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Affected by runner's gut? Here's a possible solution

by Robert Britton
Tuesday 23rd August 2016
Tags  Symprove   |   Robbie Britton
Warning, this is mainly an advert for a product that stopped me having to jump into bushes on nearly every run I went on. Runner’s gut is something that afflicts a lot of runners, especially ultra runner who have to eat on the move and keep going for hours and hours, sometimes even days.
I had been gluten free, dairy free, coffee free, alcohol free and working with a great dietician called Renee McGregor for quite some time and over time it seemed that every step forward we took, there was always a set back around the corner, where my stomach would cause mischief in the middle of a track session or half way up a hill. There was very little reason to it.
The only common denominator was my running, which wasn’t going to be given up anytime soon. Runs were planned with toilet stops in mind, sessions interrupted to climb deep into the bushes and general recovery and well-being had to be affected. Even the FODMAP diet we tried wasn’t a success, actually making matters worse and leaving me constantly drained. Very frustrating.
It was actually on an email from XNRG, one of the first race organisers I ran a race with, that mentioned Symprove, a company that operated out of the business centre their race started on. I emailed it across to Renee and she thought it was worth a go and contacted them directly.
Here’s the science bit from Symprove’s website (www.symprove.com):

“Symprove is a water-based multi-strain supplement that contains 4 unique strains of live activated bacteria. These include:  L. rhamnosus, E. faecium, L. acidophilus, and L. plantarum. Normally a healthy gut would already contain all four of these, however when it doesn’t, it can soon become unbalanced.”
Very simply it’s a 60ml drink you take each morning, 5-10 minutes before eating, and it helps balance your gut out. Needless to say, my gut was a little imbalanced.
Sceptical at first, after all the hard work this seemed like a very simple solution, it was only a couple of days before I noticed the difference. Surely it wouldn’t work in a couple of days, this must just be a coincidence and my stomach would be playing up again soon…
Days became weeks and, after the 12 week programme of morning drinks, it was coming to the time to stop using the drink each day. The last 12 weeks had been brilliant and now I could comfortably go out on a run without fear of crapping myself. Sounds silly but this really does improve the enjoyment of running in new places and doing hard sessions in public places.
Symprove did provide me with the free 12 week programme for free, in the hope that I would write something like this, but I wouldn’t be writing this if it hadn’t been a fantastic success. Two ultras since starting with Symprove have actually been run without having to stop for the toilet and one of those was a great win (the other I cocked up with a variety of different reasons). 
If you have stomach issues and it affects your running on a daily basis then I would highly recommend trying Symprove. You buy your first 4 weeks for £79.00 and then when you buy the 2nd 4 weeks they give you the last 4 weeks for free. For how much it has improved my running, and life in general, that’s a bargain.


About The Author

Robert Britton

Robbie is a 100 mile runner who is a member of the Great Britain 24hr Running Squad and Team Centurion and likes to run ridiculous distances as quickly as possible.

To provide enough food to feed a monster running habit, Robbie coaches other ultra marathon runners through www.robbiebritton.co.uk and is also a member of the coaching team at Centurion Running. He likes to dabble with a bit of writing so that others can learn from his mistakes and enjoy the sport as much as he does.

Robbie is also a is a Profeet ambassador.


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