He worked his legs and back out on his roller and prepared for yet another epsom salt bath. “Nothing ever seems to change and there just has to be a better way to rid of this pain,” Mike thought to himself.
Mike Richardson of Nashville, TN, had been a star soccer player in college but over the course of 10 years he had added almost 30 pounds to his 160 pound frame. It all had happened so gradually (just a few pounds each year according to Mike) and the days where he could eat anything that he wanted were long gone.
March 11, 2016 was the day that changed Mike’s life forever. He went out to a bar with some friends and saw an ex-girlfriend that he hadn’t seen in nearly five years.
For whatever reason, she didn’t seem to know who he was at first, and then beamed a huge smile. She exclaimed, “I didn’t even recognize you! You look…so…different.” Mike knew exactly what she meant and his heart sank.
i FELT LIKE curling up into a ball and CRYING WHEN I LOOKED IN THE MIRROR AND DIDN’T RECOGNIZE THE PERSON THAT WAS STARING BACK AT me.
That’s when Mike decided that he would commit himself to working out and consistently eating right to get back in the shape that he knew he was capable of. Mike’s regimen consisted of a diet full of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins and was void of alcohol, wheat, sugar, and dairy.
Amazingly, the pounds began to gradually disappear at a healthy rate.
Though Mike had always viewed running as punishment with sports, he began to grow an appreciation for cardio and dedicated himself to be the best runner that he could. He loved to get out and explore his surroundings and began to challenge himself to be the best runner that he could be.
However, he soon encountered obstacles and constantly experienced shin splints, PFPS, stress fractures, and random aches and pains.
RUNNING HAD ALMOST BECOME UNBEARABLE AND HE WAS CONSTANTLY IN PAIN.
Cardio was what was helping Mike become his former self but the constant, nagging injuries were preventing him from running consistently. That’s when Mike began to try every solution out there to combat the inflammation that he was constantly suffering from.
He turned to ibuprofen, chiropractors, NSAIDs, and different exercises that he read about in Runner’s World and he experienced varying short-term results. Here he was on the verge of PRing almost every single time he ran but he continued to fall short because nothing really seemed to make the pain go away for good.
IT WASN’T HIS FAULT THOUGH, RUNNING WAS THE CAUSE OF THE INFLAMMATION AND he knew THERE HAD TO BE A WAY TO PREVENT IT.
Mike continued to search tirelessly for anti-inflammatory solutions until his old roommate, Kevin, told him about a product called Fermented Essentials. The power of Fermented Essentials comes from the organic, fermented foods which help fill nutritional gaps and actively fight against the root causes of inflammation.
After adding just one scoop of Fermented Essentials to his morning orange juice, Mike significantly reduced his inflammation within days and he was able to consistently run again. His recovery time skyrocketed and he no longer had to suffer through the chronic aches and pains.
According to Mike, “I’m grateful that I can still [appreciate] my newfound passion without the constant stress on my body. I’m happier, healthier, and I know that if I could get over this hurdle with as low as my self-esteem was at a point; anyone can do it.”