HWHR-Hormone Health in Midlife
In this mini episode we give you a snapshot of the key reasons for hormone imbalance, with the midlife runner in mind. We explore how an imbalance may impact on work, family life socialising, and, of course, YOUR running. We consider some of the principle risk factors for hormone imbalance before delving into some nutritional and lifestyle suggestions YOU could consider implementing.
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Considering some risk factors for hormone imbalance including STRESS and DIET. Particular emphasis is placed on the effects of stress and how it underpins other factors linked to hormone imbalance including poor food choices.
Discussing the links between raised cortisol levels and inflammation and how this may affect running performance and potentially lead to loss of YOUR running mojo.
Considering some nutritional changes a midlife female runner could implement to support her hormone health as she journeys through peri-menopause into menopause and beyond. We explore the positive effects of phytoestrogenic foods and cruciferous vegetables whilst also mentioning the detrimental effects of environmental xenoestrogens.
Thinking about some lifestyle changes a midlife female runner could introduce to support hormone health including stress reduction and minimising toxin exposure.
- Remember that stress can affect us in many different ways: physically, emotionally, behaviourally and psychologically.
- Don’t ignore the stressors in your life, think about the ones within your control and try to reduce/remove them e.g. diet/lifestyle
- Remember hormone imbalance can have far reaching health effects including: risk of injury/illness, weight gain/unhealthy body composition, risk of health conditions including T2DM.
- Remember that small changes can have significant positive effects….so start your journey of change NOW!!
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 met at as nutrition students (Institute for Optimum Nutrition, London) and became lifelong friends and nutritional buddies! Both have a love of running and a passion for nutrition, delicious food and healthy living.
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