The #Bodybuilding Life – Stomaching the reflex
Everyone at some point in their lifetime has experienced a stomachache or nausea. Now, imagine having to deal with those symptoms and more on a daily basis.
I used to have a stomach of iron where I could eat anything without having any issues except bloating due to eating too much. Hot sauce was my condiment of choice; especially if it was my grandmother’s homemade island recipe. I couldn’t get enough of that stuff.
A few years ago I started experiencing nausea that could not be explained or cured, stomach pain and burning that put me out of commission. You’ve already read my bio and my recent articles so you can only imagine how unacceptable my stomach issues were to my bodybuilding journey. My coach and doctors went to work doing research and testing to try to figure out what was causing my issues.
Testing showed I had acid reflux and ulcers to which they prescribed me Protonix and Carafate to help with my symptoms. My coach had me experiment with different foods to determine their effect so that we knew which foods to avoid or at least knew what to expect. For instance, white potatoes are an important part of my show prep but they upset my stomach so I have to prepare with medications and other remedies to reduce the negative effects on my digestive system. Below is a list of items that I take on a daily basis, all of which are to prepare my digestive system to receive the foods and supplements I take or to battle the effects of them:
- Aloe Juice
- Digestive Enzyme
Below is the list of items that I use when I’m having an extremely bad day and the above remedies need some assistance.
- Baking Soda
- Stomach Ease Tea
- Peppermint Tea
My daily regimen is extremely important, I’ve run out of things on that list and have gone a day without my complete protocol and I paid the price. So needless to say, I ensure that I have everything for my protocol each day and bring it all with me when I travel so that I can avoid extreme nausea, stomach burning and dizziness.
Part of everyone’s journey – not just a bodybuilder’s journey – is listening to your body and figuring out what works best for you. It took me several years to sort this out and know how to handle the situations where my body betrays me. I encourage everyone that struggles with something to invest the time and energy into figuring out the cause of your ailment and then how to mitigate it.
Remember to be patient with the process, as it does take some time. If you have a similar story you’d like to share or some remedies that you’ve found work please reach out to me as I’d love to hear from you and share your stories.