I am thankful that I can run, anytime, anywhere. This is something that I do not take for granted because I know from personal experience that not everyone has this liberty. I am lucky enough to not suffer from chronic gastro issues like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or ulcerative colitis (UC), but my stomach is less than perfect. I am prone to stomach viruses, food poisoning, and even just nerves affect my stomach. Thankfully this is not any everyday occurrence and not something I have to worry about on a constant basis like my workout buddy who suffers from IBS.
Running alone can stimulate gastro issues as any runner knows so when someone suffers from a chronic gastro condition it is even harder for them. I ran the NYC Marathon last year and despite practicing my nutritional intake prior to the marathon during my long runs I suffered with stomach issues the entire time. I literally had to stop at a porta potty at least 6 times, which added at least 10 minutes to my finish time. This is a rare occurrence for me, but for sufferers of IBS or UC this can be a constant battle and not just during a run. IBS is a gastro issue that affects the large intestine and commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. UC is a chronic gastro issue that causes inflammation and ulcers of the colon that leads to bleeding, production of pus, diarrhea and severe abdominal discomfort.
After the marathon I knew I needed to get my stomach issues under control. So I did my research and discovered that a daily dose of probiotics could be helpful in managing gastro issues. I have been taking probiotics daily ever since and my stomach is thanking me now. While I won’t say that my stomach issues have completely vanished, they are a thousand times better.
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Do you suffer from chronic gastro issues or any stomach issues? Do you take probiotics?
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