I don’t know about you, but I imagine I’m not the only runner who has suffered from GI distress in the past. I rarely suffer with gut problems on the run, but lately I’ve been suffering from a lot of bloating, and I’m almost sure it’s related to marathon training and the stress that comes with it.
So how does running affect our digestive health?
When running we are diverting blood flow away from the GI tract to the muscles, and the longer the run, the longer the GI tract is deprived of it’s usual blood flow. Dehydration and just the simple effect of gravity and bounding around can also impact our digestion. During this marathon training period, I have really been suffering from poor digestion, and a lot of bloating, with things just not feeling right, thankfully Viridian came to my rescue and sent me one of their new digestive health products the Synbiotic Procare.
Synbiotic ProCare is a blend of four well known strains of probiotic Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria, each strain was chosen through a unique process designed to identify the strongest and most clinically effective probiotic strains. It provides 12.5 billion viable good bacteria count per capsule and is dairy-free.
What are the benefits of probiotics?
Our gut is home to an immense population of bacteria. Some 100 trillion bacteria populate the human gut, a number that is 10 times greater than the number of cells in the human body. Are we more bacteria than human?! There are around 400 species of bacteria in the gut. It is critical to the maintenance of human health that a balance is preserved between these species, and this is where a probiotic can help, to reset the balance between good and bad bacteria. By addressing this balance, they can help with digestive health, and also boost the immune system, of which about 70% is housed within the gut.
I’ve taken probiotics before, and they have helped with my hayfever, and I like to take them for an immune boost during marathon training. The Synbiotic Procare and it’s specific strains are most suitable for those with IBS-type symptoms. It sorted out most of my digestive issues within a week or so of taking it, and I’ve already noticed a difference when I’ve stopped taking it. I took 2 capsules a day at night, so the supply lasted just over 2 weeks, although if you take 1 capsule a day it would last a month. I like this product because it doesn’t contain the prebiotic fructooligosaccharide (FOS) which can in some people exacerbate the digestive problems.
I think my digestive issues have been caused by marathon training stress, and as well as trying to get more restful sleep, and incorporating relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation to help with healthy digestion, this product has certainly given me a boost. I will definitely look into using it in future training cycles, to ensure my digestion is in tip-top shape.