The Physical Performance Show: Assistant Prof Patrick Wilson (PhD), Sport Nutrition Scientist: The Athlete’s Gut
In episode 231 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Prof Patrick Wilson (PhD), Sport Nutrition Scientist: The Athlete’s Gut in this Expert Edition.
Patrick is an assistant professor of exercise science and directs the human performance laboratory at the Old Dominion University. He earned his PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Minnesota and completed postdoctoral training in sports nutrition at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Patrick has authored more than 40 scientific articles that span the disciplines of exercise science, sports nutrition, and health.
On this episode, Associate Professor Patrick Wilson PhD covers the often unsexy but so necessary world of how to navigate our athletes gut. Patrick recently authored a wonderful book that I feel has a place in every athlete’s library, The Athletes Gut: the inside science of digestion, nutrition and stomach distress.
In this expert edition, Patrick explores gut physiology, gut anatomy, the remarkable trainability of our gut, gut issues and symptoms, what goes wrong and why, the influence of psychology of the athlete on gut function, hydration, fuelling to ensure energy requirements are met and the consequences of being low on energy availability, hydro gel technology with regards to carbohydrate absorption, FODMAPs, salt/sodium loading and ingestion while training and racing and so much more.
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Listen in as we delve into the following:
- Writing the book on Gut Health
- Anatomy 101 of the Gut
- What are some of the gut symptoms that can afflict athletes?
- Common origins of the side stitch
- Important fuelling points for athletes
- The 30-90 gram carbohydrate range
- Fructose/Glucose mixture
- Hydrogel technology
- Fats and proteins
- Sodium intake
- Golden tips around fluid intake
- Trainability of the gut
- Top 3 mistakes
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To follow Dr Patrick Wilson
“It’s a barrier but it also has to let the food in.”
“The gut is a 30 foot long structure (mouth-anus) responsible for digesting & absorbing nutrients.”
“Almost every athlete will have a gut issue at some time”
“Under hydration leads to gut problems and over hydration leads to gut problems.”
“Sweat rates are proportionate to work intensity.”
“Document the problems that provoke the issues.” – Best Advice
“Do some slow deep breathing to see if they help with your gut issues.” – Physical Challenge
2:00 Introduction to Patrick Wilson
4:00 Reason for writing the book on Gut Health
9:29 Anatomy 101 of the Gut
14:00 What are some of the gut symptoms that can afflict athletes?
17:56 Common origins of the side stitch
22:00 Important fuelling points for athletes
31:30 The 30-90 gram carbohydrate range
35:30 Fructose/Glucose mixture
40:15 Hydro-gel technology
46:00 Fats and proteins
49:50 Sodium intake
52:20 Golden tips around fluid intake
57:40 Train-ability of the gut
1:05:25 Top 3 mistakes
1:09:27 Best Advice