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Bloating, GI Issues and Single Sugar Electrolytes

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Ever found yourself in the final stages of the bike and finding  you have your gut complaining? Or half way into your run and your looking for the closest bush?

If you have ever had this happen to you it sometimes means the end of your race as you planned it. Literally it can have you walking the run and scanning your brain to try and work out what you did wrong with your race nutrition.

The reason I titled this as ‘Single sugar’ is what athletes will often come up with as the problem, and by problem I mean Maltodextrin. Maltodextrin is what makes up most of these single sugar formulas.

But Maltodextrin isn’t the issue here, yes you heard it, it’s actually you that’s the cause of the problem. Well to be correct your gut is the issue.

As most of us do we blame the products or the tools, but this time we have to look back at what you have been doing with that process factory we call the stomach. Issues like bloating, diarrhea and gastric issues can be traced back to what you have done in the months prior to your event and NOT the electrolyte formula you had been handed out on race day.

Rewind the clock, go back to a few months prior to your race, Most of us will say that we trained on the formula that we raced with and had no issues with it.

Stress, we all know that, but what about training stress and GI stress? Most of us know stress as something that happens in the lead up and before the start of a race, but the body goes through a multitude of different stress’s when racing, much more that our hardest simulation.

So back to the gut, how do we fix it?

Speak to the team at Qld Discount Vitamins – Clifford Gardens to find out how to nail your nutrition on race day and have your gut working the way it needs to.



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