If you answered yes, then try taking a second look at your diet as you could be lacking or overindulging in certain foods or beverages. The following suggestions may help you determine what is causing your tiredness.
1. Hydration. Are you drinking sufficient water to get you through the day, free of thirst? If not, try carrying a bottle of water with you, wherever you go – you will be surprised at how quickly it will be empty.
2. Too much caffeine? Try and limit yourself to a maximum of two caffeinated drinks (such as tea or coffee) per day. This is sufficient to boost energy and mental alertness but consuming more than six caffeinated drinks a day may leave you prone to anxiety, irritability and reduced performance. Try a cup of green tea, as it contains less caffeine than regular tea and is loaded with antioxidants which offer great health benefits!
3. Eat breakfast. Your body requires energy after the ‘fast’ during the night so never skip breakfast! Don’t forget to include fruit as well as whole grains.
4. Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals may cause fluctuations in your blood sugar levels so try to eat small meals regularly so as to maintain your energy levels throughout the day.
5. Adopt a healthy diet. Your diet should include healthy foods that offer a wide variety of vitamins and minerals that your body requires. Fruit, vegetables, wholegrain foods, low-fat dairy products and lean meats should be included. Seek professional advice from a dietician if you need help to adopt a healthy diet plan.
6. Don’t overeat as large meals can drain your energy, leaving you feeling fatigued. Try eating more smaller meals during the day instead of a few large meals. Healthy snacks such as fruit are a great idea to give you a little energy boost during the day!
7. Include iron rich foods in your diet. Females tend to be prone to iron-deficiency so ensure that your diet includes sufficient iron rich foods such as lean red meat.
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