How To Naturally Decrease The Appetite With Foods and Herbs

 I hope everyone had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving filled with good times and memories.  If you’re like me, you ate way too much food!  I always wonder why I eat so much in one day – none of us want stretched out tummies, do we? :)  Thinking of eating so much also brings to mind some things that, when added to the diet, can help decrease your appetite and help you not eat so much.  Sugary and high-carb foods only make our bodies want to eat more.  A balanced diet is important, and those sugary and high-carb foods need to be limited. 

Tips to decrease appetite:

~Eat foods with higher water content like fruits, vegetables.
~Chew well and eat slowly to give your body time to feel fuller.  Eating fast makes your body not realize it’s had enough to eat when it really has.
~Drink plenty of water.  Water fills the stomach quickly and curbs hunger.  If you’re a big soda drinker, it can be bad news for your appetite and it tends to make you crave unhealthy foods while you drink it.  Soda and a candy bar, pizza or chips just go together, don’t they? ;)
These foods decrease appetite levels in the body:
*Apples
*Broccoli
*Cabbage
*Carrots
*Spinach
*Turnips
*Zucchini
*Garlic
*Lettuce
*Cucumbers
*Cauliflower
*Celery
*Asparagus
*Strawberries
*Oranges
*Grapefruit
*Papaya
*Pineapples
*Raspberries
*Flax Seeds
*Red Pepper stimulates thirst, causing a person to consume more liquids and less food, which results in weight loss!  It also raising metabolism.  Bring on the red pepper! :)
*Oatmeal contains fibers and slow burning carbohydrates. The slow burning carbohydrates curb food cravings and hunger for a longer period of time. Hence eating oatmeal can suppress the appetite.
*Salads – eat as many of these as you can!  Green leafy vegetables suppress hunger; add any of the above fruits or veggies and you have a powerhouse of nutrition that will help you not crave those bad foods and greatly improve your health!

Herbs that decrease the appetite~
(These herbs can be added to food or made into a tea, tincture or taken as capsules.)
My favorite way to save money with herbs is to buy them in bulk.  And my favorite herb store is the

*Alfalfa
*Chickweed
*Burdock
*Ginseng
*Licorice root can be consumed as a tea or tincture.  It helps curb sugar cravings.
*Dandelion (Yes – this is the yellow flower that shows itself in early spring and grows everywhere.  People think of this flower as a nuisance, but it is a very healthy useful herb!  It curbs cravings and boosts metabolism.)
*Nettle
*Fennel enhances the flavor of Italian dishes, and is also well known as a natural appetite suppressant.
*Cinnamon

*Green Tea has so many health benefits.  Besides fighting cancer and cavities, it is also an appetite suppressant, and boosts metabolism. It’s recommended to not use sugar when drinking it for the purpose of decreasing the appetite.

Instead of grabbing donuts or sugary cereal for breakfast, try starting your day with oatmeal or one of these other foods listed. Plan to include some of these foods to your diet on a regular basis instead of the foods that will make your body feel more hungry.  Also, adding these herbs to your diet in some form can be the beginning of choosing a healthier lifestyle and shedding a few pounds too!
 
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How To Naturally Increase The Appetite

A decrease in appetite can be a dangerous situation because it hinders the function of the immune system and causes the body to lack nutrients it needs to function in a healthy way. Now we all have times that we just don’t feel like eating, but if it’s a regular problem, you want to be sure you do something about it.
 What could cause a decrease in appetite?

*Cancer
*Serious Infections
*Diseases
*Stress
*Anxiety

Here are some ideas to naturally increase the appetite:

*Alfalfa is a green food that is a very nutritious appetite stimulant.  I add this to my tea mixtures that we drink on a regular basis because it is extremely rich in vitamins and minerals, it has 8 essential amino acids and the highest chlorophyll content of any plant.  Click here to buy alfalfa.
*Green Tea is good to drink half an hour before you eat to stimulate the appetite.  Green tea is another herb that I add on a regular basis to my mixture of teas.  Studies have shown it to fight and help prevent cancer, and it decreases the risk of tooth decay.  Click here for green tea.
*Chamomile is another herb that can stimulate the appetite, especially if the decrease of appetite is from stress or anxiety.  Chamomile settles the stomach and calms the nerves.  It also aids in digestion and expels gas.  This herb is good for any age, and is especially used for babies.  Click here for the whole flowers and here for the powder form.  The flowers are good to make a tea from, and the powder can be put into capsules or sprinkled in food.

~All 3 of these above herbs can be taken freely and as much as you wish, for children and adults!

Here are a couple of natural products that have been created for children that you may be interested in:

I hope these natural remedies can help you avoid taking medication if you suffer from a loss of appetite.  These herbs and products will benefit you in many other healthy ways too!

*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease.