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Heart Burn and Upset Stomach(4 posts)

Heart Burn and Upset Stomachwerdna
Sep 10, 2002 12:42 PM
Sometimes when I ride very hard (above or near LT) I get really bad heart burn and sometimes an upset stomach. It's not debilitating but it is very uncomfortable. The burning sensation is in my heart area sometimes including my lungs. Also, after extremely hard effots I have had diarhea. I think this could be related to my college diet. Does anyone have opinions?
re: Heart Burn and Upset StomachDoc
Sep 10, 2002 2:07 PM
You are not alone. Gastrointestinal distress is common. I used to not be able to drink enough during a ride to offset dehydration, because I would get HB and an acidy tummy. Now I take a few Tums just before a race or expected hard ride and have a much better condition.

As for as the diarhea, that too is quite common. I find during the riding months, my stools are more loose than the winter months, and during intense rides where I am eating less bulk food and more high-energy foods, the problem is worse. Saw a doc to make sure nothing was wrong and he said no issues. Also, A lot of people drink fluid replacement drinks that have a high percentage simple sugars in them that can cause lower GI distress during efforts.

If you are concerned,see your doc. If it comes and goes only during intense workouts/rides, its probably just your body reacting to the high stress.

Doc Hollywood
re: Heart Burn and Upset Stomachsweetbuns
Sep 10, 2002 2:31 PM
What are you eating? Chances are, the food you are consuming probably doesn't support your activity level. If you aren't already, try to get in as much fruits and vegetables as possible. Eat minimal or no food before a work out and see if you feel better. I've taken a handful of sport and nutrition courses, I am not a pro so you might want to consult a doctor or nutritionist. I am sure you will get a variety of responses here. Lastly, water is SO important, please do not forget to drink before you are thirsty.
re: Heart Burn and Upset StomachBarton
Sep 10, 2002 4:19 PM
I have had the same problem. I am an older rider (58), and this has only started to happen this year. What I do is take some antacids before and during my ride. I also avoid eating large quantities of food before riding. I try to eat small amounts frequently.