“I’m not the only one!” I thought, as I looked at the gaping hole in the shelf of where all the Immodium AD was supposed to be at the local Walgreens. For the past week and inparticular the last 3 days, I’ve had no energy and terrible bouts of diarrhea. As an individual, I know I am susceptible or have experienced fructose malabsorption before, especially after workouts. If I have fructose ie. fruit after a workout, I am guaranteed a trip to the bathroom. It has also occurred regardless of a prior workout. I am usually wrecked for the rest of the day. Apples and honey are the worst. Banana’s don’t affect me the same way, however and seem to process well because of their higher amount of glucose.
Foods with high fructose-to-glucose ratio (NB: Glucose enhances absorption of fructose, so fructose from foods with fructose-to-glucose ratio <1, like bananas, are readily absorbed, while foods with fructose-to-glucose ratio >1, like apples and pears, are often problematic regardless of total amount of fructose in the food
unfortunately, this wasn’t a case of fructose malabsorption. So I googled diarrhea for a week (seriously) and came up with a number of answers, including IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and celiacs disease. All of my symptoms led me to a parasite wreaking havoc on my system. Without going to a doctor and aside from a cork in my ass, the best answers I found were probiotic (yogurts, Kefir, supplements), lots of water and Immodium AD. And then I found this regarding sorbitol and chronic diarrhea. Sorbitol is an artificial sweetener found in diet sodas, chewing gums and lots of other stuff. Word to the wise: don’t sip on diet soda if your tummy aches, something I wish I knew yesterday!
Wow, you had no idea this post would be ALL ABOUT DIARRHEA. Seriously, I didn’t even know how to spell the word before. I do now.
So, back to me at Walgreens. I find the Walgreens generic brand of Immodium AD, there was like 3 left. Done and done. It’s one thing to see a guy walking down Burlingame Ave sipping on I-AD, its another to see him chasing it with pro-biotic pills and greek yogurt. While the yogurt and Kefir helped a ton, the Immodium was the only thing that snuffed the fire out in my belly.
*I made sure to clean the restroom at the gym fully* Please remember to wash your hands!
Today was 800m repeats which will have to be made up tomorrow morning. 2x800m on grass @ 2:28, 3x800m @ 224, 222, 220 on the track, 1x800m @ 228 on grass, 3x800m @ 222, 220, 218. All with 2min rest between. Then 4x200m @ 28 with 130 jog between. After a week of laying low I’m looking forward to getting after it !