The main symptoms of the female athletic triad include:
Inadequate energy intake from food (this may or may not include eating disorders)
Imbalanced hormones (periods typically stop for a long time)
Poor bone health (osteopenia and osteoporosis)
Feeling cold all the time
Low Self Esteem
Other Mental-Emotional Symptoms
Causes Of Female Athletic Triad
Each of these symptoms occurs when dietary caloric intake is less than the energy used during exercise. Put simply, not enough food eaten coupled with intense exercise leads to weight loss, especially vital fat stores. Athletic Nutrients provides a full spectrum multivitamin and mineral to make up for dietary deficiencies as a result of not enough calories.
As the body losses its vital fat stores, it begins to conserve in other areas by slowing down other functions. Once a woman’s fat reserves reach a certain level (which is different for everyone), it signals the brain to cease reproductive function. This leads to an imbalance in the hormones necessary to become pregnant (estrogen and progesterone) and periods either become irregular or stop altogether. This happens because a certain level of fat is necessary to safely carry a pregnancy. Saliva Testing is an easy way to assess your hormone levels at home if you are concerned about female athletic triad (female triad syndrome).
Estrogen is vital for bone health and when in short supply the bones begin to lose mass quite rapidly. Low bone density coupled with high activity and stress levels of competitive sports lead to high fracture risks in the short and long term in women whose periods have stopped at an early age. A woman’s bone mass peaks in her early 20’s; those who have the female athletic triad may suffer from thin, weak bones the rest of their lives.
Osteo Formula contains all of the nutrients needed to restore and maintain bone health. Vitamin D is essential for bone and immune system health. It helps the body absorb calcium, among other things. Ligament Restore will assist repair and strengthen tendons and ligaments that can become weakened from hormonal imbalances.
Treatment Of Female Athletic Triad
It’s important to have a complete workup by a qualified physician to determine the exact causes of these symptoms, as they can have other diverse causes. Most importantly, however is addressing the main cause which is often inadequate energy intake, or disordered eating.