Nutrition Bite - RED-S
March 6, 2019
Want to take a moment to bring awareness to Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S). The International Olympic Committee states "The syndrome of RED-S refers to impaired physiological function including ...metabolic rate, menstrual function, bone health, immunity, protein synthesis, cardiovascular health. The underlying problem of RED-S is an inadequacy of energy to support the range of body functions involved in optimal health and performance."
If you're not giving you body enough energy to support all the things you're asking it to do, somethings going to give. If you're wondering why you're not improving, feel lousy or down, take a look at what you're eating and make sure you're fueling your body. Ask yourself: Am I eating throughout the day? Do I feel excessively hungry often? Am I choosing a variety of nutrient dense foods? Am I trying to cut calories/could I be cutting too many calories? Would I describe my eating habits as 'restrictive'?
The chart below illustrates some of the side effects of energy deficiency.