Exercise improves diversity of healthy intestinal bacteria

We all know that exercise is good for you, but did you know that it’s also good for your digestive and gastrointestinal health? Yes, that’s right…exercise can be like a good dose of probiotic. New research has shown that exercise can actually increase the diversity and abundance of healthy bacteria in the stomach and intestines. Gastrointestinal bacteria are involved in a multitude of processes that take place in our body. They contribute to proper digestion, nutrient absorption, ulcer prevention, and a healthy immune system. Lower levels of bacterial diversity in the gut is associated with reduced health outcomes. Most of us are aware that diet can influence gastrointestinal microbiota, but it’s pretty amazing that exercise can also contribute to a healthy digestive tract. Another reason to get out and active this summer!