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Natural Remedies To Improve Appetite In Adults

By Padmapreetham Mahalingam

Changes in appetite can be symptoms of the onset of illness. Usually loss of appetite is an underlying issue that can stem from many factors such as tension, depression, emotional distress, nervousness and anxiety.

People who are having a bad patch in their work life or facing personal problems in their family life will not have the desire for food and this can particularly make their appetite plummet.


Loss of appetite can be a temporary issue or a long term problem, yet it is normally associated with emotional factors.

Weight loss, diminished appetite and sleep changes do commonly occur in adults and are mostly caused because of depression.

Even waking up more frequently during the night or early morning can have a far-reaching impact in your sleep pattern which is likely to lead to melancholia and depression.

Stress and psychological factors do compound to impaired eating patterns. Diminished appetite can in turn result in decreased resistance of the body as well as ill health.

To improve the resistance of the human body and to get away from illness, it is important to follow certain home remedies so as to cure the loss of appetite. Here are some of the natural remedies to promote appetite in adults.


Ginger And Pepper

Ginger stimulates appetite and manages to reduce the problem of indigestion. It has medicinal properties that can alleviate stomach aches. Interestingly, using the combination of ginger and black pepper not only destroys cells that are affected by pathogens but manages to stimulate appetite.

Slice an inch of ginger into several pieces and then try to boil it in 2 cups of water. You can add some sugar or honey into it.

Alternatively you can even try the second recipe. Chop ginger into small pieces and add a few pieces of rhizome into it. Then grind them to a paste and try to strain them to extract the juice. Next add black pepper powder into the mixture and then include a few drops of lemon juice in it. This helps your appetite to kick in as well as helps to improve indigestion.

Remember not to give this remedy to pregnant women. Even ginger tea has the digestive power to stimulate a tired appetite. Drinking ginger tea is the best way to start the day off as it has incredible health benefits.


Pomegranate Juice

Pomegranate is a good source of fibre, vitamins A, C and E, iron and other antioxidants. There are certain fruits which help to stimulate hunger and to rejuvenate your body and interestingly pomegranate happens to be one among them.

Its juice helps to improve and enhance your appetite. Take a cup of sweet pomegranate juice and then put in half cup of apple juice, lemon juice and mint leaves juice into the mixture. Lastly mix this juice with 2 tbsp of sugar. You can also add a dash of honey and rock salt to the juice.


Cumin Seeds And Mustard Seeds

Cumins seeds are exceedingly good for digestive problems. These promote digestion and manage to enhance your appetite. Known to have a good source of vitamin A, C, E & B6, riboflavin and minerals such as iron, manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium, cumin seeds along with mustard seeds have the ability to improve immunity as well as respiratory health. Consuming these seeds can help flush free radicals from your digestive system and boost your appetite.

Add equal amounts of cumin, mustard seeds, ginger, black salt and asafoetida to the blender. Just grind these spices and then add a glass of buttermilk to it. Stir well and make sure to consume this drink only prior to a meal.


Carom Seeds

Carom seeds are preeminent for treating digestion problems as well as to cure constipation. For loss of appetite, mix carom seeds, fennel seeds, dried ginger powder and add salt to taste. Mix the ingredients well and grind it to make a fine paste. Later add a little hot ghee to this mixture. You can consume this mixture along with rice. This recipe helps to improve your appetite


Warm Water And Lemon

If you want to enhance your appetite then sip a glass of warm water with 1/2 lemon squeezed in it. This should be tossed down on an empty stomach especially in the morning. Lemon juice manages to cleanse your system as well as helps fire up your digestive function.



If you want to treat your diminished appetite then make sure to snack up on amla. Gooseberry, also referred to as amla is a boon to humanity for its health benefits. It manages to detoxify the liver and to boost the digestive tract functioning. Take a tbsp of amla juice in a bowl and add a dash of lemon juice and honey into it. Try to add this juice in a glass of warm water and make sure to consume this drink on an empty stomach in the morning.



Cinnamon is known to be a secret metabolic rate booster, which can even stabilise insulin levels. It contains hydoxychalcone which manages to improve the appetite.

Cinnamon has a blend of nutrients that can treat yeast infection. Usually people consume this spice by sprinkling it on toast, yoghurt, cereals, oatmeal, coffee and desserts.

Take 2 cinnamons sticks and boil it in water for 15 minutes. Infuse this tea with honey and black pepper powder. Drink this tea early in the morning if you want to speed up your metabolism.

You can take equal amounts of cinnamon bark, coriander seeds and then add a dash of cardamom seeds and fennel in a bowl. Let it stay overnight in water. Next day try to strain the mixture through a fine sieve and set aside the ingredients. Consume this water on an empty stomach as this can help to stimulate your tired appetite.


Coriander Seeds And Water

Coriander was introduced to the English by the Romans. It is one of the first culinary herbs to be used in many cuisines. Coriander seed is considered to be an appetite stimulant since it imparts a pleasing taste. Try to soak a handful of seeds overnight and then filter out the seeds. It is import to consume this water before having breakfast.


Yogurt And Mint

Iron deficiency and anaemia can affect the appetite of a person. So if you want to change your food habits as well as to improve your appetite then make sure to try this recipe. Try to mix mint leaves with yogurt and then add a dash of black pepper to it. This is one such remedy that can help in the secretion of gastric juices. Consume this ingredient twice a day.


Raw Tomatoes

Consuming tomatoes regularly is known to increase the appetite, so make sure to infuse huge amount of this red colour in your diet to prevent a health crisis. It usually never causes side effects.

It helps in digestion and it boosts the appetite. If you want to increase your appetite then either drink tomato juice or try to include a soup in your meal. It can bring significant changes in your diet as well as help cure anorexia.

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Story first published: Saturday, October 21, 2017, 12:30 [IST]
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