There’s nothing worse than trying to get fit while also having a sensitive stomach. There’s nothing like an upset tummy to take the wind out of your sails.
Many people think that treating a stomach spasm involves choosing bland and unhealthy foods, like sugary drinks (think Cola), or white bread, but this isn’t the case. Here are some foods that are gentle on your stomach and will actually help you reach your fitness goals.
If you’ve ever been to a marathon, you’ll have noticed that one of the foods being handed out is bananas. It turns out that running for mile after mile isn’t conducive to proper digestion. In fact, after a long running race, many people feel sick or have an uncontrollable urge to go to the bathroom.
Bananas, it turns out, are very mild on the stomach. They lead to fewer stomach issues for athletes, and they’re also a favorite among elderly patients who struggle to digest regular food. They’re also an excellent source of healthy energy to fuel your workout, and so they’re perfect for fitness fanatics with sensitive stomachs.
Nutritionists say that the average person needs about 30 grams of fiber every day. In ancient times, before processed food, the average person may have eaten upwards of 100 grams of fiber per day. In the modern world, particularly in western countries, many people aren’t even getting 10 grams per day.
This lack of fiber in the diet is believed to be one of the reasons why so many people are suffering from stomach complaints. They’re just isn’t enough material in their bowel for the powerful muscles in their stomach walls to push against, and they go into spasm as a result of all the effort. The results are feeling weak and lightheaded.
Whole grains are a great way to get the fiber your body needs. Each serving of whole grain food contains between 8 and 10 grams of fiber, making it the perfect way to hit 30 grams per day. Just remember, if you’re upping your fiber intake, you’ll need to up your water intake too to preserve bowel motility.
The reasons greens are good for digestion isn’t just because they are full of fiber. It’s also to do with the fact that they are high in magnesium; a mineral that is deficient in most people’s diets. Magnesium is a great tool for cutting down on the amount of hydrochloric acid your stomach produces; reducing the chances of things like acid reflux and stomach ulcers. Nuts, seeds, soybeans and avocados are also very high in magnesium.
Ginger has been used for centuries as a healing agent, but it’s also recently that scientists have collected evidence that it’s great for upset stomachs. It has also been shown to reduce feelings of bloating, as well as nausea in clinical trials. It’s also been shown to provide relief for trapped wind, which can be very painful if serious. Eat ginger whole or in the food you eat to get maximum benefits.
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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.