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Digestive type questions

crazycanuck2010-12-13 09:23:24 +0000 #1
I am unsure exactly how to pose the questions I have about "digestive issues" but i'll try.

I can't seem to eat regular porridge or semonlina or gluten free rice porridge without my digestive system working super duper overtime & having to use the loo for a while afterwards. I seem to be ok w toast & vegemite but not toast & jam. I don't drink regular milk & use Oat milk.

Is it normal to have a sensitive digestive system in the mornings?

Does it make a difference in terms of energy if you're doing a long ride if you expel everyting beforehand?

I hope what i'm trying to say makes sense...Perhaps a naturopath might be able to help?


Dogmama2010-12-13 09:35:49 +0000 #2
Do you use caffeine in the morning? Sometimes this gets everything working overtime. In terms of exercising, I'd be concerned about dehydration. Make sure your sports drink has electrolytes.
crazycanuck2010-12-13 09:30:09 +0000 #3
I can't have coffee first thing in the morning and don't make it at home. I have to drink quite a bit o water before even pondering buying a coffee..

Yeup, my drink mixture has electrolytes & doesn't bother my tummy. If I don't have breakfast before I ride in the morning, the drink mixture's ok & have no issues. ( )

I must have one odd digestive system.
ladyicon2010-12-13 10:10:34 +0000 #4
I too have digestion problems in the mornings when I ride. I usually carry Tums with me for really bad days. Try experimenting with different foods and see which one works for you. Good luck.
emily_in_nc2010-12-13 09:39:58 +0000 #5
My digestive system is always unusually - ahem - active before a morning ride. I attribute it to coffee plus a slight case of nerves, which melts away once I get on the bike.

I never have this problem with afternoon rides, which is why I think the caffeine is a major contributor in my case.
OakLeaf2010-12-13 10:07:57 +0000 #6
Do you put anything in the porridge? Salt, butter, fruit, sweetener?
Crankin2010-12-13 10:43:09 +0000 #7
Porridge (oatmeal?) has the same effect on me. So, while it's good for energy before riding, it makes me spend too much time in the bathroom. Since I already "go" at least 3 times in the AM (normal for me) and riding often adds an element of nerves, which adds more bathroom time, I definitely do not eat it before riding.

I have one cup of coffee before a ride, but if it's a long or important ride, i have tea, and have my coffee later in the day. My stomach is extremely sensitive, although no one can give me a specific diagnosis. Mostly, it's in the AM, too. My pre-ride meal (40+ miles) is scrambled eggs, whole wheat toast, and fruit.

I often feel somewhat "off" for the first ten miles of a ride; I think most of this is digestive, so I also need to eat at least part of a Luna bar right before I start, no matter how much I have eaten at my last meal.
huffandpuff2010-12-13 12:41:13 +0000 #8
what a relief to read this - thought I was weird with all the morning bathroom activity I have!One thing I have discovered is that too much acidic stuff in my stomach with the bent over position on the bike gives me horrific heartburn. Eating a few nuts or a few tums generally clears it up but I have to lay off the coffee, tomatoes, etc before I ride if I don't want that to happen. Kind of bad cause I'm a serious caffeine addict!HAd a surprising bad case of heartburn on ride today. First time I have put powerade in my camelbak. Any connection I wonder?



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