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Dr. Stoll - Question about exercise and nausea

Posted by Daisy on April 15, 2002 at 13:18:43:

Hi Dr. Stoll
I'm about 3 weeks into training for a 150-mile long one-day bike ride in mid-July. I'm a new biker in that I only started in seriously last summer. I basically biked from May through October last year, took a break for the winter and started back in at the end of March. In the winter, my exercise plan consisted only of walking, yoga, and some indoor bike riding.
Anyway, I did a particularly long and hilly ride this last Saturday to train (40+ miles). About a couple of hours into the ride, I started feeling very nauseous. This was a morning ride, and that morning I only ate some yogurt and a banana. Generally, however, on flat rides, I would feel just fine at this point. My question is, what causes the nausea? Is it over-exertion from the hills (hadn't biked many hills yet this season) or?
I'm 33 years old, in moderately good shape, and I don't have any history of physical illness (heart disease, etc.). I'm not a smoker. I do still have IBS flare-ups from time to time (thus not eating much on this ride since my IBS has been flaring up for a couple of days prior.)
The nausea went away about a half hour after it started. I did drink a lot of water on the ride and the temperature was low (around 50 F).
Thanks very much for your advise,
Daisy



Re: Dr. Stoll - Question about exercise and nausea

Posted by Naya on April 15, 2002 at 21:22:44:

In Reply to: Dr. Stoll - Question about exercise and nausea posted by Daisy on April 15, 2002 at 13:18:43:

I hope you don't mind if I butt in here, but your nausea is probably caused by all that exertion on a relatively empty stomach. It could be a sypmtom of low blood sugar. Do you experience any headache, dizziness or shakiness along with the nausea? You are exerting yourself going uphill much, much more than you do on a flat surface, and so your body needs fuel, more than just a yogurt and a banana. Eat at least an hour and a half before you bike, so you won't feel full and your body will have a chance to start turning the food into fuel for you. Also, try some protein - it takes longer to burn.



Daisy to Naya - Thanks

Posted by Daisy on April 15, 2002 at 21:45:02:

In Reply to: Re: Dr. Stoll - Question about exercise and nausea posted by Naya on April 15, 2002 at 21:22:44:

Hi Naya,
I didn't experience any headache, shakiness, or dizziness - only nausea. In general, I can function pretty well on a empty stomach, which is to say that I normally don't consider myself as having low blood sugar problems.
If I were a little bit further along in my training program, I don't think I would have felt the nausea either. I think it was from trying to do too much too early, but I am curious to know what mechanism it is that causes the nausea in case there's something I can do to help prevent it. At this point, I'm only guessing.
Thanks for your suggestion about the protein. One of the things I need to hone in on is what kinds of foods I can use on long rides that will keep me going, but not make me feel ill from eating. It will be a challenge.
Thanks,
Daisy



Re: Daisy to Naya - Thanks

Posted by Naya to Daisy on April 16, 2002 at 00:38:38:

In Reply to: Daisy to Naya - Thanks posted by Daisy on April 15, 2002 at 21:45:02:

Well, I thought I'd give it a shot. I have blood sugar problems, so I was going by that. But now that I remember, when I use to be able to run as exercise, sometimes I'd get nauseous, too, especially at the beginning. So, I don't know what causes this. Maybe somebody else on the board will have some other ideas. Good luck with your program!

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Re: Dr. Stoll - Question about exercise and nausea (Archive in colon.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on April 16, 2002 at 09:00:37:

In Reply to: Dr. Stoll - Question about exercise and nausea posted by Daisy on April 15, 2002 at 13:18:43:

Hi, Daisy.

My concern is that with your IBS you already have chronically compromised circulation to your gut (IBS). When you do unaccustomed long term exercise in addition to this you further compromise that lack of blood supply.

It MAY be that you will have to take a lot longer to train for something like this OR get rid of the IBS before training at all. See Dr Nichol's book "Optimal Digestion" plus the colon and LGS archives as to how to do that.

Walt



To Dr. Stoll - Thank you

Posted by Daisy on April 16, 2002 at 10:22:55:

In Reply to: Re: Dr. Stoll - Question about exercise and nausea (Archive in colon.) posted by Walt Stoll on April 16, 2002 at 09:00:37:

Thanks Dr. Stoll - I've ordered Dr. Nichols book and I will start reading the archives you recommended. What you say about a compromised blood supply makes a lot of sense to me. Thank you for the insight.
Daisy

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Re: Dr. Stoll - Question about exercise and nausea

Posted by Tina on April 17, 2002 at 16:12:58:

In Reply to: Re: Dr. Stoll - Question about exercise and nausea posted by Naya on April 15, 2002 at 21:22:44:

Hi Daisy,
I remember when I was weight training especially in the beginning, I would get nausea. My trainer told me that when we exert ourselves past what we feel comfortable that happens. He had me eat a lot of protein before I'd workout. Examples: eggs with a little oatmeal. Or he really pushed MetRX or Myoplex shakes and bars along with some carbs such as 1/2 bagel or oatmeal. It helped me. Hope this helps.



Daisy to Tina

Posted by Daisy on April 17, 2002 at 18:59:14:

In Reply to: Re: Dr. Stoll - Question about exercise and nausea posted by Tina on April 17, 2002 at 16:12:58:

Thanks Tina - this helps a lot. : )
Take care,
Daisy

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