How Exercise Helps Improve Your Gut Microbiome

Take care of the bacteria in your gut, and they’ll take care of you.

Our gut bacteria aren't just involved in digestion, they play a role in immunity, mental health, inflammation, and more. Importantly, people with less diversity in their gut microbiome are more likely to have chronic conditions like arthritis and diabetes.

Now scientists are learning that exercise, not just diet, can help keep the good bacteria healthy and take the bad guys out. Over the past decade, research has found that:

  • Exercise may improve the composition of the gut microbiome, independent of diet.

  • Exercising for longer duration, or at higher intensity, may be key to achieving the gut-related benefits. As a reminder, you can easily track your exercise duration and intensity in the Apeiron Life app.

  • The gut microbes of lean people may be more responsive to exercise than that of overweight people.

  • One theory is that exercise boosts the levels of gut microbes that produce butyrate, a short chain fatty acid involved in regulating appetite and supporting brain health.

  • Along with exercise, a healthy diet is still key to good gut health. Eat the high-fiber foods listed in your nutrition program, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and legumes.

Reference: Exercise and the Gut Microbiome: A Review of the Evidence, Potential Mechanisms, and Implications for Human Health