Don’t let traveler’s constipation slow you down during your next race

Traveling can mess up anyone’s digestive system. If you’re an athlete flying to a big race, that can be especially challenging. You don’t want to be at the starting line battling that sluggish feeling caused by occasional constipation. But you may also be reluctant to take an over-the-counter remedy, for fear of needing a bathroom in the middle of the race. Here’s why you should consider Sunfiber partially hydrolyzed guar gum: It has competitive advantages over other fiber supplements.

“Athletes – especially runners – tend to avoid fiber supplements because they don’t want to experience cramps and diarrhea while exercising,” comments nutritionist and exercise physiologist Felicia Stoler, DCN, MS, RD, FACM. “The key to avoiding traveler’s constipation and race-day GI distress is to integrate Sunfiber into your daily training routine. It helps to normalize stool, and it won’t cause the gas or bloating typical of other fiber supplements.” She further cautions that since it is not a laxative, you should not wait until a big event to try it for the first time.

Another benefit to athletes is that Sunfiber assists the body in combating spiked blood glucose levels by reducing the glycemic index of foods. “As most athletes know, better blood glucose management means steadier energy levels.”

Stoler also has advice for those whose minds tend to get into a “zone” during a competition. “Part of the winning edge is technique, but another important key is being able to think clearly, to breathe calmly and to remain focused. If you’re not completely focused on your form and your race, you increase your chances of injuries,” she cautions. “To improve your focus without caffeine or other stimulants, Stoler suggests a pure form of L-theanine called Suntheanine. “It’s been shown to increase focus and concentration without causing drowsiness. It could be your secret advantage on race day.”

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