What to eat for… low energy
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.