Sports Nutrition 238: What’s Up With Maurten, Relieving GI Distress With Breath And Core Work, Luteal Phase Supplements, And More

December 27, 2017


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On this episode of Sports Nutrition with Ben Greenfield:

  • Pregnancy mentions
  • Our thoughts on the new Maurten sports drink.
    • Said to be the world’s most carbohydrate-rich sports drink & big in the marathon and running world.
    • Can you make a drink similar to this at home?
    • The difference in Maurten is that this sports drink is that it’s built on hydrogel technology, which according to their website means that it “converts to hydrogel in the acidity of the stomach. The hydrogel enables a smooth transportation of the drink through the stomach to the intestine where the water, salt and carbohydrates are absorbed.”
  • GI distress and abdominal cramping during the 2017 World Multisport Championships – standard distance duathlon. It never happens in training, only racing and only on the run.
    • Working with a new pre-race and race nutrition protocol.
    • How does a slight cold, barely sleeping and high nerves factor in?
    • For women how does being in the late luteal phase of your cycle factor into race performance?
    • Would it help to start implementing more liquid nutrition to avoid Gi issues from constantly happening?
    • Thinking outside the box: For GI issues consider Paul Chek’s abdominal tension method as well as the “gut smash” coined by Jill Miller.
    • Tawnee recommends some supplements for women to consider taking in the days pre-race if they’ll be in the luteal phase on race day or starting their period.
  • Ben once mentioned pH and using bi-carb to get the system back to an alkaline – could he clarify? is this looking to change blood or GI pH?

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