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The Athlete's Gut: The Inside Science of Digestion, Nutrition, and Stomach Distress

The Athlete's Gut: The Inside Science of Digestion, Nutrition, and Stomach Distress


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The Athlete’s Gut is an in-depth look at a system that plagues many athletes. This guide offers a much-needed resource for troubleshooting GI problems.

The majority of endurance athletes suffer from some kind of gut problem during training and competition. Symptoms like nausea, cramping, bloating, side stitches, and the need to defecate can negatively impact an athlete’s performance. Why are gut problems so common during exercise? And what can athletes do to prevent and manage gut symptoms that occur during training and competition?

The Athlete’s Gut makes sense of the complicated gastrointestinal tract and offers solutions to the tummy troubles that keep athletes from enjoying and excelling in their sport. Written by Patrick Wilson, professor of exercise science and registered dietitian, this gut guide for athletes combines the latest research on exercise and the gut with humorous descriptions and relatable stories. Athletes will better understand the inner workings of their own gut and will be equipped to make the needed changes to diet and exercise to perform—and feel—better.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948007108
Publisher: VeloPress
Publication date: 05/12/2020
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 322,867
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Patrick Wilson, PhD, RD, is an associate professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University and has published over 45 original peer-reviewed scientific articles primarily focused on the relationship between gastrointestinal conditions, diet, nutrition, and exercise. He is a registered dietitian and has a PhD in exercise physiology. He continues to teach while serving as Director at the ODU Human Performance Lab, a fitness-testing and exercise-science research facility.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Gut Function and the Effects of Exercise

1: Gut Anatomy and Physiology

2: The Origins of Gut Symptoms

Part 2: Nutrition and the Athlete’s Gut

3: Energy

4: Carbohydrate

5: Fat

6: Protein

7: Fluid and Hydration

8: Sodium

9: Training the Gut

10: Dietary Supplements

Part 3: Psychology and the Athlete’s Gut

11: Stress and Anxiety

12: Managing Stress and Anxiety

Appendix A: Gastrointestinal Disorders

Appendix B: Medications Affecting the Gut




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