Poor Appetite

CAUSES: Emotional 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.

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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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