Train the gut

Train the gut

Train the gut

You've certainly heard the term "train the gut" or "training the intestine", especially when it involves training, tests and performance. But what does this really mean?
Training the gut means adapting the gastrointestinal system to handle food and fluid intake during intense exercise. The objective is to avoid gastrointestinal problems, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal discomfort, which can affect performance during the test.
Gut training involves strategically consuming foods and drinks during workouts to increase the gastrointestinal tract's ability to absorb nutrients and fluids without causing discomfort or decreased performance. This may include adapting the diet, timing and quantity of food and drink intake, and selecting the types of food and drink consumed.

For example, during training, an athlete may consume carbohydrates in the form of gels, drinks or solids at regular intervals to become accustomed to consuming carbohydrates during competition. Additionally, the athlete can try different types to determine which are most tolerable for their gastrointestinal system. This training should be done gradually, starting with small amounts of food and/or drinks and increasing this intake over time.

In general, it is recommended to start training your intestines a few weeks before an endurance event, such as a marathon or triathlon, for example. The goal is to gradually increase your carbohydrate intake during your workouts so that your body can adapt and improve the absorption of these nutrients.

It is important to remember that bowel training must be personalized according to the needs individual of each person.

In short, training the intestine to compete in a race is an important nutritional strategy that can help improve an athlete's performance, ensuring that they can consume food and liquids during the competition without facing gastrointestinal problems and be able to perform.

And oh, it's worth remembering that it's forbidden to try anything new on the day of the test! Whether it's a new product or a larger quantity of what you've been trained on.

Thanks for reading and happy training!