factors such as stress, depression, and trauma may lead to a poor
appetite. Controllable factors such as alcohol, cigarette, and
drug use can result in poor appetite. As can an undetected
illness, heavy metal poisoning, and nutritional deficiencies. To
stimulate a poor appetite, the diet must be individualized to the
tolerances of the patient. Undernourished people may lose their
appetite at the sight of large amounts of food. So, frequent
small meals are better tolerated with a gradual increase in the
volume of food. Also, consider the appearance and aroma of the foods,
in addition to whether the environment is conducive to eating.
- Multivitamin/mineral high potency complex,
as directed on the label.
- Vitamin A, 25,000 IU per day.
- Calcium, 1,500 mg. per day.
- Magnesium, 750 mg. per day.
- Vitamin B complex, 100 mg. or more
daily, (vitamin B or liver injections may be necessary),
is a high stress vitamin that increases the appetite.
- Zinc, 80 mg. per day, enhances the taste
- Copper, 3 mg. per day, is needed to
balance the zinc.
- Brewers yeast, start with 1/2 tsp.
and work up, is rich in nutrients, especially B-complex vitamins,
and improves the appetite.
- Protein supplement, taken between meals,
is needed to build and repair tissue and acts as an
- Angelica root
- Ash, American mountain
- Barberry, common
- Barley sprouts
- Do not drink liquids before or during meals.
- Eat between meals: avocados, banana soy pudding,
buttermilk, cheese, chicken or tuna, custard, fruit
shakes, nuts and nut butters, turkey and yogurt. In
addition to promoting weight gain, these snacks are easy
to digest, are high in protein and essential fatty acids,
and contain friendly bacteria.
- Drink 3 or more cups a day of skim, soy or almond milk.
Use a soy carob drink and yogurt fruit shakes. Eat only
whole grain breads, rolls, macaroni, crackers, and hot
and cold cereals. Use cream (soy) soups as desired. They
are usually higher in protein than broth soups. Use the
kinds that your system can tolerate.
- Walking and/or moderate exercise can trigger appetite.
Exercise if possible, but avoid strenuous exercise. Some
exercise helps to assimilate nutrients better and to
- See the doctor to rule out a physical disorder.
For lack of appetite, this tea is recommended in some
references: Juniper berries, Balm leaves, European centaury,
Nettle leaves: Mix in equal parts. Steep 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup of
boiling water. Take 1/2 to 1 cup per day, sweetened with honey,
in mouthful doses.
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