There are people who are just thinner than normal most
of their life and are healthy that way. But for other people, underweight may be
indicative of health problems. This is especially true if the condition results from unintended, perhaps sudden, weight loss. Unintended weight loss can result from a malabsorption
problem, intestinal parasites, certain types of cancer; a colon disorder such as
Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or diverticulitis
, or a chronic illness such as diabetes, chronic
diarrhea, or hyperthyroidism. Surgery, stress, or trauma, such as the loss of a loved one, can also contribute to loss of appetite and weight loss.
Underweight can also be caused by treatments such as cancer chemotherapy
and radiation therapy, whose side effects include nausea, vomiting, and loss
of appetite. An individual who is underweight but believes he or she weighs
too much may be suffering from an eating disorder. People with AIDS often
suffer from what is known as “wasting syndrome,” in which they become more
and more emaciated as the disease progresses. Weight loss may in turn cause
nutritional deficiencies that further impair health and complicate recovery.
Two age groups for whom poor nutrition is a special problem are the very young and the very old. Malnutrition in childhood, especially in infancy, can have permanent effects because it interferes with normal growth and development. Children also have less in the way of nutritional reserves in their bodies to draw upon if intake or absorption of nutrients is inadequate. At the other end of the lifespan, many elderly people find themselves less and less interested in eating as time goes by, and reduced financial resources may add to the incentive to skip meals. As a result, older people have an increased risk of becoming malnourished.
The suggestions in this section are intended for older people who require nutritional rehabilitation. They may also be useful for people who have higher than normal nutritional requirements, such as people who have
hepatitis or are undergoing cancer treatment, those who are recovering from burns or trauma, and women who are pregnant or nursing. A child who is undernourished or stops gaining weight should be seen by a doctor.
If you think you may be underweight, and particularly if you are experiencing unintended weight loss, have a complete medical examination to check for an underlying physical disorder. You may have a health problem that requires treatment.
You should be concerned when a baby or young child suddenly seems to stop gaining weight.
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& Mineral supplement
|contains vitamin E , vitamin C ,
manganese, and zinc
and all of these are helpful in both the treatment and prevention of
being underweight. The nutrients found in a daily supplement are needed for good
general health and well being.
|extremely important for repair of digestive tract
and it also reduces
the inflammation associated with crohn's disease. Fatty acids are found in
omega fatty acids from fish oil, flax seed oil, and borage seed oil.
|friendly bacteria needed for good bowel
and colon health. Maybe combined with Lactobacillus rhanosus,
Bifidobacterium longum, and Lactobacillus plantarum in a combination
such as BotanaCleanse.
|provides protection from free radicals and
helps the body's immune system.
|important anti-oxidant that help with repair of intestinal tract.
|needed for good bone formation and growth
|C vitamins are essential in increasing immunity and helps to prevent inflammation works
better with bio-flavonoids.
| B12 helps digestion and the B
vitamins help both with appetite and the proper digestion of fats in
|enhances healing and the immune system problems.
Found in a good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement.
|helps the human body in producing new cells.
Other Changes To Make
drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or
filtered water a day
eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)
nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good
juice is good (make your
own with a juice machine)
do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods
carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack
a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)
do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks
do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...
use stress relief like going for walks in the park
(or the 10/90 rule - see
brown rice is good to eat
avoid red meat and animal fats
reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others
fast a few days a month
get at least 8 hours of sleep
exercise light to moderate amounts
avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet
do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke
do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal
do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry
do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else