Exercise And Protein May Help Good Gut Bacteria Get Their Groove On

Each month, it seems, we discover a new reason to appreciate the billions of bugs hanging out in our bellies. Why? They are far more influential than we ever thought.

As our colleague Rob Stein reported in his Guts And Glory series, the bacteria in our gastrointestinal tracts and on our skin may be doing everything from guiding the workings of our minds to helping us either fend off — or become more predisposed — to certain diseases.

And, as Michaeleen Doucleff has explained, a mix of microbes in our gut may even help us reap the benefits of the health-promoting polyphenols in chocolate. How wonderful!

Now a study, published online in the journal Gut, suggests exercise may give our microbiomes a boost — especially in supporting a rich, diverse mix of different bacteria.

Researchers at the University College of Cork studied a group of 40 rugby players as they trained for the season at a training camp. More @ NPR.

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Ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010.
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