Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
Ever since becoming a vegetarian, I find that I am constantly tired. What can I do about this?
A: The fundamental issue with vegetarian diets is the lack of several essential amino acids, which are crucial to our body functions. These twenty-something amino acids unfortunately are not manufactured within our body, and therefore must be obtained from our food. The most ready sources of these amino acids are animal sources. However, there are alternatives if you wish to remain a vegetarian.
My suggestion is to consult a nutritionist to determine your specific needs and appropriate sources for these nutrients. Alternatively, you might want to consider consuming a moderate amount of animal products (from safe and clean sources, of course) to supplement your nutrition.
You may find these specially formulated Traditions of Tao products helpful for tiredness: “Fatigue”, “Abundant Energy”, the “Five Elements of Health”, and “High Performance”. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.