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PROBIOTIC POWER

EXERCISE HAS ENDLESS BENEFITS FOR THE BODY, BUT IT CAN also be a major gut stressor: Anyone who’s had to cut a training session short or sprint to the porta-potty midrun knows that running can cause gastrointestinal distress, especially for people with sensitive stomachs or chronic conditions like irritable bowel syndrome. Experts say that sloshing in the stomach (looking at you, midrun fuel), decreased blood to the GI tract, and a weakened barrier between the intestines and the bloodstream (also known as “leaky gut”) can all be to blame.

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