Exercise Boosts Good Gut Bacteria

Cardio Improves Healthy Microbes




Africa Studio/Shutterstock.com

Cardiovascular exercise improves a person’s healthy gut microbes even without making dietary changes, University of Illinois researchers report. In a study of 32 people, 30 to 60 minutes of exercise three times a week for six weeks boosted levels of healthy intestinal bacteria, especially for lean subjects, and less so for the obese. The healthy bacteria produced short-chain fatty acids that reduce the risk of colon cancer.

“The bottom line is that there are clear differences in how the microbiome of somebody who is obese versus somebody who is lean responds to exercise,” says Jeffrey Woods, Ph.D., a kinesiology professor at the university.


This article appears in the June 2018 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Content

Are Lectins the Reason You’re Not Losing Weight?

Have you tried different diets, but still have trouble losing weight or keeping it off? While other factors such as food sensitivities, environmental toxins, gut health and endocrine problems must be ruled out, for some the answer may lie in plant compounds called lectins

Prevent Surgery with Chiropractic Knee Care

The knee joint will react to forces imposed on it as it transfers forces between the ankle and foot to the hip, pelvis and the spine.

Tips for a Seamless Back-to-School Transition

Getting back to the regular school year routine can be challenging for everyone, especially after a summer full of fun and a break from a structured schedule.

Self-care Tips and Therapies for Lower Back Pain

According to the American Chiropractic Association, lower back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work and the second most common reason for doctor's office visits (upper-respiratory infections takes the number one spot).

3 Rules to Unite Hearts

Relationships aren't what they used to be. We want more connection, a partner in every sense. Most of us want a best friend who sees and hears us.

Add your comment: