Appetite, Poor

There are many factors that can cause a poor appetite. Stress, depression and trauma are high on the list of underlying factors. Sometimes other lifestyle factors are involved: alcohol, cigarette, or drug abuse. Poor appetite can also indicate an underlying chronic or acute disease, inflammation, heavy metal toxicity, or nutritional deficiency. It may be a side effect of pharmaceutical drugs. Low stomach acids or poor digestive enzymes might also be the cause. An excessive sedentary lifestyle can be a contributing factor.

Recommended Action

The most important thing to do is to find the underlying factor. For this you might have to consult with a health care practitioner. Get them to check out the above possibilities as well as eating disorders. For someone with poor appetite, large amounts of food can often be disheartening. Start with frequent small meals, slowly working up to larger proportions. Di-Gest, B complex and zinc can often help. Consider the appearance and aroma of the food as well as the environment in which the food is eaten.

Single Herbs: Gentian, Dandelion (Bitters), Catnip, Fennel Seed, Ginger root, Mints (calming to the digestive tract).

Combinations: Di-Gest, Stomach Tonic, Bili-Herb.

Nutritional Supplements: Beta-carotene (20,000 IU), B complex (50 mg, twice daily), Vitamin B12 (1,000 mcg daily), Zinc (30-80 mg), Copper (3 mg).

Broth soups can be beneficial in these cases, especially ‘bone soups’ or stock.