Athletes are considered some of the healthiest people on the planet since they dedicate so much time to training and treating their bodies well. However, while your body may look toned, muscular, and healthy, over-training and strenuous exercise without recovery can create unexpected health conditions. Restorative treatment addresses these problems without interfering with an athlete’s dedication to their sport.
One of the biggest complications of long-term, high-intensity endurance exercises are gastrointestinal issues. Digestive problems in athletes can lead to malabsorption of essential minerals and vitamins that are necessary for complete recovery from exercise.
Training daily and for hours a day taxes a body. Is it implied that too much exercise is a bad thing? Not necessarily, but neglecting to give your body the time it needs to rest, recover, and eat well can lead to poor digestive health.
Gut instability is more commonly referred to as leaky gut syndrome, which essentially means that there is a permeability problem with the intestinal lining. When normal digestive functions are interrupted, it is difficult to fully recover from demanding workouts or major, lengthy athletic events like marathons, triathlons, hockey games, basketball games, and the like.
While leaky gut syndrome is a problem by itself, the condition also leads to chronic inflammation throughout the body. This side effect can create conditions such as:
Each body reacts differently to similar stresses. What all bodies have in common, however, is the need for downtime, restoration, and good nutrition. Keeping these factors in play helps support good digestive health, and good overall health and wellness.
Athletes may be good at taking care of their bodies, but that doesn’t mean they always eat the right things to perform optimally and maintain gut stability. Inflammatory foods need to be replaced with healthier alternatives. Glutamine, probiotics, steamed and fermented vegetables, bone broth soup, aloe juice, raw cultured dairy, grass-fed meats, healthy fats – these are just some of the elements that go into creating a balanced and nutritionally sound diet for the athlete who is suffering from or concerned about leaky gut syndrome.
Nutrition coaching is just one way to maintain good digestive health. The right mix of diet and supplements can work together to minimize elevated gut permeability. But it’s also important to understand why you need to rely on certain foods and minerals to keep your gut operating properly. Leaky gut is a condition in which your intestines allow toxins and undigested food particles into your blood stream. This occurrence is the direct cause of the inflammation throughout your body.
You don’t have to be an athlete to suffer the effects of leaky gut syndrome. Living in a world that is full of poor diet choices, chronic stress, and bacterial imbalances can lead to serious digestive problem like bloating, cramps, gas, and food sensitivities.
The symptoms of leaky gut syndrome also mimic the signs of other health problems. The lack of specific evidence for a certain condition can leave many patients without a diagnosis for their chronic condition. And, unfortunately, they are also left without proper treatment. Restorative treatment is a prescription for better overall health and wellness, but to get to that place, you need a doctor who will take your concerns seriously, hear you out, and really get to the root of the problem you’re experiencing.
In other words, you can be a seemingly healthy-looking adult (athlete or not) but, if you are not feeling right, a practitioner of functional medicine will hear you out and carefully weigh your symptoms to settle on a diagnosis. Your unique set of circumstances, from lifestyle to diet, will indicate the type of treatment that needs to occur to deliver optimum health.
Learn more about restorative treatment, leaky gut syndrome, and the path to wellness from Dr. James Lewerenz and his staff at Longevity Health Institute in Rochester Hills, MI. Contact us to schedule your appointment today.