You know that the key to your overall health lies in your gut. You know that a good way to support your gut is to consume more probiotic-rich foods. But did you know that eating sauerkraut, kombucha, and kefir isn’t the only way to nurture your microbiome?
Endurance Exercise Might Be The Key To Your Gut Health
Yep. Recent studies have shown that all you need to do is incorporate more exercise into your daily routine. The studies looked at a small group of overweight women to see what would happen to their gut health when they began to exercise. After pedaling on exercise bikes at moderate intensity for up to an hour, three times a week, for six weeks, researches looked at the level of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microbes in their guts. They asked the participants to continue with their regular diets during this time so that the results would be solely based upon the exercise. After analyzing the participants’ microbial impacts through fecal samples, they found out a surprising fact:
All of the women showed significant changes in their gut health. They each had a decrease in a gut microbe called Proteobacteria, which is often linked to inflammation through the whole body. They also showed an increase of the microbe Akkermansia, which is connected to an enhanced metabolism.
But Don’t Ignore Your Diet
Of course, it’s also important to watch what you eat as well. Studies have shown that diets high in fat, gluten, sugar, dairy, and processed foods can all disrupt the balance of flora in your gut. High-fat diets in particular can change the composition of your gut, and the unhealthy bacteria that develops causes inflammation throughout the entire body. We know that inflammation is linked to a host of diseases, including diabetes, arthritis, cancers, bowel diseases, and cancers.
So you should still try to incorporate as many probiotic-rich foods into your diet as you can, as those will help your gut bacteria to thrive. And as you eliminate foods that are problematic, replace them with better ones. A diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and organic meats is going to go along way to keeping your gut happy.
Although more research in this area is needed, it’s probably still worth it to add some exercise into your weekly schedule. It’s nice to know that there is another way besides changing your diet that can help to heal your gut. Any exercise you do can help to combat the “cheat days,” or weeks, where you’ve consumed more fat or sugar than you would have liked. In other words, the exercise can only help. Get moving. Your gut will thank you.