Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I am tired most of the time. My work schedule is 7 AM to 4 PM and after work, I have no energy left. What can I do to increase my energy level?
A: I would like to suggest some basic tests first to check for the following, hypothyroid function, chronic fatigue syndrome or depression. Consult your primary physician to help in this matter.
In the meantime I would recommend the following:
1. Go to sleep before 9:00 PM. I know this is hard to do, but try this for a week. You may simply not be getting ample sleep, and this will catch up with you. Also take a 30-minute walk 1 hour before bed. This is not an exercise, but it will help you sleep more soundly.
2. Avoid dairy products, alcohol, coffee, sugars and fatty fried foods. Stop consuming tomatoes, eggplants, and bell peppers for a week. Eat smaller meals more frequently, and drink more liquids.
3. Don’t try to do too much. You may be planning too many things, and this backfires on you when you can’t do them all. Try making one or two items a priority. This way you can build on success instead of failure.
4. You may want to have a feng shui specialist rearrange your home. There are many energetic elements in the home that can adversely affect your mood, energy, and stamina.
5. You might want to try the herbal formulas “Abundant Energy” and “Enduring Youth” by Traditions of Tao to supplement your healthy lifestyle. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.