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Runners: Let’s Talk Gastric Distress


2. The Gravitational Pull

Well now you know, if you’re constipated just go for a quick jog.  The gut is not good at multi-tasking, which means running conflicts with the digestive process as your body is attempting to digest food. A 2008 study published in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, claims that the simple force of gravity can nudge food too fast in the wrong course of direction—putting it on the fast track to elimination station.

In fact, the muscles aren’t so great at multi-tasking either. Running commands certain large muscle groups that take priority over the digestive tract. So while blood is pumped to the hamstrings, quads, and glutes to power each step—it’s being robbed from your digestive system, which becomes sluggish and less efficient.

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