HWHR-Hormone Health in Midlife - She Runs Eats Performs

Episode 4

Published on:

28th Sep 2020

HWHR-Hormone Health in Midlife

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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Show Notes


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.  


Key Takeaways

  • 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.

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

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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.