So someone asked me specifically for this, and I thought it would be great to share what I recommended. These are things that work for me, and are proven because of their content. I will always advise people about maintaining a balance in things.
Things to help your appetite
A nutritional deficiency in vitamins A, C or E can also cause poor appetite and a troubled digestion amongst other things.
Fruits and Meals
Drink a small glass of fruit juice half an hour before your meal. The sugar in fruit juice causes a spike, followed by a decline in your blood sugar that triggers your appetite.
Eat small, frequent meals rather than one or two heavy meals, to encourage appetite and promote digestion. It is important that food has an appealing appearance and aroma, and that meals be taken in a relaxed and pleasant environment. Don’t miss breakfast!
Tangy, colourful fruits such as apricots, apples, grapes, peaches or red currants stimulate the appetite. Fresh blueberries with milk are wonderfully refreshing and revitalizing (I can totally testify!), and are tolerated by even the weakest stomach.
Lemon juice with water is a very refreshing and appetite-stimulating drink. Lemons, Oranges and Pineapple are an excellent source of vitamin C. Pineapple juice is also a good choice of drink to precede a meal. In addition to stimulating the appetite and providing vitamin C, pineapple contains an enzyme which facilitates digestion by breaking down proteins similar to stomach acids.
Some other things to take are avocados, banana custard pudding, buttermilk, nuts and nut butters, tuna and chicken. Lactic acid fermented foods such as natural, unsweetened yogurt are also very beneficial to digestion and optimal absorption of nutrients because they create a healthy bacterial environment in the intestines. You can buy fresh yoghurt and cut fresh fruits in it, great stuff!
Whole oats are very rich in proteins, unsaturated fatty acids, complex carbohydrates and cellulose, which stimulates intestinal activity. A Swiss-style muesli of rolled oats, grated nuts, yogurt and apricots or peaches is an excellent starter in the morning or pick-me-up during the day. You can also do Banana and Oats.(very good breakfast)
Nutritional yeast is excellent for building strength and energy, also stimulating appetite because of the high content of B-Vitamins.
Supplements to take, Omega-3, B-Vitamins, Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin E
Vitamin B complex, 50 mg one to three times daily
Vitamin C, with bioflavonoids, 1,000 mg three times daily
Zinc, 20 mg, with 3 mg copper, three times daily until appetite returns, then reduce intake to 20 mg once daily
Vitamin A, 25,000 IU
Vitamin E, with mixed tocopherols, 400-800 IU
For a chronically depressed appetite, bitter herb juices, taken half an hour before meals, are excellent for stimulating the appetite. Any of the recommended herbs can be taken as teas or diluted tinctures, depending on personal preference and availability. However, juices are milder than tinctures and are gentle on the stomach and intestines. Especially for an undernourished person, the freshly pressed juices provide the vitamins and minerals needed.
- Swedish bitters are an old proven combination of bitter herbs that stimulate bile flow and aid digestion. Take 1 tsp. before and after meals.
- Green, leafy herbs are highly nourishing and stimulate appetite. Take 1 tbsp. fresh juice before breakfast and lunch.
- If appetite loss is emotional or stress-related, sip fennel, chamomile, fenugreek, lemon balm or peppermint tea throughout the day. These herbs, taken alone or combined, have a soothing effect on the stomach. Use 1 tsp. of herbs per cup of boiling water.
- Vigorous exercise like walking, running and doing work-outs can stimulate the appetite.
- If appetite loss is due to an emotional problem, a temporary change of environment or location is advisable.