Updated: Dec 21, 2019
Weightlifters are usually confused when I talk about digestion with them. They say things like "Why don't we just get to the important part", "My digestion is fine. I go to the bathroom regularly", "I don't have an digestive issues, so we don't have to work on that".
Digestion is not prioritized. Therefore, results are slow or non existent.
Weightlifters continue to poo once, or less per day.
Weightlifters continue to eat perfectly, with little results.
Weightlifters continue to have low or inconsistent energy despite doing everything "they're supposed to"
When weightlifters are working on their absolute best performance, they have to start with the basics.
Digestion is the BASICS.
You CAN get the most out of what your'e nourishing your body with. You CAN get better results in your performance. You CAN poo more regularly.
Ignoring your digestion is not the way.
If you want the best of the best lifts, the best energy, the best out of your training, then you have to start with digestion.
There are many different reasons that digestive health is important and this answer could be as long as a PhD degree, but I’m going to break down a few important roles:
Digestion (bloating, gas, cramping, fatigue, constipation, diarrhea)
Inflammation health (muscle recovery, skin sensitivity, acne, stress management)
Immune system support (infection, intolerances, allergies)
Cardiovascular health (cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, LDL,VO2max)
Absorption (of your nutrients you ingest/consume-micro and macro) .
How does this relate to athletes and why is it specifically important for you?
The digestive system needs to properly absorb the nutrients and DETOXIFY.
For example, an athlete is working hard to eat nutrient dense foods in order to consume the “perfect” amount and ratio of macronutrients and micronutrients for optimal #performance, however, he/she only notices bloating and continues to have gi distress including constipation, floating poo, and terrible “protein” farts. These are all clear signs of
I encourage you to speak with a dietitian for a total nutrition assessment and start off with your digestive health.
Tip: Watch out for “detox” products claiming to fix your issues with miraculous tea or supplementation alone.
Please speak with your Registered Dietitian first to improve your digestive health.