Listeners Nutrition Clinic - She Runs Eats Performs

Episode 112

Published on:

8th Sep 2022

Listeners Nutrition Clinic 2

This is the second episode of our Listeners Nutrition Clinic where we answer questions we have received from YOU, our listeners and followers.

These are questions linked to YOUR nutrition for your running, performance and personal goals….so, if you have any questions you would like us to answer/discuss in this space then do get in touch with us at

We host this Listeners Nutrition Clinic periodically, and we choose 3 questions we have received from our listeners to discuss giving some TIPS that will hopefully support the individual posing the question…but also give you all some food for thought.

In this episode we answer:

Q1. Anne has asked How does glutamine help with recovery after training? What does it do and is glutamine appropriate for recovery and or to help leaky gut?

Q2. Claire asks “am I doing too much training and what is too much?

Q3. Jane asks for Tips on supporting breathlessness following a Covid Infection – something that seems to affect many runners.



What is Glutamine and food sources of this conditionally essential amino acid


The role glutamine has in biological functions and in sports nutrition.


Is glutamine supplementation appropriate for supporting recovery and how can it support digestive health? Plus other key nutrients to consider for gut healing including Vitamin D, Zinc, Vit A, polyphenols and many more …..


A cautionary word about when it is not appropriate to use l-glutamine as a supplement i.e. when taking anti-convulsant drugs or when a cancer patient.


Claire asks “am I doing too much training and what is too much? Claire is in the latter stages of marathon training.


Karen gives insights into the importance of including a rest day in your training plan.


Tapering strategies to support a runner in the lead up to a race.


Why a strict 3-week tapering phase is best practice and a reminder to pay attention to fuelling your energy requirements during training, it's so important to adjust and increase your food intake in line with the amount of training that you are doing.


Jane asks for Tips on supporting breathlessness following a Covid Infection. This is a common experience - other listeners and FB Group members have told us they are finding it difficult to be anywhere near the run fitness they had pre covid. Breathing is difficult and therefore pace has dropped.


A personalised nutrition approach to analysing the imbalances related to long-covid symptoms.


Underlying reasons which may be contributing to breathlessness. How a deficiency in vitamin K may be implicated.


Utilising mycotherapy as a nutritional intervention to support respiratory health.


How the English National Opera Breathe programme has shown improvements in the reduction and breathlessness in running in post-covid study participants.


Some simple tips to consider when resuming training after illness.

(38:25) Take Away Message

 Personalised Nutrition

 Remember that we are all INDIVIDUALS…..the recommendations suggested today may not be suitable for EVERYONE. If you feel you require a more personalised approach to nutrition for your running then do get in touch with us to discuss how we could work with you. You can book a FREE introductory call with us via our website

Related Topics:

London Marathon Nutrition Milestones

Endurance Running and Immune System

Food for Gut Healing


The suggestions we make during this episode are for guidance and

advice only, and are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment.

If you have any concerns regarding your health, please contact

your healthcare professional for advice as soon as possible.

Aileen Smith and Karen Campbell host RUNNERS HEALTH HUB. A place for like-minded female runners who are looking for simple ways to support running performance, energy, endurance, and general great health.

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Aileen and Karen 


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About the Podcast

She Runs Eats Performs
for mid-life female runners of all abilities
Are you confused about the science around nutrition for runners? Listen in to learn about the WHY, HOW, WHAT, and WHEN of eating to fuel your running performance.

We are here to help you translate sports nutritional science, into easy to apply tips and plans, helping you enjoy peak running performance. We focus on the FEMALE FACTORS every mid-life woman needs to know to be a healthy runner.

About your host

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Aileen Smith

Nutritionists, Educators, Podcasters, Runners and Friends

We have a love of running and a passion for nutrition, delicious food and healthy living. She Runs Eats Performs for female runners of all abilities who are looking for simple ways to improve their running performance and their health with nutrition and lifestyle.
We enjoy sharing our nutritional expertise, reviewing the latest sports science and most of all helping you to take easy action so you can enjoy your running life to the full.
We are here to help you achieve great health and good shape whilst staying injury-free with easy-to-understand sports nutritional concepts and easy-to-implement tips and plans.

Aileen and Karen are BANT and CNHC Registered Nutritional Therapists.