Anorexia (Appetite Loss)
Anorexia is an appetite disorder that is characterized by food deprivation even though the food consumption is less than required. Patient feels full quickly, and many people may go experience this situation but if it lasts for several days, then a medical intervention will be needed.
The loss of appetite is not a disease in itself, but it is a symptom of a particular illness, such as depression, anxiety, fever, infection, anemia, severe fatigue or certain diseases such as those requiring chemotherapy or liver and digestive infections. It may occur because of family and social pressures or because of hormonal imbalances
There are two types of anorexia: 1 – involuntary where the person always feels unwilling to eat, 2 – voluntary where the person deliberately does not eat for the purpose of weight loss. In this case we are talking about the result of a serious mental disorder resulting from the loss of control of a diet. Anorexia is more common among women than men, especially older people and teenage girls.
- Seeing a large amount of food may make a person lose his appetite. So eat multiple snacks during the day instead of eating large meals. Moreover, multiple small meals are easier to endure.
- Dairy products such as yoghurt, cheese, and protein-rich ice cream are the most accepted food choices because of their light flavor and easy ingestion.
- Eat all fruits especially high calorie fruits like mangoes, bananas, cherries, figs, grapes, pears and pineapples, add dried fruits and nuts to your food. Magnesium-rich foods, such as seeds, soy and nuts, help calm the nerves and also contain amino acids that increases the appetite and help digestion.
- Soft foods such as cooked rice, mashed potatoes, or bread are much better than sweet, warm and fatty foods that may produce more nausea or vomiting.
- Foods like onions, radish, lupine, vinegar, lemon and celery can increase stomach juice and may therefore increase the appetite.
- Be sure to drink plenty of lukewarm water and warm drinks to prevent dehydration and improve your appetite.
- Mayo Clinic doctors say that eating cold foods or food at room temperature may be more accepted by those suffering from anorexia due to nausea because these foods produce fewer odors than hot foods. Cold sandwiches, pasta or chicken salad and luscious soup may be more palatable.
Herbal and Dietary Supplements:
- Vitamin and mineral supplements: to compensate nutrient deficiencies in food. Zinc increases the appetite.
- Protein supplementation: Take protein supplements such as aloe-protein, wheat germ and pollen if anorexia is associated with weight loss. Pollen is useful for anemia as well.
- Herbal supplements: To alert the loss of appetite eat mint, ginger, dandelion, fennel, anise, cinnamon and garlic. Ginseng is also used as an appetizer.
- Bee products (especially dark-colored honey): Mountain honey and nigella honey increase the proportion of hemoglobin, especially when dissolved in a glass of warm water. Royal jelly and pollen are the best appetizers.
- Dates molasses: Eat date molasses as it is a high-calorie food with high nutritional value. It contains B vitamins that help stimulate appetite, calm nerves and treat digestive disorders.
- Wheatgrass: used as a source of vitamins and minerals.
The instructions and recommendations mentioned in this diet are general guidelines and do not take into account differences between individuals. Any health condition should be treated by a specialist and we advise you to consult your doctor before taking any product that may affect your health.