Iron Deficiency

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Iron deficiency and ADHD

Iron is well known for the transportation of oxygen throughout the body as previously discussed, however, the link between iron deficiency and ADHD is not as well understood. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition affecting 12% of school-aged children and a growing number of adults. Impulsive behaviour, hyperactivity and/or inattention are common issues with ADHD. …

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iron and energy production

Iron and energy production

Iron and energy production are integral to sports performance. When it comes to physical performance, many female athletes find themselves caught between balancing dietary preferences and ensuring that iron intake is adequate. This is particularly the case for plant-based athletes or athletes with limited intake of red meat. Intense physical exertion increases the body’s need …

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relative energy deficiency

Relative Energy Deficiency -RED-S

Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport – or RED-S as it is known – is caused when there’s a negative balance between dietary energy intake and the energy output needed to promote optimal health, performance, growth and daily life. Up until 2014 RED-S was referred to as the female athlete triad – disordered eating, menstrual disturbances …

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Iron and thyroid function

Iron and thyroid function

Iron deficiency is one of the most common issues athletes face.  Iron and thyroid health go hand in hand and the effects of exercise on the thyroid gland and hormones are not well understood. Iron and thyroid function  Undiagnosed iron deficiency presents an increased risk of impaired thyroid function. Active women have high-energy lives, managing …

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Mineral testing for athletes

Mineral and heavy metal testing

Mineral and heavy metal testing can help to gain a better understanding of what metals may be impacting on health and what minerals are required to increase to enhance performance and overall health. Optimal nutritional balance is essential for the function of every cell and system in your body.  Obtaining feedback on mineral absorption is …

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Anaemia in athletes

Iron plays a key role of forming haemoglobin in red blood cells necessary in the transportation of oxygen around the body which is essential for everyone and critical for athletic performance. Iron is needed for protein metabolism; collagen and antioxidant synthesis, key enzymes in energy production, muscles, metabolism, DNA and hormone synthesis; and immunity.