More than just pleasing your taste buds and keeping your stomach from rumbling, you eat in order to have your body supplied with the nutrients it demands to run smoothly and efficiently like a well-oiled machine. It’s also something that keeps deficiencies at bay, making sure that you stay in the pink of health.
However, there are times when your appetite seems to be MIA, and it can keep you from obtaining all the carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals and even water you need.
Some causes of loss of appetite are temporary and reversible, such as the intake of certain medications and being down with the common cold or flu. However, there are times, too, in which it can be caused by an underlying medical condition that can range from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney failure to liver disease. Consulting a doctor is a good idea if you have no appetite for several days, and you are also experiencing some strange symptoms.
Aside from following the orders of your doctor, you may also try some Ayurvedic remedies for loss of appetite. But of course you have to inform your doctor about your plan on employing some of those.
Here are some Ayurvedic steps that you may take for increasing your appetite:
Drink a Cup of Ginger Tea a Few Times a Day
We all know that a freshly-brewed cup of ginger tea is a phenomenal remedy for indigestion, nausea and vomiting. Are you aware that it’s also a very popular Ayurvedic remedy for loss of appetite?
About 2 to 3 times a day, brew yourself a cup of ginger tea. Each one should be taken a few minutes just before having your meal. Doing so will help rev up the process of digestion, which is something that can bring back your missing appetite. It’s also a great idea to whip up dishes that contain fresh ginger root as they are very appetizing.
Or Have Alfalfa Tea Instead
Do you have alfalfa sprouts in the refrigerator? Then it only means that you have access to one of the best Ayurvedic home remedies for loss of appetite.
What you need to do is separate the tiny leaves from the stems, and allow about a teaspoon of those leaves to steep in a cup of hot water for several minutes. Consume afterwards, preferably before having a meal. By the way, tea out of alfalfa leaves is also an excellent remedy for various digestive issues like excess gas and indigestion.
Take a Whiff of Cardamom Essential Oil
Sometimes, all you have to do is reach for a small bottle of cardamom essential oil and smell it in order to have your appetite stimulated. Experts say that its fragrance is capable of readying the stomach for some serious digestion.
If you do not have a bottle of cardamom essential oil, just check if you have cardamom seeds in your spice rack. Use a coffee or spice grinder to pulverize about a teaspoon of them, and then let steep in a cup of hot water. Strain and consume the resulting brew a few minutes before the next mealtime strikes.
Have a Glass of Amla Juice Before Having a Meal
One very reliable Ayurvedic remedy for a number of minor health and beauty issues is amla. Also sometimes referred to as Indian gooseberry, you may get your hands on it in juice form from most Asian grocers and health food stores.
To employ amla juice for increasing your appetite, simply mix 2 tablespoons of it to a glass of water and consume on an empty stomach — about a couple of minutes before having your meal. Doing this Ayurvedic remedy will help in stimulating your appetite, allowing you to enjoy just about any meal that’s served in front of you.