Have you ever felt the loss of appetite? Surely every person has experienced the same sometime or the other, but never took the phenomenon into consideration. In simple words, hunger is a situation when our body needs energy to keep going. It is important to make sure that we fuel our body with right amount of food that provides nutrients to get going. When this cycle is disrupted, it may lead to some serious problem. Hence, when you undergo a ‘loss of hunger’ situation, take it seriously!

Here’re a few reasons why you may not be feeling hungry:

  • It is said that anxiety releases certain stress hormones which imbalance the appetite cycle of a person. These stress hormones can slow down hunger, appetite and digestion. So try to divert your mind and lower down your anxiety.
  • Depression is one of the most common causes. It is said that depression can cause some imbalance in the area of the brain which is responsible for monitoring the psychological state of the body and make it less active. This phenomenon may lead to decrease in hunger and appetite signalling. So if you don’t feel hungry when you are sad, you know what to do. Rush to kitchen and eat!
  • Sometimes extreme stress may cause physical symptoms like nausea and indigestion, which can interfere with your desire to eat. During this time, you must change your focus to something else that you like to do. This may help in lowering down the stress level.
  • Age also plays a crucial role in your desire to eat. According to PUBMED Central, about 15 to 30 per cent of older people are estimated to experience age-related appetite decline.

So, whatever the situation is, fuel your body with right amount of nutrients time to time to keep going. Stay healthy, stay safe!

(This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.)

About Somdatta SahaExplorer- this is what Somdatta likes to call herself. Be it in terms of food, people or places, all she craves for is to know the unknown. A simple aglio olio pasta or daal-chawal and a good movie can make her day.

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