- Protein-rich foods provide more energy, while carbohydrate-rich foods can make you drowsy.
- Increase your fibre intake by eating more fruit, vegetables and whole grain products.
- Iron and zinc play an important role, so make sure you include pulses, nuts and seeds, spinach, liver and fish in your diet.
- Avoid refined sugars such as candy bars and stick to sugars that are absorbed more slowly as these will provide a steady energy supply rather than a sudden peak.
- Caffeine is tempting as it can give you a quick kick of energy, but this is followed by a corresponding slump, so be careful.
- Vitamin C is important to maintain energy levels. The richest natural sources are fruit and vegetables, particularly citrus fruits, strawberries, peppers and kiwifruit.
- Foods rich in vitamin B12 such as meat, fish, eggs and yeast help to combat fatigue.
- For general health reasons, fizzy drinks tobacco and fatty foods are all best avoided.
- Alcohol causes drowsiness, so even small quantities should be avoided.
A normal varied diet should provide you with all the vitamins and minerals you need, but if you are suffering from temporary fatigue, vitamin supplements, especially those enriched with ginseng and / or royal jelly, can be helpful.
If you eat a healthy and varied diet and still don't manage to overcome your fatigue, do check with the doctor to make sure there's no other underlying problems that need dealing with.
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