Four nutrients to look out for in tired patients' diets

AVOIDING certain foods or entire food groups can leave patients feeling tired due to nutrient deficiencies as outlined here. Health authorities recommend 30 types of food daily.1

The brain can’t store fuel, so it requires a regular supply of energy. It’s why we eat meals every 3-4 hours. Refuelling the body regularly maintains energy levels and circadian rhythms.

Check the timing of a patient’s meals, but also how lifestyle factors may influence what they eat and when.

Are they shiftworkers needing dinner at breakfast time? Are they athletes with