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Dietitian Q/A

Because of the contents of some questions and the large number we receive, the MUSC Dietitians only answer selected questions. Although we discourage questions regarding personal health problems, scheduling an appointment with the outpatient dietitian to address these concerns is encouraged. Appointments can be made after a physician referral is received.

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 Question:  I often feel tired at certain times in the morning at after lunch. Whats a natural way to boost energy?


Tiredness throughout the day can be caused by a variety of reasons. Not getting enough sleep, eating a large breakfast/lunch, skipping meals, stress, dehydration, sleep disorders, and other medical conditions can be common culprits. Getting a cup of coffee or other caffeinated drink (such as soda or energy drinks) will actually not help the problem as much as you would think. Instead, grab a drink of water or try to keep a water bottle with you to avoid dehydration and re-energize. If you’ve skipped a meal, try to find a snack. Fruit and nuts can make a great pick me up if you’ve missed breakfast or lunch. When you do have meals and snacks don’t over indulge, and try to select a plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Poor nutrition can also lead to tiredness.


If skipping meals and dehydration aren’t the cause, get up and move around for a few minutes. About 10 minutes should do the trick. Or try aromatherapy; orange peel, peppermint or rosemary oils can get you going again. If none of that works, then try having a healthy snack.


If you repeatedly have daytime tiredness and you are sleeping enough (7-8 hours a night), there could be an underlying medical cause, and in that case, you should see your doctor.

Answered: 04/05/2011

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