What You Need to Know About Runner’s Trots

If you haven’t heard of runner’s trots, you’re not alone.  I actually heard of this term for the first time during Diatab’s press conference.  So what is it and why you should avoid it?  The poster below may give a hint, but do read on.


So what is “runner’s trots?”

You know that uneasy feeling of your stomach just before, during, or after a run?  That is runner’s trots.  It is characterized by cramping, flatulence, diarrhea, or urge to defecate.  It’s not entirely clear what causes them, however there are contributing factors:

  • Physical jostling of intestine
  • Diversion of blood flow
  • Increased transit time of gastro-intestinal tract due to hormonal changes
  • Nutrition factors
  • Stress
  • Pre-race anxiety

For many runners, it is mostly pre-race anxiety but for some others it could be something that they ate (i.e. too much dairy, contaminated food, etc.).  But whatever the reason is, having runner’s trots is quite unpleasant.

There are many things that you can do to avoid having runner’s trots and for the most part it depends on what the cause is for you.  If you can’t pinpoint what it is, there’s a medical way that may give you a peace of mind: taking one (1) capsule of Diatabs an hour before your race.  Note that normally two (2) capsules are recommended when you have an onset of diarrhea but only a capsule is recommended before the race as prevention.  It gets flushed out completely out of your body within 24 hours so you don’t have to worry about constipation after.

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For more information about Diatabs, visit unilab.com.ph.

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