Heavy Things Hurt

I found out something last week that I should have known, probably did know, but seemed to forget for some reason. That thing is, when you drop something on your toe, it hurts! It hurts a lot in fact and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

I was helping my Mum move house and lifted a few small boxes, not realizing something was beneath them which happened to fall straight onto my big toe! I was always taught not to swear in front of my parents and that is the closest I have come to screaming out a certain word beginning with “f” and ending in “ck” in front of my Mum. Instead I just screamed and jumped around like an idiot for a minute or so. The worst thing is, I wasn’t able to run for a whole week!

To cut a long story short and get to the point of this story, my toe nail went black instantly, rose up due to all the blood under it and soon became infected resulting in a course of antibiotics. I’m not a big fan of antibiotics, as I believe they are sometimes overprescribed which can lead to many issues which I won’t go into here, but when they are needed, they are needed.

The main reason I only use them if I have to, is the effect they have on your gut health. They attack all bacteria in your body, good and bad and if your gut is depleted of good bacteria, your digestive system doesn’t work to its full potential leading on to other issues including a decrease in your immune system.

So what does someone like me do in situations like this to get my gut health back on track? I like to hit it hard with plenty of good bacteria (pro-biotics, pre-biotics and fermented foods).

Firstly I start with a good probiotics. I love the Metagenics brand, if you can get your hands on them. They are practitioner only (which to me means that they are stronger than the generic brands) but it means you have to be prescribed them by a health practitioner like a Naturopath or similar. If you can’t get your hands on these, look for something with the highest bacteria count. Something like 20 billion bacteria + per capsule/serve will do just fine.

Secondly, there are foods that are naturally high in good bacteria like natural yoghurt. The ones without all the added sugar and fruit concentrates which are pretty close to confectionary. These actually have a negative effect on your gut health as sugar is good food for the bad bacteria. You want to avoid processed sugar as much as you can, but especially when your gut health may be compromised.

But what is better than yoghurt, is foods like homemade sauerkraut, kimchi, kvass, kombucha etc. Foods that usea bacteria culture to ferment over time and create a superfood that will heal just about any gut issue you can think of (well some anyway). Just about every culture through history had their own form of cultured foods. I just did a google search to remind me of some of the names of these things and was surprised to find over 100 different forms of fermented foods. I would stick to the ones I listed as they are some of the best and are so easy to make, with some only taking a matter of a few days to mature.

So the moral of the story is, don’t drop things on your toes and you won’t need this advice!

Run Well

Chris O’Driscoll

P.S. – I have drained all the blood from the toe and can now run. It doesn’t look pretty, but at least I can run with it!

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