What’s so good about menstrual cycles?

Great article, worth a read if you work with athletes or are an athlete with ongoing issues with your menstrual cycle. Unfortunately it is not ok to not have periods. Long term amenorrhoea can have consequences in many body systems. It is important that we determine why there are issues and then go from there.
Andrea

Nicky Keay Fitness

Menstrual periods are a barometer of healthy hormones. The evolutionary purpose of ovulation is to reproduce. Furthermore the carefully biologically choreographed variation of hormones that occurs during an ovulatory menstrual cycle is crucial to health and athletic performance.

Why? Hormones are chemical messengers that have far reaching effects throughout the body and drive the beneficial adaptations to exercise. In the case of menstrual cycles, the fluctuations of oestrogen and progesterone are key to this process. The effects of these sex steroids go far beyond reproduction. These hormones play important roles in bone strength, cardiovascular health, optimal lipid profile and production of neurotransmitters to regulate mood. The effects of low levels of oestrogen and progesterone are well documented in menopausal women who experience loss in bone mass, risk of osteoporosis and fracture, together with an increase risk of cardiovascular disease.

Some definitions

Amenorrhoea=lack of menstrual cycles

Menarche= start of…

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very important article on stress, resilience and the gut microbiota

If ever you doubted the important interactions between the diet, pathogens, the gut microbiota and our own attitude to and skills developed to counter stress then this article shines a light on all these topics of huge importance.

The gut is the first place I explore with almost every client with chronic health issues, because it is usually the start of where many health issues unravel.

stress-induced variations in the gut microbiota can modulate final resilience outcomes, particularly in terms of mental health.”

How science shows that nutrition, the gut microbiota and immunity can improve resilience

 

PEMF for athletes

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Hi folks

Just a reminder nudge that in the clinic healing therapies are available, either hands on (yep, I also do this – its a cool way of listening to see what the body needs in the moment) and also through energy frequencies on the PEMF device.

Here is a super cool article explaining a bit more about the use of and benefits of PEMF to athletes:

ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

Do every thing you can to support your body in its journey to optimal performance.

Success is based on all the small percentages.

Andrea

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Kona headwind; Coaches Corner #44

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Another super Coaches corner podcast; Click here to listen us chat about running etiquette, and answering an athletes question about how to tackle Kona headwinds.

Garron Mosley who will race AG 40-44

As ever the podcast is a fun one!

Here is a link to my youtube playlist from Ironman World championships 2016; there are lots of helpful tips in there for athletes as well as footage of this stunning and special island.

And here is another handy video clip about cycling in the wind

Love you all,
Andrea

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Coaches Corner 43: Cadence, Branched chain amino acids for athletes and more

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Hello all,

click the link here to educate yourself better on today’s topics of cadence in cycling, and BCAA supplements for athletes and a whole lot more…. enjoy the shenanigans

Andrea x

Some helpful links:

International Society of Sports Nutrition Position Stand: protein and exercise

Branched-chain amino acids and muscle protein synthesis in humans: myth or reality?

Leucine: The Muscle-Building Amino Acid Your Body Needs 

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Build a team

It is hugely important, when you are having issues with complex and chronic health problems, to build a team. One that can support you in mind, body, and emotions.

For example, my team are my doctors, Dr Pip Cullen and Dr Tom Pierce whom lately helped me, my osteopath Eoin Flynn, Dee O’Connor energy healer, and Dan Sainsbury tranformational coach. And not forgetting my fitness health where Annchen Clarke of 3YO coaching and and Adrian O’Brien of OBF fitness support me.

My biggest support however is MY SELF, followed in close second by my amazing fiance Garron, my cousin Vikki, my closest friends and family. I believe a support team is crucial at all times for me regardless of where my health is because of the work that I do with people.

Who is in your team? Do you have a team? Please have a listen; especially if you are going through challenges with your health and lets start the journey together towards healing.

love,
Andrea