The Surprising Benefit of Exercise

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We all know that exercise is good for us, but if you’re looking for another reason to add more physical activity into your routine, read on!

Gut Microbiome

In addition to supporting heart health, reducing symptoms of depression, decreasing risk of chronic disease, and increasing resting metabolic rate, physical activity may also help to support the gut microbiome.

The gut microbiome is where much of our bodies’ immune system lies. When the “good” bacteria in our gut outnumbers the “bad” bacteria, we are at a reduced risk for obesity, GI-related disorders, and different forms of psychological disorders like bipolar and schizophrenia.

In addition to the type of bacteria present, another key factor in the state of our gut health is the diversity of bacteria it contains. More diverse bacterial profiles are associated with health, whereas less diverse profiles (like those associated with the Standard American Diet) leave us more susceptible to disease.

Exercise and the Gut Microbiome

New research has shown that exercise is another way to help increase diversity in the gut bacteria and support gut health. So even if you’re taking probiotics, eating fermented foods, and doubling up on Jerusalem artichokes, physical activity may be another important key to our gut health.

Other ways that exercise helps to support gut health is through decreasing constipation, supporting a healthy weight, helping to increase insulin sensitivity, and reducing overall inflammation. So many great reasons to get moving!

Here’s the paper if you’re interested in checking it out! To learn more about probiotics and prebiotics, check out this post!

Lots of love,

Shauna