What to eat for… low en­ergy

Glamour (South Africa) - - Health -

En­ergy gone MIA? It’s of­ten down to what we’re not eat­ing. “Skip­ping meals and not drink­ing enough wa­ter are sure­fire ways to feel slug­gish,” says nu­tri­tion­ist Rob Hob­son. Still tired? “If you feel per­sis­tently lethar­gic, see a health­care prac­ti­tioner. If there’s no med­i­cal cause, it’s of­ten all about get­ting a bal­anced diet, well stocked in iron and vi­ta­min B,” says clin­i­cal nu­tri­tion­ist Peter Cox.

+ Steak Low iron lev­els are a com­mon cause of fa­tigue, es­pe­cially if you have heavy pe­ri­ods. Red meat is your best source. “It also con­tains en­er­gy­boost­ing vi­ta­min B12. A rough rule of thumb is eat­ing red meat three times a week (think of one serv­ing as a fist­ful),” says Peter.

+ Beet­root juice If meat is not your thing, stock up on beet­root juice. “I rec­om­mend a 350ml glass a day for clients who suf­fer from anaemia, one

med­i­cal cause of fa­tigue,” says Peter. “It’s the rich­est plant source of iron.”

- En­ergy drinks Yes, they pep you up briefly, but re­search found that within an hour of knock­ing back an en­ergy drink, sub­jects had worse con­cen­tra­tion than be­fore. “En­ergy drinks can cause rapid re­lease of fuel by push­ing your blood in­sulin level up, but that then leads to your en­ergy lev­els be­ing stripped,” ex­plains Peter.

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