Almost everyone has had "THE URGE". You know how bad it feels to be in the middle of a long run and then feel that queasy feeling start in your stomach. You start thinking about where the next bathroom is on your course and hoping that you can hold it until then. Well a year ago a local company tested out a solution here at 26.2 Running Company. Now it is in full production called PREV and we love it. We have seen absolute success in everyone who has tried this product and highly recommend it for any runner who has had any problems with GI distress before, during or after a race or workout. We have compiled a personal experience by one of our employees and then a review of the product itself. Let us know your experience!
Like many runners I have occasionally experienced problems with Athlete’s G.I. Stress or Runner’s Diarrhea during my long runs and speed workouts and needed something to prevent it from happening during races. Anyone that has trained for a marathon or important race knows how important it is to be feeling 100% on race day. The is a brand new product out now called PREV which is an all natural combination of herbal extracts that reduces Athlete’s G.I. stress , diarrhea, nausea and upset stomach. I followed the directions and took one tablespoon of PREV 30 minutes before the start of the Chicago Marathon. Happily I never had a problem with Runner’s Diarrhea or upset stomach during the race. PREV has a pretty mild mint flavor which tastes good. I will definitely be taking it before training runs and races in the future.
-26.2 Running Co. Employee
PREV is a liquid combination of natural herbal extracts specifically formulated to shut down Runner’s Diarrhea before it starts. It brings liberation from the stomach cramping and bathroom breaks that often dictate running schedule, route, and performance. It works great for the pre-race/competition anxiety, nausea, and upset stomach. The smooth mint flavor and thin consistency help PREV to go down easily. It is manufactured by MBi Nutraceuticals, a local company, which has been manufacturing premium nutritional supplements for over 20 years. Prev was formulated and tested on a large number of athletes from many sports over a two year period.
Each of the ingredients in PREV has a special purpose to help calm your digestive tract. PREV is all natural—no chemicals or drugs—just the right combination of herbs and natural flavorings. Chamomile and peppermint have been used for centuries to calm troubled tummies. Modern science, research and development, and extensive testing have combined with experience to produce a formula centered on these tried and true remedies.
· Black Walnut—promotes healthy digestion, helps to balance blood sugar, has anti-bacterial and anti-diarrheal properties, and helps to flush out toxins and pathogens from the body.
· Star Anise—used in Eastern medicine to treat nausea and vomiting, naturally freshens bad breath and soothes the stomach.
· Ginger—calms an upset stomach, naturally freshens breath, relieves nausea and dizziness associated with motion sickness, relieves gas and bloating, anti-diarrheal properties.
· Peppermint Oil—treats symptoms of gas, remedy for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), relieves heartburn, and calms smooth muscles. (Smooth muscles line the gastrointestinal tract.)
· Chamomile—soothes nerves and stomach aches, eases symptoms of IBS, promotes healthy digestion.
· Bilberry—reduces inflammation, improves circulation, antiseptic, anti-diarhheal properties.
Who Needs Prev?
If you suffer from pre-run, during the run, or post-run diarrhea, Prev is the answer.
Sometimes even short distances, especially races or other stressful runs can cause runner’s diarrhea to attack. PREV can prevent the problem if taken before the run, but it can slow the problem down if you’ve waited until after the onset of the cramping to take your PREV.
How Should You Use PREV?
Take PREV just before you run. For those with serious problems, or during especially long or hot runs, you can take PREV mid-race as well. You can use PREV post-run if you suffer from diarrhea after a strenuous workout.
One dose of PREV is just one tablespoon. One bottle holds 12 doses. For most runners, one dose taken thirty minutes before a run will prevent runner’s diarrhea. Some runners who experience severe symptoms will find that one dose will reduce the symptoms but that a second dose mid-run or post-run is needed to completely eliminate the problem.
All of our bodies are unique—and the impact runner’s diarrhea has is different for all of us. If you get an upset stomach there are a few other things you can do to help your tummy out:
-don’t eat in the two hours prior to your run
-hydrate, but not with caffeine or sugary drinks
-reduce fiber intake in the 24 hours before a long or important run
-ease up on dairy in the 24 hours before too—especially if you know dairy upsets your stomach
-figure out the best time to take your PREV, and take it!
How is Prev different from other products?
Unlike other stomach soothing products commonly sold over the counter, Prev does not promote dehydration via diarrhea. No one is completely sure what causes Runner’s Diarrhea. It could be the pre-race anxiety. It could be the physical bouncing around of the digestive tract. It could be different things for different people. Researchers have studied the phenomenon for years and there is an academic of debate on the specific cause. There’s no debate on this though—PREV works. Whatever causes it, don’t let it beat you.
Are you careful about what you put in your body? We’re careful about it too--Each of the ingredients in PREV has a special purpose to help calm your digestive tract. PREV is all natural—no chemicals or drugs—just the right combination of herbs and natural flavorings. Chamomile and peppermint have been used for centuries to calm troubled tummies. Modern science, research and development, and extensive testing have combined with experience to produce a formula centered on these tried and true remedies.
PREV is safe, natural, easy to use, tastes great and additionally, PREV naturally freshens the breath and helps keep “runner’s mouth” at bay. For our review we rate it a 10/10.