Managing Amenorrhea With A Diet

November 18, 2015

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When a woman has missed three or more consecutive periods (while not being pregnant), she may have secondary amenorrhea.

Amenorrhea can be linked to serious health problems, including endometrial hyperplasia, heart disease, loss of calcium from bones, etc.

Women who suffer from this disease have a higher incidence of stress fractures and possibly long-term problems with osteoporosis. 

Some female athletes suffer from amenorrhea because their energy intake is too low to support their high activity levels.

Amenorrhea should be handled by a doctor, however, there are also some sport nutrition strategies that can help with this situation and thus make recovery much faster.

Eat Adequate Amounts Of Protein

When an athlete doesn’t eat adequate amounts of food, her body burns protein to gain energy, usually from her muscles. This leads to muscle weakening, weaker bones, and stress fractures. If you wish to avoid this, stock your body with more protein by eating more of it.

Don’t Skip Fat

Healthy fat makes for 20-35% of energy intake, Fat also helps the body absorb vitamins, and it provides essential fatty acids. Don’t be scared of healthy fat and consume it for the benefit of your body.

Take A Break From Your Diet

Aim to achieve a natural and healthy weight, that can be calculated by using her age, body composition, and genetics. So don’t fixate on the number on the scale – take a break from your diet, and eat healthy.

Stock Up On Vitamin D

Go outside and soak up the sun! Sunlight on the skin helps produce vitamin D, which is vital not only for our skin but for our whole body as well. If you stay inside all day, make sure to intake vitamin D by eating eggs, mushrooms, and fatty fish.


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