Why Your Gut Bacteria Love Exercise!

I’ve spoken at length about the important, health-sustaining role of diversity as it relates to the various types of bacteria that live with our intestines. In short, diversity paves the way for resiliency.

There are many avoidable factors that work against bacterial diversity – reducing the varieties of bacteria. These include various medications, like antibiotics, artificial sweeteners, and even sugar! Decreased diversity is associated with a variety of conditions including diabetes, obesity, allergy, and any number of inflammatory conditions.

Now, new research shines a positive light on this whole issue by demonstrating a strong association between having a robust, healthy and diverse set of gut bacteria and a person’s level of cardiorespiratory fitness.

As you watch this video, keep in mind that we want to do everything we can to dial up the diversity of our gut bacteria, and it looks like exercise may well be an important way to achieve that goal.

  • Emaho

    Sorry Doc, this is off topic, but I’m alarmed. The National Academy of Medicine is about to appoint a slew of calories in, calories out people to review the science behind the 2015 Dietary Guidelines. See: http://www.nutrition-coalition.org/stop-the-national-academy-of-medicine-from-stacking-the-panel-on-dietary-guidelines-with-government-insiders/

    Where is everyone? Why are the American LCHF gurus not sounding the alarm? Do you guys not remember how we even got the US Congress to spend a million dollars to investigate the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines? Congress members don’t know how our money is being spent. We need to tell them.

    Short story about my Easter ham. Tyler Jones learned to farm by being an intern at Polyface Farm with Joel Salatin. One year Tyler’s Easter hams were confiscated by the USDA. (The reason was due to some miscommunication between the new USDA inspector and the previous one.) As it happened, Joel Saladin gave a talk where I lived and I got to ask him how best to get my ham back and the rest of Tyler’s hams. He said call and write your Congress person. I did that. Sure enough it took only a few weeks and we got all of the hams back.

    Every American LCHF eater should be writing NAM and their Congresspeople. Why is not every American blogger on the Diet Doctor page not commenting and rallying the troops?

    • Ottavia Zeffilini

      1st, glad Tyler got his hams back_although I’ve never heard of piggies called hams_ 2nd, its always miscommunication on some level that gives unneeded troubles_ and 3rd, just seein’-hearin’ Joel Saladin’s name gave me laughing smiles, such the hoot and National Treasure he is, isn’t he !

  • Rochelle

    Great info. My opinion is that exercise is always good. Thank you.

    • David Perlmutter


      • JohnInTheOC

        It seems we have a long way to go. Look at the Blue Zones and those that eat certain fermented foods. They are not all ‘friendly” bacteria and fungi. Most contain a synergistic balance strains of of Pseudomonas, Streptococcus and Candida . Migrated to the wrong area of our body they could be lethal. When I took advanced microbiology (right after man crawled out of the ocean 😉 CICRA PreBeta Dirt) we were taught that there is a black and white (good and bad) bacteria and fungi now it seem obliterating both sided may destroy this delicate balance. Your thoughts Also the resurrecting of the 1947 cancer drug actinomycin D , derived from Streptomyces aureofaciens is very interesting . Dr. Thomas Jessy stating” The spontaneous healing of cancer is a phenomenon that has been observed for hundreds and thousands of years and after having been the subject of many controversies, it is now accepted as an indisputable fact. A review of past reports demonstrates that regression is usually associated with acute infections, fever, and immunostimulation.” Could the 20% of all cancers NOT treated that went into remission be from co existing exposures Streptomyces ? Hopefull to be researched with results from University of Oregon, Reed College and Osaka University in Japan 😉 Will follow… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c62e31d347e1bb44d7906802e04ed4287e2febd02b705679667b17200dbf7c92.jpg

      • d-dectiri

        Perhaps we could wonder about the VO2 as a useful indicator for helping ‘sickies’… instead we’d think that some similar correlation would exist for HBOT (instead of exercise) for patients with complicated symptoms, that preclude such ‘aerobics’ sorts of activity. That would help explain why we would see some gut symptom improvement in our cat-patients (in the rescue) when we let them take hbot (in their carriers) if the hbot-improved respiratory and cardio in some VO2-way. Otherwise the correlation isn’t much use to patients in trouble..

    • Mark

      What I was wondering does the diversity of bugs help the cardio/resp fitness or does the exercise help create a diversity of bugs? What comes first?

      • Rochelle

        As Dr. Permutter said the research shows correlation not causation, meaning the larger the diversity the better the cardio/resp fitness level and vice-versa. So I’d say, and maybe Dr. Perlmutter would have the same opinion, that if you have a great diversity of bugs you naturally will have a better fitness level and practicing will maintain it, in the other hand if you don’t have that diversity and you engage in aerobic exercises this will help to increase your diversity of bugs consequently improving you fitness level. I hope that my answer will be helpful for you.

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