Loss of appetite can be caused by problems with your digestive system such as a stomach ulcer or by Crohn’s disease which is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It usually affects the intestines, but may occur anywhere from the mouth to the end of the rectum. Loss of appetite can also be caused by a range of viruses such as the flu. Cancer is also linked to a significant loss of appetite.
The best ways to stimulate your appetite is by allowing yourself to have a large range of different foods to eat which make up a healthy balanced diet, as well as participating in physical activity as this, increases your metabolism allowing you feel hungrier and eat more without the ill effects of putting too much weight on as you burn up excess calories.
A healthy balanced diet consists of eating the right amount of food for how active you are, and eating a range of food from the five main food groups. The five main food groups are carbohydrates, which contain lots of energy and nutrients such as bread, pasta and potatoes. Protein which helps with the growth and repair of the body, this is found in meat and fish. Fruit and vegetables these contain a large number of nutrients such as fibre, and different vitamins like vitamin C found in oranges and other citrus fruits. Foods high in fat and sugar. As well as water on of the most essential things the body needs.
Other than eating correctly certain medications can be taken to help aid appetite. One such drug is anabolic steroids which are given to cancer patients to prevent them from having a loss of appetite. Another medicine used is Megestrol which can significantly increase the appetite of any one taking it, and is also used on cancer patients. Alcohol and a number of anti depression drugs can also help increase the appetite.