Gut health is all the hype lately, as studies have shown that nurturing our “good bacteria” is the best way to enhance our overall health. The probiotics in your gut are good for boosting your immune system, enhancing your brain health, and keeping diseases away.
So we know that it’s important to maintain our gut health, but what are the best ways of doing that? Eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and keeping stress away are great ways of ensuring gut health, but a new study has shown that a healthy heart is one of the best ways to keep your gut strong. Physical exercise, which is an excellent way to promote heart health, may be the way to increase the amount of healthy flora in your microbiome.
Study Reveals The Best Practices For A Healthy Gut
The study involved examining participants stool along with an analysis of their diets and exercise routines. Researchers were looking in the stool for a bacteria ration of Firmicutes to Bacteroides, which is s standard way of measuring gut health. An imbalance of this bacterium is what leads to chronic diseases like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, and even obesity.
The study’s results showed that the people who had the highest level of physical fitness ended up having a higher ratio of Firmicutes to Bacteroides. The higher level of Firmicutes has been shown to prevent bad gut bacteria from spreading to the rest of the body. They also create a strong gut lining that prevents chronic diseases like leaky gut syndrome.
So it’s clear that the best medicine for your gut and overall health is exercise. Making simple changes to your exercise routine – or getting into a routine at all – can go a long way in preventing chronic diseases and making you feel more energized. So how can you go about incorporating exercise into your busy schedule?
The first step is to commit. You need to make the conscious decision to exercise at least a little bit each day or you won’t end up doing it. Come up with a plan that starts small – maybe it’s just 15 minutes of vigorous walking each day – and stick to that plan. You can always increase your workout regimens as you become accustomed to getting at least some physical exercise in each day. Once your come up with your initial plan, it’s important to stay on schedule with it. Consistency is key. In order to form good habits, you have to form them yourself. It’s also a great idea to track your progress so that you can maintain motivation to keep going. Keep a diary of how long you exercise each day, and log any weight loss or stamina increases.
When it comes to choosing a type of exercise, you need to do what works for you. Some people need the environment of a gym in order to get themselves going. But some people prefer the comfort of their own home, whether that’s running on the treadmill or doing yoga in their living room. There are also people who need the fresh air to keep them going. Whether it’s a vigorous walk, a light jog, or a heart-pumping run, getting yourself outdoors can be a great way to get your exercise in and get some good vitamin D.
Get yourself moving and keep your gut health in check!