Medical Video: Irritable Bowel Syndrome | IBS | Nucleus Health
Today, more and more people are regularly exercising vigorously and regularly, which is a good thing. However, everything that is done excessively is certainly no longer good. So even if you do exercise too much, if done excessively or for too long, the impact can be bad for your digestive system.
The effect of exercise is too heavy on the digestive system
Based on research, it was found that intense exercise with a period of more than 2 hours can have a negative impact on the digestive system. Excessive exercise can damage cells in the intestine, causing short-term and long-term digestive disorders, according to a team of sports researchers from Australia.
The study revealed that these negative effects can be exacerbated by exercising or running at high temperatures. Research reveals that when exercising heavily or for a long time, damage occurs to intestinal cells. This damage can cause a "leak" in the intestine, which causes bacteria and toxins from the intestines to migrate to the bloodstream, which can cause interference.
In addition, excessive exercise can also cause slow gastric emptying, as well as impaired absorption in the small intestine. Running and exercising in hot temperatures will worsen the condition.
How long does exercise take to be safe for the digestive system?
The effects that occur on the digestive system above generally occur with 60% maximum oxygen level exercise (VO2max) which lasts continuously for 2 hours, with any physical condition. So, it's good to avoid sports with too much intensity or too long periods of time.
In addition, in patients who suffer from digestive disorders, it is better to avoid exercise too heavy or over a long period of time, because it can aggravate the disease. However, researchers revealed that exercise with mild to moderate intensity can be beneficial for people who have a digestive system disorder.
Sports that often cause digestive disorders
Exercise that is quite common triggers digestive disorders including marathon and triathlon, where many people experience digestive disorders such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and exhaustion. Therefore, for those of you who already have digestive disorders, you should avoid this type of exercise to prevent further interference. Or, consult a doctor first before deciding to take part in a marathon.
If you exercise too hard and feel indigestion like nausea or vomiting, stop exercising immediately, consume fluids to prevent dehydration, and take a break.