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Gut Microbiome Improves With Exercise

By jeremyc | January 15, 2018

In a new study, the researchers found positive changes occurring in gut microbiome after a 6-week exercise program. This is a significant finding as previous research has linked a healthy microbiome to lower risk of several health conditions.

The human gut contains billions of microscopic organisms, if not more. These microscopic organisms are extremely important for bodily functions and overall health.

However, the positive effects on gut microbiome of six weeks of exercise were not found to be permanent. In other words, one must stay physically active to enjoy the benefits permanently.

In this study, the researchers enrolled 14 individuals who were obese and lead a sedentary life and 18 lean individuals. Before the start of the 6-week exercise, the researchers took sample of gut microbiomes of each participant. The 6-week exercise program involved doing 30-60 minutes of cardio 3 times a week.

When the researchers took the same of gut microbiomes at the end of the 6-week exercise program, they noticed healthy changes in the microbiomes.

Next, the researchers were asked to return their usual sedentary lifestyle for a period of 6 weeks. At the completion of this phase, samples of gut microbiomes were taken again. The researchers noticed that microbiomes were now same as before the start of exercise program.

 

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