Food is one of the best ways to give your energy levels a boost – but don’t rely on sugar and processed carbohydrates, such as cake, biscuits, bread, pizza, pasta and pies. They can contribute to your malaise by altering your gut flora and interfering with your colon’s production of the B vitamins – essential for energy in every cell in the body. ‘Tea, coffee and sugar also overwork the adrenal glands,’ explains nutritional therapist Judy Watson (judywatsonnutritionist.co.uk).
‘Try to eat as “cleanly” as possible – with little or no processed foods, and
Four food fuellers
Meat: Packed with energy-boosting iron. Too little iron in your diet can cause anaemia, where there are too few red blood cells – or too little haemoglobin in them – to carry enough oxygen around the body. ‘It’s actually one of the most common reasons for feeling constantly tired and affects one in 20 postmenopausal women,’ says GP Dr Tony Steele (doctorfox.co.uk). Other iron-rich foods include eggs, tofu, pulses, beans, brown rice, nuts and seeds, dark green leafy vegetables, and even iron-fortified cereals and bread. If you think you may be anaemic it’s important to be correctly diagnosed by your GP (through a blood test), and you may be prescribed an iron supplement. plenty of green vegetables, protein, and healthy oils
(from nuts and seeds) to preserve your adrenals,’ adds Judy.
Supplements can help fill gaps in your diet. Try Pharmaton Vitality Capsules (£9.45 for 30 capsules,
Superdrug) for a unique blend of slow-release G115 Ginseng extract, vitamins, minerals and trace elements such as iron, zinc and magnesium.
Eggs: High in protein, a great source of sustained energy without the bloodsugar surge, and energy-giving nutrients such as thiamin, folate and B vitamins. Also good for vitamin D – try oily fish and fortified cereals and margarine too.
Almonds: Full of protein and minerals. Grab a handful for an afternoon snack alongside some energising green tea.