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Are there any special dietary requirements for female runners?

Whilst it may not be necessary to take any additional supplements, there are some dietary considerations that female runners should be aware of. Low iron stores are common in female athletes. This is because menstruation results in an increased need for iron, in fact perhaps double or even treble the amount of a non-exercising lady.

To combat this you should aim to include plenty of iron-rich foods in your diet such as lean red meat, oily fish, beans, nuts, eggs and green veggies. It’s also a good idea to ensure that you are consuming adequate amounts of calcium to support good bone health.

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