How do Olympic athletes’ diets and exercise regimens affect their performance … in the bathroom? Olympians-in-training undergo intense and prolonged exercise routines, often accompanied by specific dietary requirements. But studies have shown that these practices — especially in endurance sports, such as marathon running — can have adverse effects on the body and, in particular, on the gastrointestinal (GI) system. Researchers have found that rigorous training can not only lead to nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, among other physical symptoms, but also affect the bacterial communities living in the gut, which can carry additional implications for an individual’s health, experts told Live Science. [The Poop on Pooping: 5 Misconceptions Explained] Perhaps the most extreme — and famous — example of an Olympian experiencing severe gastric distress midperformance is French racewalker Yohann Diniz. While competing in the 50-kilometer (30 miles) walk final at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Diniz collapsed with what appeared to be blood and feces running down his legs — though he still managed to finish the race in seventh place, Business Insider reported. Pain in the gut Gut distress is, in fact, “very common” among endurance athletes, with an estimated 30 to 50 percent of… Read full this story
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