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Rethinking Menopause Care: From Hormones to Holistic Health Movement is Medicine

Welcome to the latest episode of the Movement is Medicine Show, where health meets motion in a dance of informative dialogue tailored explicitly for those grappling with muscle and soft tissue concerns. This week, we unpack the mysteries of menopause and its far-reaching effects on musculoskeletal health with Dr. Marci. Together, we dive into critical topics like bone health and why calcium and vitamin D aren't just buzzwords but essentials during perimenopause and menopause. We're busting myths and getting real about gummy vitamins, shedding light on weight training's transformative power, and the dynamism of bone health. The conversation gets deep as we explore the complex landscape of weight loss and nutrition during menopause, emphasizing how these factors affect bone health and overall well-being. But that's not all – we go further, discussing the emotional and physiological changes triggered by declining estrogen, alternative remedies to HRT, and the critical importance of nutrition featuring whole foods and natural sources. So, grab your headphones and get ready for an enlightening session because right here, on the "Movement is Medicine Show," we're reminding you that you’re not alone in this journey – help is available, and your health matters. 00:00 Estrogen receptors impact women's bodies and health. 03:11 Midlife women need help with musculoskeletal complaints. 07:03 Seek a menopause specialist if feeling dismissed. 11:22 Hormone replacement risk for specific family histories. 14:00 Bio identical hormones are FDA approved, safe. 17:35 Weight training important for bone density during menopause. 20:54 Processed foods are bad for health. Choose natural. 22:50 Believe in yourself, it's never too late. 25:56 Personalized medicine is crucial for individual treatment. 28:52 Expressing gratitude for Dr. Marcy's expertise.
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🏃‍♀️💪 Nutrition and Recovery Tips for Athletes 🏃‍♂️💪

As an athlete, it’s important to understand your nutrition needs. In this podcast episode, the speaker recommends that runners use familiar products such as gels, goo’s, beans, and cubes. Avoid trying new products during a race or event, as they may have adverse effects such as bad taste or increased thirst.

It’s also important to have a set mobility routine, especially leading up to the event. This can include using a combination of lacrosse ball stretching and other methods. Spending a little bit more time on mobility during this week can ensure that the body is ready to go.

Sunlight exposure in the morning and later in the day can help regulate your circadian rhythm, leading to better sleep and feeling more rested. Research shows that delaying coffee intake for an hour or two after waking up can improve how caffeine affects your body, resulting in avoiding a crash or delayed effects. Magnesium is recommended as a supplement for better sleep.

Staying hydrated throughout the day can also improve sleep. The speaker has experience with optimizing performance through their sports career in high school and college, but mainly through CrossFit for the past 8 years. They believe there are multiple things people can do to increase their performance and prepare their bodies for an event.

Consider your carbohydrate intake before and during a competition. Consuming complex carbohydrates like sweet potatoes, rice, or quinoa a few hours before an event is beneficial. Simple sugars like fruit or candy are recommended for quick replenishment of glycogen stores during the event, especially in between events like in a CrossFit competition.

Cut down or eliminate alcohol to help improve your sleep. Alcohol is a sleep disruptor that can interrupt your sleep later in the evening. Drinking water instead of alcohol is recommended.

Hydration is important for good sleep. Carb intake is crucial for athletes, especially those participating in high-intensity or endurance workouts. Protein intake also plays a role, with a recommended range of 1-1.7 grams per pound of body weight.

Recovery is essential and should not be neglected. The “big three” in terms of recovery are lacrosse ball, foam roller, and stretching. Lacrosse ball is best for deeper muscle release while foam roller is better for longer-lasting effects. Stretching is best done after dynamic activities like running, lifting, or working out to cool down.

Overall, applying just 50% of the information discussed in the podcast could lead to better competition results. Check out Dr. Tim’s Functional Fitness Workshop for additional resources and guidance. Keep these tips in mind for your next workout or competition! 💪

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