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Loss of appetite: causes and remedies


When we talk about lack of appetite we want to define a more or less prolonged condition of lack of appetite. This is a rather common situation and it is therefore important to make the appropriate distinctions both of time and of causes that can be pathological but also psychological. L'loss of appetite it should also be evaluated on the basis of age, it is a rather frequent and not always worrying symptom, especially in childhood and in old age.

Inappetence: causes

There are really a multitude of possible reasons behind a decline in the desire to eat, there are serious and trivial ones, physical and psychological-humoral ones. Even just mild states of general malaise they can cause inappetence as well as particular psychological conditions whether they are temporary or not. And then, among the causes, there are also real medical diseases that are very important to diagnose carefully.

One of the first aspects to evaluate in order to understand what kind of causes to focus on is the duration of the lack of appetite. If it is a transient symptom, most likely we must think that it is a condition linked to stressful conditions for our body. For stressful conditions we do not mean daily stress, or at least not only, but also the arrival of febrile illnesses or flu syndromes, of ailments that put our body under stress such as sore throat, ear infections, exanthematous diseases, urinary tract infections. Among the causes of inappetence we can also find other problems, more related to food such as food intolerances and cases of malabsorption.

It's not over: there are gods medications that manage to alter the sense of taste, they too can temporarily take away our appetite. Finally, let's also take into consideration the psychological sphere that can be well linked to our appetite and our personal well-being: a discomfort

We also talked about serious illness which have inappetence among the symptoms: this is the case of tumor diseases or gastrointestinal disorders, or early stage dementia.

Lack of appetite for recommended foods

It may seem counterintuitive to recommend foods to whom has no appetite, but it is not at all because when we are not hungry very often it is the time when it is necessary to stop and listen to what the body is communicating to us.

And it may be that what it means is that we eat badly. Here then is that the diet, together withphysical activity, are two important aspects to review when experiencing even a temporary lack of appetite.

Among the tips, there is also that of opting for foods rich in vitamins of group B and on those with a high intake of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. In choosing the menu of the day, we try to avoid all those products based on refined flours and meat from farm animals, as well as foods with additives. And to drink? Little coffee and little black tea, possibly no alcoholic beverages.

Loss of appetite for the elderly

As mentioned in the introductions, elderly people are often subject to lack of appetite, on the contrary, they are usually victims of a persistent decrease in appetite and the reasons are various. In general, with the passing years, there is always a lower perception of the sense of hunger and, at the same time, there is also a decrease in energy demand by the body. As we age, the ability to perceive flavors and smells also decreases, so even the tastiest foods become less palatable. All these causes can be associated with impromptu digestive disorders or difficulties in chewing that can easily arise after a certain age and that make everything more difficult.

Loss of appetite children

In children, they are another "at risk" category from this point of view and there is therefore no need to be alarmed at the first sign of lack of appetite. It all depends on how long the loss of appetite, if it is temporary it is quite normal for it to occur, otherwise it is best to contact your pediatrician.

If it is a temporary phenomenon, it can easily be linked to whatever change it has gone through change the habits and rhythms of the child. Big or small changes such as the arrival of a little brother or sister or a move. There are also pathologies, more or less serious, which can be the basis of lack of appetite. The many colds or exanthematous infections, an inflammation in the mouth or gastrointeritis, urinary tract infections or aphthosis.

Not only babies but mothers-to-be can also suffer from decreased appetite, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy, when it is time for spikes. nausea during pregnancy.

Loss of appetite remedies

There are various methods to restore appetite, each one must find what is right for him. There are those who sip a horse chestnut herbal tea or those who bet everything on Bach flowers as Chestnut Bud, which helps to regain appetite. Going to see which are the most suitable homeopathic remedies, it is important to understand what type of treatment you want to follow, whether the symptomatic or the underlying one. In the first case, avena sativa or Lycopodium clayatum can be used. Among the basic treatments there is instead Natrum muriaticum.

The whole can be combined with gods easy exercises which help to reconnect with one's sense of nourishment. We begin to become aware of how we breathe and try to do it as deeply as possible. Meditation is also very effective as well as all physical activities that allow us to resume the rhythms of sleep and hunger.

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