It isn’t difficult to understand why what we eat affects our gut health. Nutrition is basic and including naturally cultured and fermented foods that provide probiotics is definitely helpful. But how can exercise improve gut health?
A study, just published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, showed that those study participants with the best cardiovascular fitness had a higher firmicutes-to-bacteroids presence in the gut. Researchers now believe that the ratio of these bacteria within the human gut might moderate whether we are obese or lean.
So what does that mean for you? Well first of all firmicutes are associated with the metabolic process that helps prevent bacteria in the gut from leaking into the body. You may be familiar with leaky gut syndrome, when undigested food and allergens get through the digestive tract into the bloodstream which causes inflammation throughout the body. Firmicutes help strengthen the intestinal lining preventing leaky gut syndrome.
This should be important news for you because leaky gut syndrome is considered a “danger signal for autoimmune disease.” Leaky Gut or intestinal permeability is a chronic condition for many people which is linked to numerous symptoms and health conditions including ulcers, IBS, SIBO, Celiac, allergies, arthritis, lupus, MS, Hashimoto’s, chronic fatigue syndrome, thyroid disorders and others.
While this research is only in its beginning stages, it is exciting to learn that exercise and staying physically fit can also benefit gut health, which is linked to overall health and well-being.
Does this encourage you to make exercise a regular, daily activity?
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