June 2014

Exercise & "Good Bacteria" in Your Gut

The New York Times in a Wellness Blog, authored by Gretchen Reynolds show the results of research performed Dr. Fergus Shanahan, Professor of Gastroenterology and the Director of the Alimentary Pharmabiotics Center at University College Cork, part of the National University of Ireland. 

Dr. Shahahan studied professional rugby players, normal-weight men who engage in little exercise, and sedentary men who are overweight or obese and found that the pro athletes harbored the greatest diversity of good bacteria  in their GI tracts and higher levels of Akkermansiaceae, a beneficial bug associated with lowered risk of obesity and inflammation.. Although Dr. Shanahan’s results are still preliminary, he noted that it seems likely that any amount of exercise should make your gut more welcoming to “good bacteria". 

To read the entire NY Times Blog, please click on the following link  The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Well blog

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