Do you find yourself with intestinal issues and having to pit-stop at the porta-potty during long distance races? You are not alone! Research shows that gastrointestinal complaints are common among endurance athletes, with 30-50% of athletes experiencing gastrointestinal issues (such as nausea, heartburn, vomiting, abdominal pains and diarrhea) on race day. These gastrointestinal symptoms are usually mild and of no risk to your health, however they are an important factor impairing race-day performance and subsequent recovery.
Here are a few invaluable tips to help prevent race-day tummy troubles:
If you are still having intestinal troubles, seek the help of a certified sports nutritionist to help you with your nutrition strategies and race planning.
Stephanie Jamain | RD, CSSD, M.Sc. (c)