GUT HEALTH AND THE RELATIONSHIP
TO DIET AND EXERCISE
“Exercise seems to be another important factor in the relationship between the microbiota, host immunity, and host metabolism, with diet playing an important role.” -Dr. Fergus Shanahan, Department of Medicine and Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork, National University of Ireland, Cork, Ireland
A brand new study was published in one of the British Medical Journal’s numerous specialty journals; Gut. Not only did diet and exercise both play an important role in the biodiversity that occurs within a healthy GUT, they found that increased consumption of protein seemed to help as well Hmmmmm. Can anyone say PALEO? Think about it; high Glycemic Index diets may not cause DYSBIOSIS, but they certainly feed it. Interestingly enough, the study’s authors also found that those with better gut health had less INFLAMMATION. Frankly, none of this should come as a surprise.
The study’s conclusions should be taken to heart by all of us. “The results provide evidence for a beneficial impact of exercise on gut microbiota diversity but also indicate that the relationship is complex and is related to accompanying dietary extremes.” Although the “dietary extremes” they are talking about (Low Carb / High Protein), have been ravaged by the media lately; due to its ability to completely CONTROL BLOOD SUGAR, it is what I recommend for most of my patients.