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Help me sort my bowels

Old 07-03-18, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
I'm a gastroenterologist. Most of the serious comments above are pretty accurate.

I get the trots due to anxiety associated with riding. There are all sorts of strategies to combat that. Waking up early and having your motivational coffee works. Imodium works. One tab is fine. For people sensitive to it, the liquid lets you titrate it.

You have to experiment to see how your blood-deprived gut handles input during the ride. I don't like Gatorade or PowerAde. I do better with water and cookies. YMMV.

The response to fiber supplements are inconsistent. You just have to see if they work.

Anticholinergics of any kind are a bad idea at our ages.

The antidiarrheals stay within the gut unless you take massive doses of them, in which case you can get a buzz from them. I've only seen someone do that once.

Having a small packet of hygienic towelettes and a small tube of pramoxine can work wonders on long rides.
Thank you. Good post.
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"Eating a meal causes your body to speed things up and move previous meals more quickly through the intestine. You may be able to control the timing of when you need to poop by controlling when you eat or don't eat before a ride, or possibly with the size of your meal."

This is exactly what I do. All my life I have pooped twice in the am before work or play. I always eat fruits and a bite of chocolate when I wake up and like clock work 45 minutes later I am on the can. 30 minutes after that I am back to the jon to go one more time. Won't go #2 for the rest of the day. One thing to note is I eat a lot of roughage each day, and don't eat much red meat, perhaps once a month at best.
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