A poor appetite is usually harmless and temporary, but if continued long-term, it can leave you under-nourished, fatigued and irritable. If you or your children are experiencing a loss of appetite, the best thing you can do is try to increase it, as eating and hydrating well is crucial for a healthy immune system and general well-being.
Here are the most effective, simple home remedies that can help you increase your appetite.
Ginger root is an incredibly healthy plant, most often used as a spice, not only for its distinctive taste, but for its numerous health benefits too. Ginger is loaded with antioxidants and other bioactive compounds that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and even anticancer properties. Best of all, ginger is excellent for boosting digestive health, treating nausea and increasing appetite.
To use it for the latter, make this super-healthy ginger tea: grate about an inch of fresh ginger and toss it into the just boiled water. Let it sit for 10 minutes, drain, add a teaspoon of raw honey and drink up. Make sure you consume it every day until your appetite is back.
Coriander, also known as cilantro, is a common herb with many health benefits. Studies show it may reduce overall inflammation, improve heart health and lower blood sugar levels. But what we’re interested in the most, is can it increase appetite? Absolutely – coriander aids in the secretion of gastric juices, improves digestion, and relieves nausea, thereby improving appetite.
To use it, make coriander (cilantro) tea: take a handful of coriander leaves, wash them and put them in a cup of just boiled water. Let it sit for 20 minutes, then strain, add a bit of a lemon juice and drink up.
Indian gooseberry, or Amla, is one of the best ways you can increase your appetite. They’re rich in various antioxidants, and are therefore a great way to improve your general health and well-being. Amla is also used for detoxifying the liver, improving the health of the digestive system and reducing nausea.
To use it as an appetite-increasing remedy, take two tablespoons of Amla, two tablespoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of honey and mix them all in a cup of warm water. Drink on an empty stomach.