When it comes to the health of our gut, exercise is something that is often underestimated. And that is because the diet has a much more direct connection with gut health than exercise. However, the power of exercise in maintaining our gut health can also not be underestimated.
That is because it certainly has both direct as well as indirect connections with gut health. Here we’re going to tell you about 6 ways exercise can help improve your gut health. Let’s get started:
#1. It curbs stress
It’s well known that exercise is a stress buster. But what’s not very well-known is the fact that stress is a major trigger for the symptoms of IBS, and therefore by curbing it we can manage our IBS symptoms as well. Therefore, the first way in which exercise helps your gut health is by curbing the stress.
#2. It increases microbes responsible for the production of SCFAs
Short-chain Fatty Acids, of SCFAs in short, help our gut in preventing inflammatory diseases, obesity, type 2 diabetes and a whole lot of other problems. It has been found in studies that regular exercise increases the gut bacteria responsible for producing these acids.
#3. It saves us from Leaky Gut Syndrome
The gut microbiota mostly consists of two bacteria: Firmicutes and Bacteroids. While both are imperative for a sound gut health, firmicutes tend to be more important because they save us from leaky gut syndrome – a situation in which food pieces, bacteria, allergens and other sh*t starts leaking into the bloodstream from the gastrointestinal tract and starts causing infections. Exercise has been found to increase the presence of Firmicutes in our gut microbiota, and that’s how it saves us from Leaky Gut Syndrome.
#4. It’s anti-inflammatory
While in the short term exercise can be inflammatory, in the long-term it’s a very strong anti-inflammatory thing. Several studies (like this one) have found that regular exercises help in curing Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) by reducing inflammatory damage to the gut. The reasoning behind it is that excessive fat in the body produces inflammatory cytokines, which can cause inflation around the gut. Exercise helps in cutting down fat, and that’s how it helps cure gut inflammation.
#5. It improves passage of food through the gastrointestinal tract
While probiotics are the best to facilitate smooth passage of food, exercise can also help in achieving that. A study conducted at the University of Gothenburg found that moderate exercises when done on a regular basis help improve the passage of food through the gastrointestinal tract. The smooth passage means less bloating and pressure on abdominal walls.
#6. It reduces pain
Last, but certainly not least, exercise also helps reduce sensitivity of intestines to pain. This study conducted at the University of California found that yoga and other moderate exercises (even walking is an exercise) help reduce pain and overall symptoms of IBS. The more active you’re, the less pain you’ll feel due to IBS.
So these are the six ways in which exercise can help improve your gut health. There’re many other ways too, but these are the most common ones among them. It has rightly been said that exercise affects almost every aspect of our health, so you should not wait to include some light exercises into your lifestyle for better gut health. Do that today and give a better life to your gut health!