Tips for avoiding side stitches while you run

If you get side stitches often, try waiting two to three hours after eating before going for a run. That strategy worked the best for 10 stitch-prone men who took part in a New Zealand study. Taking small sips of water or sports drink instead of large gulps can also help. And sports drink seems to inflict fewer stitches than water.

Look for the 'whole' label
Products can claim "rich in whole grains" on the label if they contain 51 percent whole grains and are also low in fat. Regular consumption of whole-grain breads, cereals, rice, and other products can reduce heart disease by 30 percent.

Alcohol and painkillers don't mix
If you usually pop a few painkillers before heading to the nearest bar to celebrate finishing your marathons, stop. Painkillers made from aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, and ketoprofen may cause liver damage or stomach bleeding when combined with three or more alcoholic drinks, especially when you're already dehydrated.

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