This October, researchers from all over the world will be teaming up for a first-of-a-kind study on probiotics and the gut microbiome of triathletes at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
The highly competitive field combined with the gruelling conditions on the Pacific island of Hawaii will serve as the perfect venue for this project, which is being led by scientists from Liverpool John Moores, Georgia Southern University, and The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Are gut bacteria the secret to qualifying for the Ironman World Championship?
Our digestive tract contains ~40 trillion bacteria (also known as our gut microbiota) that play an important role in many aspects of our health and wellbeing.
Relevant to athletes, our gut microbiota can influence race performance by regulating energy production and utilisation as well as modifying our risk for gastrointestinal distress (e.g., bloating or nausea).
How to take part in the study
If you are competing at this year’s Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, and would like to get involved, please complete this brief survey: https://forms.gle/fzntinqLBm1aKF9x7.
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