Hormonal symptoms can be very disruptive to a female runner so anything you can do to promote hormonal balance is going to help you enjoy your running and stick to your training plan.

Today we are focusing on a major disruptor of hormonal balance which may influence PMS and Menopausal symptoms – we all know what they are don’t we?

We are going to talk about how pesticides on fruit and vegetables act as an endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC). Endocrine is another word for hormonal and these EDC’s act as fake hormones and can cause ‘disruption to natural processes’ so potentially very harmful.

We are going to discuss

·      How the Dirty Dozen Clean Fifteen list of fruit and vegetables may help you make healthy choices?

·      What vegetables support hormonal balance and where do they fit into the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen?

·      What practical things we can all do to minimise pesticides and toxins from vegetables

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What are endocrine disruptors, and what are their effects on the hormonal system.


Explaining the concept of toxic load.


What is the Dirty Dozen Clean Fifteen concept?





What vegetables support hormonal balance and where do they fit into the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen?


What practical things we can all do to minimise pesticides and toxins from fruit and vegetables? What to buy and is buying organic produce best?


Natural ways to clean your vegetables to minimise toxins.


We’d love you to take 1 Key Action after today’s episode and that is to look up one of the websites we’ve mentioned.

Read more about the Dirty Dozen Clean 15 at: www.ewg.org or Pan UK  https://www.pan-uk.org/

This will really help your overall awareness about the potential harm pesticides may cause our health in general but especially our hormonal balance.

Related Topics:

Love Your Liver

Hormone Health in Mid-Life

Perimenopause and Performance


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.

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