Malnutrition sets in on some people because of an inability to sustain weight and incur loss of energy and strength at the same instance other obese people have a difficulty in losing weight, thus there are two very unconnected sides to the issue of weight in most people. Many symptoms such as total and utter fatigue, a feeling of chilliness, very low energies and drive and profound listlessness accompany the loss of weight.
Some typical signs indicative of weight loss is the lowering of the blood
sugar level, this phenomenon is known as hypoglycemia, a low blood sugar can itself induce many different types of conditions such as weakness, irritability and dizziness. When the human body is involved in combating and warding off illnesses or disease, or when it is under fever, some loss of body weight usually occurs as a consequence and this is to be considered normal in all individuals.
The onset of weight loss causes chronic fatigue, and contributes to the lowering of the body’s power of resistance to many types of disorders and diseases, and weight loss as a condition is greater in occurrence among sick people, the very young individuals and old and elderly people.
Serious malnutrition and a dull appetite may result form the continuous consumption of a poor diet deficient in essential nutrients, which is extremely high in calorific value. Because of the possibility that a severe underlying disorder is the reason for the sudden loss of weight, a thorough investigation and medical examination of all patients who experience abrupt weight loss becomes necessary.
The presence or experience of stress, anxiety and nervousness and emotional upset, can lead to the onset of a temporary loss of weight in an individual, this is rectifiable through changing the lifestyle, exercising regularly is a good option, and this loss can also be contained through a carefully maintained diet which includes a lot of nutritious substances.
Consistent weight loss and a lowering of the appetite in a person can result from depression, as this affects the psychological state of the individual. The feelings of listlessness and the appearance of physical fatigue during depressive states are compounded in turn by the lowered appetite and the loss of weight.
A diet lacking in essential nutrients and nutritionally deficient is also one of the major reasons for the loss of weight experienced by a person. Through easy to rectify by simply learning, the inability to cook properly may impede the appearance of a healthy diet in a person’s dietary intake.
The loss of weight and appetite, accompanied by physical fatigue and exhaustion, the results of overmedication or wrong prescriptions, and psychological states like depression and constant nagging pain often afflict the elderly, and for these reasons old people tend to be vulnerable to weight loss.
They also generally tend to be choosy about food and may not enjoy the meals served to them, this can cause a drop in their daily food intake levels, moreover such instances are very likely in old people, as they tend to be dependants.
The loss of weight can also result due to an impaired absorptive capacity in the intestinal tract; this dysfunctional absorption rate can lead to further reductions in appetite, which will complete the cycle.
Many conditions such as celiac disease, the presence of chronic ulcers in the stomach or intestines, infection from pathogens and parasites and Crohn’s disease can all compound or complicate the loss of appetite and the resulting reduction in the weight of the individual.
Metabolic disorders such as both type I and II diabetes and hyperthyroidism resulting from an overactive thyroid can lead to loss of weight in a person. Weight loss is also caused by the presence of other severe illnesses such as tuberculosis, benign and malignant forms of cancer and viral diseases such as HIV.
Loss of weight is almost always extreme in many forms of eating disorders, one of which is anorexia nervosa; the patients must be examined for possible symptoms associated with such diseases.
Supplements and herbs
To build up body mass and increase the overall weight of an individual, it is necessary to include a healthy diet and lifestyle. The inclusion of essential nutrients in such a diet can be assured via supplementation with the proper forms of many types of nutritional supplements.
All the essential vitamins which are vital to the body’s proper functioning can be obtained from the ingestion of multivitamins at regular intervals. Appetite can also be stimulated through important building block vitamins such as the B complex vitamins in the diet of the individual.
The dietary introduction of the given natural herbal therapies and appetite stimulants must be carried out only after the verification of the absence of these serious diseases in the individual. A qualified health practitioner must be consulted to guide the patient during a recuperative program especially where nutrient deprivation to the afflicted person has been extensive and prolonged in duration.
Tasty food aids the appetite and it advisable to flavor your meals through the proper and generous use of wholesome culinary herbs and seasonings during cooking. Depleted levels of essential vitamins and all important minerals can be restored through the consumption of the juice made form the leaves of herbs like the dandelion, and the common spinach, the juice of the stinging nettle, the borage and those of the watercress can also be used in this role, these are extremely healthy and nutrient rich drinks.
On a daily and regular basis, a tbsp. of such herbal juices will make a great supplement and restore nutrients at the same time. The appetite can be stimulated and enhanced through the use of culinary herbs like the fenugreek and the gentian, use can be made of the Icelandic moss as a seasoning, the caraway, the lemon balm and yarrow can be made into herbal teas as well.
Herbal teas can be prepared from the herbs just mentioned by steeping a tsp. of the herbs in a cup of boiling water for ten minutes, strain the resulting liquid well and the tea can be consumed thrice a day on a regular basis before meals to increase appetite.
Additional things you may do
The normalization of disrupted metabolic functioning in the person can be made through the regular and consistent exercise routine, these include activities such as walking or swimming on a regular basis, such activity stimulates glandular activity, enhances the appetite and restores health in the afflicted individual.
Body mass increases and the weight gained during exercise is muscle, which is better then fat in the recovering individual. To improve circulation and metabolism, include alternate methods like cold water stepping on a morning, on a daily and regular basis for at least five minutes each session. To promote the digestive function and enhance health, practice dry brushing the area around the stomach two times every day.
Vitamin B complex, 50 mg a day
Minerals with multivitamin (as recommended on the label).