Or rather, a lack thereof.
You are, as they say, what you eat.
I take a bunch of supplements on a daily basis, under the guidance of my doc, and regular bloods. One of those supps is an industrial strength, practitioner-only probiotic. I've been taking it for about 6 months, apart from a short stint in preparation for some gastro testing.
I ran out of them on the weekend. My training has been going well to the point where I am about to step it up, I've been feeling good, and thought yeah, let's see how it goes. It's only a probiotic, so ditching it now when I am going well is probably a reasonable thing to do.
Come Tuesday I had a bunch of symptoms, kind of like chronic fatigue, or a nasty flu virus (without the head cold symptoms), enough to stop my in tracks. Wednesday no improvement and I was getting a bit worried. I hadn't made the connection yet. Then after dinner, after a nap before dinner (yep, I don't do naps unless I am sick) a little memory twanged, and for some reason I decided to throw a bunch of the just out of date regular, health food shop variety of probiotic I had in the fridge, down the hatch. I really don't know why I did it, I just thought it was the thing to do.
Next day (yesterday) I was marginally better, in that the heavy brain fog was lessened, and the aching joints were no longer, but I was exhausted, could barely get out of bed. About mid-morning it clicked: the industrial strength probiotic and the symptoms I had when I last stopped taking them. So I downed another handful of regular probiotics (I even thought of taking the horse's probiotic that is currently in the fridge!) and within an hour or so was feeling more energised. Fortunately we have a friendly health food supplier that will sell the superdooper probiotics without a doctor's "script" and I now have a bottle to keep me going.
It was an interesting "experiment":
1. it showed how much health relies on good gut function
2. it shows that these particular probiotics are actually doing something. What I am not really sure ie helping me digest nutrients better? Mopping up toxins from bad food/bad bugs (yes I have those) in my gut??
3. The mental angst I went through when I realised that I was getting sick all over again
4. The mental angst I went through when I couldn't train, particularly at a point where I was about to step it up because I am/was feeling stronger.
So the moral of the story is you are what you eat!
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