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Not feeling hungry?

There are multiple reasons for the loss of appetite. Some are insignificant, like a passing cold, but a few can indicate the onset of an serious medical condition. It is important to deal with such a disorder promptly as it can make your body susceptible to infections.

health and fitness Updated: Jul 18, 2011 01:22 IST

There are multiple reasons for the loss of appetite. Some are insignificant, like a passing cold, but a few can indicate the onset of an serious medical condition. It is important to deal with such a disorder promptly as it can make your body susceptible to infections.

Low appetite causes:
Nausea or constipation n Sores in the mouth
Lack of physical activity n Excessive alcohol intake n Excessive smoking
Emotional disturbances
Other physical ailments
Other conditions that are generally found in women: Anorexia Nervosa: Symptoms include loss of appetite, intended self-starvation, excessive physical exercise, cold intolerance, loss of hair and irregular menstrual periods. Hyperthyroidism: It is causes by over-production of the thyroid hormone. Symptoms include low appetite, concentration difficulty, frequent bowel movements, heat intolerance, increased sweating, irregular menses, nervousness and weight loss.

Regularising hunger:
Add swimming, walking or cardiovascular exercises to your routine.
Have fruit juices, soya, milkshakes and smoothies.
Prepare a paste by mixing gooseberry (amla) and honey together. Take 1 tbsp of the paste half an hour before meals.
Roast a raw mango and put it in cold water. Squeeze out the juice and add water. Add rock salt, cumin seeds, honey and mint leaves.
Take equal quantities of ajwain, cumin seeds, ginger and asafoetida. Add rock salt. Grind them together to form a powder. Mix with butter milk and have it an hour before the meals.

Dr Anjali Mukerjee, nutritionist