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

More from Natural Awakenings

Colonial Dental Group Wellness Practice

Halifax Dentistry, owned by Dr. Pentti Nupponen, has merged with Colonial Dental Group (CDG), owned by his niece, Dr. Tammy del Sol, known affectionately as “Dr. Tammy”.

The Benefits of a Holistic Healthcare Approach and Functional Lab Testing

Naturopathic doctors utilize functional lab testing that often goes above and beyond conventional labs. Functional lab testing is a tool that allows the provider to develop individualized treatment plans, as well as catch disease in the early stage.

Wellness Connected to Oral and Organ Health

Health can be defined as physical and mental well-being and freedom from disease and pain. Natural Awakenings South Central Pennsylvania asked Dr. Owen Allison, DMD, and Dr. Carol Layton, DMD, to describe the link between oral health and organ health.

Exercise Benefits the Entire Body

Every body system benefits from exercise. To begin with, exercise is great for the heart, lungs, and cardiovascular system in general.

Cats and Grains Don’t Mix

Cats are true carnivores that have no nutritional requirements for carbohydrates and grain.

Add your comment: