Avoid upset stomach during runs by changing your diet

Minor changes in your diet and training schedule may help you avoid exercise-induced diarrhea. First, eat digestion-slowing foods, such as cooked rice with raisins, applesauce, crackers, and tea with lactose-free or soy milk, for your breakfast and mid-morning snack. Run early in the afternoon. After your workout, you can eat whatever you want.

Fruits and veggies for strong bones
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help your bones conserve calcium. As part of the digestive process, your stomach produces acid to break down food. Then your body draws minerals from you bones to neutralize the acids. Fruits and vegetables create an alkaline (the opposite of acid) environment in your digestive tract, so your body uses less of its own mineral reserve.

IOC bans some over-the-counter drugs
The International Olympic Committee has prohibited athletes from using certain over-the-counter drugs because they might promote dehydration or drowsiness or even interfere with coordination, increasing the risk of injury. Among the banned drugs are Actifed, Sudafed, Dexatrim, Midol, and Vicks Inhaler.

Miss a Digest?

Choose your running surface and route with care

Hold your hamstring stretch for at least 30 seconds

Try olive oil or Lycra to stop painful chafing

Time your fluid intake to avoid pit stops

Know when to ice, and when to take the day off


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