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Female Athletes

Women have been part of the main stream exercise world for some time now. But exercise nutrition, as it pertains specifically to women, is lacking.

In general, the best way to enhance athletic performance, is also the best way to improve long-term health.

Enhancement and prevention go hand in hand.

The goal is to remain young as long in life as possible.

While the principals apply equally to males and females, these pages will focus on females and how they specifically can benefit from this program and how they need to protect themselves from the rigor of intense exercise.

Female athletes will also benefit from botanical hormone modulating and anti-inflammatory herbs.

Self-care is based on stimulating the body’s healing system through intense physical exertion and sound nutrition.

The assumptions made regarding nutrition are based on the demands and needs of metabolically active cells functioning inside healthy athletes. This is in contrast to the minimum requirements established by the USDA which assumes sedentary activity and is therefore inadequate to meet the needs of active women.

There is a new femininity in America; one that encourages women to compete on all levels with men.

In addition to breaking glass ceilings in the workplace, women are working out as much as men are.

This new femininity has produced a vast increase in the number of girls and women participating in organized sports and recreational exercise.

Along with the improved fitness that accompanies an increase in physical activity, exercise also improves a woman’s sense of identity and self-worth.

Female athletes are more assertive in the workplace, schools and bedrooms compared to non-athletes.

Female athletes now need to be more assertive regarding their own health.

The medical system that was supposed to keep them healthy has failed.

Young girls and women who elect to exercise early in life will reap benefits later in life.

The earlier a female athlete begins to incorporate exercise into their Diet, the more likely they will avoid the chronic diseases associated with aging (arthritis, hypertension and diabetes) as well as delay the onset and consequences of menopause.

Exercise also has a profound effect on brain chemistry.  

The release of beta-endorphins, in response to the stress of exercise, produces the natural high of physical activity and helps females cope with the stress of life.

 

 

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