Despite the many health benefits of regular physical activity, athletes are also familiar with the disadvantages of intensive exercise. Endurance and strengths sports have been associated with increased risk of nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, fatigue, mood disturbances, upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) and chronic inflammation. The physical and psychological demands during intense exercise initiate a complex stress response in the athlete’s body that has a profound impact on microbial composition, intestinal permeability, oxidative stress and immune and cognitive responses. The prevalence of stress is believed to be higher in endurance sports such as swimming, cycling or running.
Physiologic effects of stress. Stress leads to altered release/response to neuroendocrine factors, acting directly or indirectly on the gut wall, inducing barrier dysfunction and uptake of damaging substances from the lumen. The resulting inflammation causes disability and increases stress.
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|Reduction of exercise-induced stress|