakes, etc.
- Try eating with family and friends in a relaxed social setting where people are also eating.
- Exercise well. This will make you to expend energy and in turn, you will get hungry for food to replenish what was lost.
- Avoid appetite suppressing foods such as pineapple while your appetite is low
- Eat smaller and more regular meals so that eating will not be something you start to dread
- Avoid distractions while eating such as the TV, phones, people around you that will take your attention away from the food you are eating.
- Avoid drinking too many liquids between meals as they will make you feel full even though it is only temporarily.
I hope these advice gives you an idea of what will be beneficial to help you eat better and more consistently.
To be on the safe side, make an appointment to see the doctor if you start to lose weight, feel tired and fatigued, your appetite is not improving despite the remedies you take, hair loss, decreased muscle mass, etc. It might be necessary to conduct some tests to find the underlying problem as the loss of appetite might just be a symptom.
The following remedies are effective for the occasional loss of appetite and we all go through.
B-complex vitamin supplement is a group of 8 vitamin Bs that are essential for overall body function beyond just boosting our appetite.
These vitamin Bs have a direct impact in supporting and maintaining our energy levels, good digestions, hormones, cholesterol production, cell function, brain function, etc.
Men generally need more vitamin B complex than women. Older adults and pregnant women also need a higher than average dose of these vitamins for various reasons.
When buying this supplement, select one that has all of the 8 vitamin Bs, does not contain dyes, artificial coloring, etc. In short, buy the quality best you can find in the market for immediate effect.
You can get this supplement easily in pharmacy shops in Nigeria or where ever you may be. Take them as described on the product pack.
Zinc is a very important supplement in the body as it is used in maintaining numerous body functions. When there is a deficiency in the body, we start to suffer from problems such as anemia, loss of appetite, hair loss, loss of energy, poor body immunity, slow healing of the body when it is wounded, etc.
Some studies have shown that Zinc supplements are indeed effective in boosting appetites. Zinc is a common supplement available in pharmacy shops and natural health stores. Take this supplement as indicated on the pack.
Green leafy vegetables and colorful fruits
As Nigerians, many of our foods contain green leafy vegetables especially our salads and soups. Many of these leaves are very rich in vitamin B and help in improving our appetite. Leaves such as the moringa leaves and spinach are especially good for improving appetites.
I will suggest that you make a delicious pot of soup with these green vegetables but remember not to over cook them. Then, serve the rich vegetable soup with any type of swallow you wish. You will surely notice improvements in your appetite if you repeat this for about three days.
Beyond just green leaves, fresh colorful fruits such as watermelon, grapes, tomatoes (if you want to call it a fruit) contain antioxidants that also assist in increasing the appetite of a person.
Taking this soup, pair them with these colorful fruits to rid of your poor appetite faster.
Organ meats are very rich in nutrients and cow liver is one of the best amongst them. In Nigeria, we are used to eating organ meats as much as we eat the common beef and chicken. There are numerous delicious recipes we can make from this delicacy.
This food is very effective in improving low appetite. Cow liver contains all 8 of the vitamin B complex components. You can also use other livers such as chicken liver, lamb liver, etc. if you wish.
Milk contains four of the eight vitamin Bs and has higher absorption rates into the body than other sources of Vitamin B. Here, fresh milk is preferred as it has higher nutrient contents and is unrefined.
In Nigeria, we are more used to using powdered milk or evaporated milk in the tin. These are ok to use if that is what you can get your hands on. I advise you to get the fresh milk if you can, Fulanis. It will be the best milk option for improving your appetite.
There you have it. The main secret to improving our appetite is to eat vitamin B rich foods and by treating the underlying cause of the loss of appetite. This is because losing our appetite is usually a symptom of something happening in the body. If we are sick, we need to treat the underlying ailment in order to properly recover.
I hope I have given you some insight on how to improve your appetite for food and maintain it for the long haul. While using these recommended remedies, you can also include some lifestyle adjustments for the time being until your appetite returns.
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