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Exercise May Promote Diversity of Gut Bacteria

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  • Gut health is a foundational key for optimal health and wellbeing; from dictating the function of your immune system and psychological processing, to influencing your weight
  • Researchers have found that athletes, who exercise intensely for prolonged periods and eat a high-protein diet, have greater diversity of gut bacteria, which may have immune boosting effects
  • One particular species of bacteria found in greater amounts in the athletes’ gut has been linked to reduced risk of obesity and systemic inflammation
  • In addition to eating an overall more varied diet, including more fruits and vegetables, than the controls, protein accounted for 22 percent of the athletes’ energy intake, compared to 15-16 percent for controls
  • Previous research has shown that average people (non-athletes) who eat a high-protein diet tend to have far less diversity of gut bacteria compared to those who eat less meat

By Dr. Mercola

Gut health is a foundational key for optimal health and wellbeing; from dictating the function of your immune system and psychological processing, to influencing your weight and a wide variety of other health factors.


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