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Hormones and our human potential with Dr Nicky Keay

In this podcast, Ella Russell talks to Dr Nicky Keay, an honorary clinical lecturer in the division of medicine at University College London.  She lectures and researches in areas of exercise endocrinology, with publications in this field. Nicky’s clinical endocrine work is mainly with exercisers, dancers and athletes, with a focus on relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S) and athletes navigating perimenopause/menopause.

In addition to being the author of the British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine (BASM) online resource. She is also a medical advisor to Scottish Ballet and a keen dancer herself.

With her recent and first book, “Health Hormones and Human Potential: A guide to understanding your hormones to optimise your health and performance”, we couldn’t wait to have her back on the podcast!

Some of the topics covered in this podcast are;

  • What hormones are and why they are so fundamental to our bodily functions.
  • How hormones influence our adaptations to training (or not as the case may be).
  • What can happen when we don’t get the balance of training/climbing, recovery and nutrition right from a hormonal perspective.
  • How do we spot if we’re moving into a state of non-functional overreaching and when this might tip into overtraining syndrome;
  • What can we do if we find ourselves in a state which points towards non-functional overreaching?
  • How can AI help us to identify if we are getting the balance right hormonally.
  • How do our gut microbes use hormones to influence our physical and mental health.
  • What can we do to improve our gut microbiome diversity and when should we do this.

For Nicky’s website check got to:

And to buy her book go to the following sources:

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