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For athletes, a healthy gut is crucial for optimal performance and well-being. Intestinal complaints due to physical exertion are not uncommon among athletes. Here are some proven strategies to prevent and alleviate intestinal problems during exercise.

Adapt your diet in a targeted manner

Before training or a competition, you should avoid foods that are difficult to digest, high in fat or very high in fiber. Instead, opt for easily digestible carbohydrates that provide energy without straining the gut. Experiment with different foods during training to find out what your body tolerates best.

Optimize the fluid balance

Sufficient fluid intake is essential to avoid dehydration – a frequent trigger of intestinal problems. The amount required can vary greatly from person to person and depends on factors such as intensity of exercise, climate and personal perspiration. Make sure you drink enough before, during and after exercise and adjust your fluid intake to your individual needs.

Gradually increase training

A sudden increase in the intensity or duration of exercise can overstrain the gut. A gradual increase helps the body to get used to the strain and reduces the risk of intestinal problems. Listen to your body and adapt your training accordingly.

Stress management

Mental stress can have a negative effect on the gut. Stress reduction techniques such as meditation, yoga or simple breathing exercises can help to support intestinal health. Positive mental strategies not only improve your mental health, but also your physical health.

Probiotics and prebiotics

Probiotics are living microorganisms which, when taken in sufficient quantities, offer health benefits. They support your intestinal health by promoting the balance of the intestinal flora. Examples are fermented foods: yogurt, kefir, skyr, sauerkraut, etc. Prebiotics, on the other hand, are food components that are fermented by the intestinal bacteria and promote the growth or activity of a limited number of bacteria in the large intestine, which improves health. Examples include whole grain products, bananas, honey, asparagus, etc. A balanced intake of both can promote the well-being of the gut.

Prevention and alleviation of leaky gut

In addition to the intake of probiotics and prebiotics, strengthening the intestinal wall is crucial to prevent leaky gut syndrome. Special dietary supplements, such as the volcanic mineral PMA zeolite(PANACEO SPORT PURE), can help to rid the intestines of harmful substances and strengthen the intestinal wall. This not only supports intestinal health, but also helps to maintain the mineral balance.

Recognize individual triggers

Every body reacts differently to stress and food. It is important to identify individual triggers of intestinal complaints and to adapt nutrition, training and, above all, regeneration accordingly. If problems persist or are severe, it is advisable to consult a doctor to rule out or treat serious illnesses. By following these tips, you can support your gut and improve your athletic performance and general well-being. A healthy gut is a strong ally on the way to top athletic performance.