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06 Apr 2006

TOO TIRED FOR WORDS
Hello Dietdoc

I have read just about all the articles and followed the advice. The thing is I am just so tired (intermittently) on days that I need a Red Bull just to function. The doctor says that it is because I have been through a very stressful time since last year and was not so well either. I am better but with the tiredness and a bit run down still. I am taking multi-vitaims and eating well with lots of veges and fruit. However, what I can actually eat specifically that would boost my energy and immunity levels. I am sure that I am eating almost everything that I should, but maybe not enough. Go heavy on the ...... what?

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01 Jan 0001

Dear Tiredness
I am sorry to hear about all the problems you have had. Anxiety and depression are two of the prime causes of weariness. I trust that you have received assistance with coping, such as consulting a clinical psychologist? If not, do consider seeing a psychologist as it could make a dramatic difference to your recovery. Did your dr test your iron and B12 levels to see if you are anaemic? If not, have that done just to be sure that you aren't suffering from iron-deficiency or pernicious (lack of B12) anaemia which can both make you totally enervated. From a dietary point of view you are already doing what you should do. Make sure that you eat a good source of iron and vitamin B12 every day like liver, read meat, fish, egg yolk, poultry, iron fortified breakfast cereals and bread and dried fruit. Drink a glass of citrus fruit which is rich in vit C with your iron-fortified cereals to improve absorption.
Also try to get a bit of exercise every day by going for a walk in the fresh air even if you feel knocked out. The exercise helps your blood circulation and transports oxygen all over the body, counteracts depression and generally improves well-being.
Hang in there
DietDoc
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