Treatment and Prevention of Sports Related Diarrhoea

Keeping your digestive health in tip-top condition is essential to making it more resilient to all the potential causes of sports-related diarrhoea. Learn how here.

Runner’s trots will typically clear up by itself within a couple of days. Replacing lost fluids and electrolytes is your best approach to limiting symptoms and making a swift recovery.

Avoid rich foods, including dairy products, sweets, fats and coffee, until your digestive system has made a complete recovery. Instead, opt for mild foods like bananas, potatoes, oatmeal and skin-less baked or boiled chicken. 

When it comes to prevention, keeping your digestive health in tip-top condition is essential to making it more resilient to all the potential causes of sports-related diarrhoea. Good bacteria in your gut can help to manage the impact of hormone changes, anxiety, dehydration and the stimulants in energy drinks.

You could also take some dietary steps to avoid running-induced diarrhoea, including:

  • Not eating anything two hours prior to running
  • Avoiding high-fibre and gassy foods a day or so before a race
  • Limiting your intake of artificial sweeteners and caffeine
  • Drinking plenty of cold fluids before, during and after running

 

 

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