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Foods for the tired


Feeling tired is a common complaint. People obviously feel that way for various reasons. For some it is simply that they need more sleep; some are dehydrated, and a glass or glasses of water are all that are needed.

Vitamins are the commonly given remedy, but sometimes our foods can provide that needed energy boost. Whilst the vitamins may help, sometimes we as pharmacists will recommend you pay your doctor a visit first, to rule out asthenia, anaemia, gastric ulcers

or even cancer. But let’s have a look at the foods first; you will be

surprised at which foods help.


Just mild dehydration (with a little as 1.5 per cent loss of water volume) can leave you feeling fatigued. This according to a recent study published in the Journal Of Nutrition. Watermelons are a good source. Watermelon has 90 per cent water content, which helps prevent dehydration and is a good source of energy. Watermelon also contains minerals such as potassium and magnesium.


We have heard so many “facts” about how bad milk is for us, that it can make your head spin. But milk and its products can give tremendous value for

money. In addition to supplying your body with water, milk can help to maintain electrolyte balance as we sweat. Of course, dairy offers protein and energy- revving carbohydrates as well.

And a glass before bed could make your muscles feel better in the morning. Medicine & Science In Sports & Exercise in a study published found that drinking casein (one of the proteins in milk) at night boosted muscle recovery and growth.


When you wake up on mornings, having a bowl of oatmeal first thing in the morning will supply you with a shot of sustained energy. Oats contain quality carbohydrates that are stored in the body as glycogen

and provide fuel for our brains and muscles. Apart from that, they also reduce cholesterol and keep can keep you feeling fuller, allowing you to have a reduced lunch.


We all know or at least should know by now that fibre takes longer to digest and helps extend the energy boost you get from carbs for long-lasting energy. Beans are jam-packed with the stuff. As mentioned in an earlier article, fibre also keeps energy levels on an even keel without dips, because it helps stabilize blood sugar. Beans also contain magnesium (close to a third of your recommended daily intake in a cup).

Magnesium helps to relax the body, so it can rest and restore energy; and the body uses this extra magnesium to activate cell enzymes that produce energy. Obviously there is one drawback to consuming a lot of beans, your workmates will know that you have embarked on your new bean diet.

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