Ways To Reduce Post-Race Heartburn


Have you ever had the feeling of acid going back to your esophagus while drinking a post-race recovery beverage?

If you answered yes, then you might be suffering from post-race heartburn. Exercise can trigger heartburn, especially if the lower esophageal muscles are too relaxed or too weak to function, making the food or acid in the stomach go back up the esophagus.

Here are some smart ways to reduce post-race heart burn.

Give yourself an hour or two to help your stomach digest heavy meals properly before starting a run. Running with a full stomach can cause stomach upsets and heart burn.

It is also best to perform strength training to condition yourself, as well as your digestive system, before a run.

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If you do need to eat shortly before running, rather than struggling to run on a heavy meal, eat some oatmeal instead. Oatmeal is both high in fiber and highly soluble, making it easier for the stomach to digest prior to a race.

Finally, never forget your hydration fuels to keep your digestive tract well-lubricated.

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2 Responses to Ways To Reduce Post-Race Heartburn

  1. I’ve never thought of this before. Thanks for the tips, I’ll be eating oatmeal before my morning run form now on!

  2. sasharo says:

    Great advise! I am an avid runner and I love the oatmeal idea!

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