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Lost Your Appetite? This Might Be Why

By Sara Butler

From time to time, you may not seem as hungry as you normally are. Or you may just forget to eat. Sometimes even the thought of food may make your stomach turn? In the short term, there is probably not much to worry about when it comes to the loss of appetite, but if you're experiencing it as an ongoing issue, then it may be due to a few common causes.


If you've recently begun taking a new medication or you've been recently diagnosed with an infection that you're taking medication for, then that can reduce your appetite. Many drugs have a side effect of loss of appetite. But if you're worried about it, then discuss it with the prescribing doctor. Medications can be adjusted, or loss of appetite may be the result of something more serious.

You Have Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can also cause a loss of appetite. Especially issues involving nerve damage or neurological issues such as migraines can make someone lose the desire to eat. Pain medications that are commonly prescribed may also cause a loss of appetite. If you're dealing with pain long term, then you may need other strategies to combat the pain aside from medication that can cause other issues related to your health such as loss of appetite.


A big factor in appetite can be stress, too. Some people tend to ignore their hunger cues when they're under a lot of stress, skipping meals in the process. If you notice that your appetite has suddenly dropped off of a cliff, then you may want to evaluate the stress you've been under. Try doing things to combat stress that can help your appetite return to normal, such as exercise, meditation, and getting plenty of sleep.

When to Get Worried

If you are experiencing a loss of appetite as an ongoing issue or you have underlying medical concerns, then it's important to talk to a medical professional. They can help you to manage any symptoms you have and also perhaps even offer other strategies to help your appetite return.

You should not ignore the loss of your appetite or write it off as no big deal. Your body needs proper nutrition to work at its very best and if you're not getting that, then you must get concerned for your long-term health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Katy, Tex.

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