Exercise modifies gut microbiota with positive health effects

Recent studies have shown that exercise can have a positive impact on gut health. A new relationship between gut microbiota and physical activity has been identified - although more research is still needed in this area.

Physical activity can help gut health by:

  • Increasing diversity in the microbiome;
  • Improving bacteria ratio; and
  • Increasing microbial diversity in the stool.

Research has shown that low intensity exercise reduces the transient stool time and contact time between pathogens and gastrointestinal mucus. This means that exercise has a protective impact and reduces the risk of colon cancer and inflammatory bowel diseases.

Physical activity is also able to enrich the microflora of the gut, which contributes to reducing weight, obesity related pathologies and gastrointestinal disorders. Exercise also plays an anti-inflammatory action in the gut.

Get more information on research into the effects of physical activity on gut health.