Training the gut for athletes

I remember that many years ago a review paper was published with the title: Is the gut an athletic organ? It hinted to the fact that athletic performance is very dependent on fuel and fuel delivery is dependent on gut function. Could the gut therefore be a much underestimated organ for athletes? In professional cycling it is sometimes said that a stage race is as much an eating competition as it is a bike race. From marathons and triathlons in particular, we know that fuelling during a race can be problematic as it is not easy to eat and drink whilst pushing the pace in these events. It is very common that athletes report stomach problems in attempt to do so. So the options are fuel less and

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