Chances are, you have heard the term gut biome mentioned recently. It is a very hot topic of research and there is a lot of excitement in what will be discovered. Okay, sounds promising. But what is it?
Our body is a host for bacteria. Simply put, the bacteria that live in the intestines are called gut biome. The terms microbiome or microbiota are different ways of saying the same thing. Some bacteria have jobs that keep us healthy. Other bacteria are there to challenge our health.
Living in a modern environment is changing which bacteria survive in the gut. The overuse of antibiotics, high levels of stress, lack of sleep and processed foods are upsetting this sensitive balance. This could be why more people are being diagnosed with a variety of diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and Crohn’s disease.
Food is often touted as one of the most effective strategies to re-establish a healthier gut biome. Little was known about how exercise may work. Until now.
A study done at the University of Illinois has reported that changes can be tracked when people switch between active and inactive lifestyles. For this study, the diet remained the same. Higher levels of helpful bacteria were found when subjects were exercising compared to when then were not.
While this is promising, it is too early to know exactly what this means. There are trillions of bacteria to monitor before scientists can determine which of them could improve our health.
In the meantime, there are plenty of reasons to eat healthier and to make exercise a regular part of your day and DHAC is here to help you reach yourfitness and health goals.
Visit our website or give us a call at 781-326-2900 to set up an with one of our Exercise Physiologists.
-Cathy Mullooly, Diabetes and Exercise Consultant at Dedham Health