Phytoestrogens for Midlife Runners
Phytoestrogens are compounds found in plant foods which have effects in the human body similar to that of body’s natural oestrogen.
Phytoestrogens are described as oestrogen mimickers and modulators.
They are called mimickers because they have a similar chemical structure to the oestrogen that our bodies produce naturally, and modulators because they may support increasing or decreasing oestrogen levels in the body by either activating or blocking oestrogen receptor sites.
Including phytoestrogens as part of our diet and a multi-factorial approach may help manage and minimise the typical symptoms women experience during the menopause transition and post- menopausal years e.g. hot flushes, night sweats, muscle aches and pains, dry/itchy skin, changes in libido, vaginal dryness, mind fog, mood swings, poor sleep.
THESE SYMPTOMS may affect your running performance.
We have talked about phytoestrogens in many of our episodes however today we thought we’d showcase their nutritional properties and share some ideas on how you may add these foods to your everyday food plan to support your female sex hormonal balance.
We will ….
- Outline what phytoestrogens are and why are they important in midlife
- Discuss the different families of phytoestrogens
- Give you some ideas of how you may easily add phytoestrogens into your food plan
- Share a one-day-food plan full of phytoestrogenic foods