We talk a lot about how nutrition and supplements can improve performance, but what about fixing things that kill our performance? If you have gut issues while training or racing, you’ll know all to well what I’m talking about.

Gut issues are very common with endurance athletes as a result of the stress your training is putting on your body combined with dehydration and lots of simple sugars/carbs during training. All of which compounds as it gets hot outside.

If you have a gut issues, nothing else matters. You have to address these issues first.

The good news is that we have landed on some really interesting protocols for addressing gut issues in the last few years. They don’t work overnight, but after a few weeks (most, not all) of our Feed Athletes start to feel better.

You are welcome to cherry pick just one of three parts of the protocol and see if it works for you and then add in other parts if it doesn’t.

The protocol normally starts with probiotics as that is the most popular category of gut health product used by athletes. But I’m going to start with a newer product that Swiss RX developed aptly named Gut Health.

1) Get rid of the problem at the source.

Like many of you, I had sporadic gut issues and couldn’t get over them for years until I used the Immunoglobulin (IgG) that is in Swiss RX Gut Health. It is like PacMan for your gut, it binds to anything that shouldn’t be in your gut, essentially cleaning out bacteria, viruses, and toxins that might be present.

I used it for 2 to 3 weeks and was a different person afterwards. I haven’t used it since and I haven’t reverted to the gut issues of the past.

A quick point on the Immunoglobulin (IgG) in Gut Health, it is the only dairy free Immunoglobulin on the market. It is the identical ingredient (at a lower dosage) used in the prescription drug EnteraGam used for patients suffering from IBS and other serious gut issues. It is powerful stuff and it worked wonders for me.

Take 4 Capsules at breakfast for 2 to 4 weeks.

2) What is the best probiotic to use?

A few years ago the makers of Sound Probiotic sent our Tour de France team product for the riders (and staff) to use during the race. That year, our team was the only team to make it to Paris without getting sick and having sever digestion issues that plague the other teams.

I can’t say it was the probiotic, but since then, I have been a believer.

Many of us take probiotics daily. The question I posed to Dr. Kevin Sprouse is “which one is the best to use”. His answer was “All of them”. His secret to using probiotics with his professional athletes is not so much which one, but that you rotate them every month or two.

I have picked 4 of the most diverse, and I believe most effective, probiotics on the market with the needs of athletes in mind. I suggest you use one for a month then go to the next one. Here are the 4 we suggest you rotate.

Take 2 to 4 capsules (depending on the brand) in the morning. Rotate brands every 4 weeks.

  1. Does Heat make your gut issues worse?

If you notice that your gut issues flare up when the weather is warm, then you might have a leaky gut issues. The good news is that a daily routine of a L-Glutamine should help solve this issue. The secret is getting enough Glutamine to be effective (most products don’t have enough).

L-Glutamine is like a spackle that you can help seal up the gaps in your gut. We recommend you start with 4g per day for 30 days as a reset. You can take this as capsules, but it is A LOT of capsules, so I recommend the Swiss RX Gut Defense powder that is chocolate mix that provides you 4g per scoop.

After a month, you want to still have a preventive dosage. If you like the Gut Defense Swiss Chocolate flavor, go to 1/2 a scoop. The other option that I use is Total Recovery shakes post-workout that include 2.5g of L-Glutamine, that way I get this preventive dose without having to take another product.

Take 4g of L-Glutamine per day for 4 weeks

Take 2g to 2.5g of L-Glutamine 4 to 5 days per week ongoing.

Let me know how it goes! I love hearing from our athletes when they feel liberated from their gut issues.

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