Have you ever been out for a run when nature decided to call? There's some science behind why that happens, as well as a few things you can do to help avoid running into that problem in the future. Photo by Peter Mooney.
Adjua Fisher at Philladelphia Magazine spoke with Dr Christine Meyer to find out why running seems to make our bowels decide to evacuate. It all comes down to two things: Serious runners tend to have a higher gastrointestinal motility (things move through faster), and when you run, your body releases hormones that increase the sensitivity of your intestinal lining (which makes your gut become more easily irritable). Meyer suggests a change in your pre-run diet can help you avoid any problems. Go for complex carbohydrates (like whole grains and vegetables) and protein (poultry, seafood, and some dairy) instead of simple carbs and fatty foods that are high on the glycemic index. It's also a good idea to try and take care of business before you go running, so drink some hot liquids to get things moving. You can learn more at the link below.
Why Running Makes You Poop [Philly Mag]