Ever find yourself cruising along in a race, only to be hit by a sudden gut punch? No, not from an over-zealous competitor, but from your own body? If so, you’re not alone.

‘Runner’s gut’, officially known as exercise induced gastro-intestinal syndrome, is a surprisingly common issue among distance running athletes – and that’s what we’re unpacking today with sports nutritionist and expert, Gaby Villa. Gaby, founder of Intense Eat Fit, takes us on an incredible journey through the landscape of sports nutrition and gut health, sharing her personal story and how it inspired her mission to help others fuel their bodies for optimum performance. Gaby’s passion for nutrition and helping people is clearly evident when you hear her talk!
In this episode Gaby covers a heap of topics, including the physiological and mechanical factors contributing to gastrointestinal symptoms, carbohydrate intake for endurance athletes, sweat testing, the intricate balance between fueling your body without overwhelming your gut, hydration and sodium intake – a crucial yet often misunderstood aspect of athletic performance – and a whole lot more.  
We discuss the case of Donna Urquhart, ultra runner, physiotherapist, and pain scientist, who is attempting a world record run of 1300km over 30 days in the coldest, windiest and driest desert on earth. Gaby explains the logistical factors that the harsh environment will have on her nutrition and hydration.

We wrap up the conversation with a look at sweat testing, a potentially invaluable tool for athletes looking to optimize their nutrition strategy. Join Gaby as she details the often-overlooked link between gut health and athletic performance – you might just find that it’s the missing piece in your fitness puzzle.

 Whether you’re a professional athlete, a recreational runner, or just someone interested in the complex interplay of exercise, nutrition, and gut health, this episode has so much valuable information for you. So, join Gaby Villa and I on this insightful journey through the world of sports nutrition and gut health. You’ll leave with a deeper understanding of your body’s needs and how to meet them for peak performance