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Gut Health: Surprisingly Simple

Another unexpected benefit of exercise

Another unexpected benefit of exercise

Have you heard about probiotics? Unless you’ve managed to ignore health news from the last 10 years, I’m assuming you probably have. For those who haven’t, probiotics are good bacteria, usually taken as capsules or powder, that are designed to increase the number of good bacteria in our gut. The reason they’ve become so popular recently is because they continue to surprise scientists with their potential health benefits.

Various studies have listed benefits relating to gut and digestive health, but also to improvements in immune health, eczema, and multiple other conditions, with more studies still in the wings.

The reason I’m writing about them today is that a recently published scientific article has looked into changes in gut bacteria in response to exercise. Yes, you read that correctly. The researchers tracked changes in bacteria in people who were then asked to exercise three times a week for six weeks. They found that in every subject, the makeup of the bacteria changed significantly, then returned to baseline again after ceasing exercise for six weeks. Interestingly, they did this without making any changes to diet.

What I find fascinating about this study is the way that science continues to reveal how simple staying healthy is. Sure, we tend to make things very complicated, but the general rules have not changed in millennia.

Typically, those who are healthiest are still those who eat a good diet made up of simple, unprocessed foods like meat and veggies, and who exercise on a regular basis.

What are your plans this weekend? Why not get out and do some exploring around our spectacular region? Your body will appreciate more than just the view.

To Your Best Health!

Dr Michael Osborne



Allen, J. et al. 2017, Exercise Alters Gut Microbiota Composition and Function in Lean and Obese Humans, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001495


Toowoomba Chiropractor Dr Michael Osborne

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