Women's Health

Beat the Burn

Nausea, heartburn, indigestion? Upset stomach? Diarrhea? Sounds a lot like, yes, the Pepto-Bismol commercial (ugh, so catchy). This symphony of symptoms also brings to mind one of our favorite activities here at Women’s Health: exercise. Wait, what? Despite its mental and physical benefits, of which there are plenty, working out can also wreak havoc with your gut.

“These activity-induced GI troubles are self-limited—meaning they shouldn’t continue after you’ve properly treated them in the moment or stopped the exercise,” says Kathryn McElheny, MD, a sports med attending

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