In this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at how exercise may change gut bacteria and increase endurance.
A recent study showed that runners who finished the 26-mile Boston Marathon had an increase in the colon bacteria called Veillonella, which may have helped them to run faster and longer.
How does Veillonella bacteria increase your endurance?
The time it takes to bring oxygen into muscles will determine how fast a person can run. The faster you bring oxygen to the muscles, the faster and longer you can run.
The more intense your workout, the less oxygen you get and the greater the accumulation of lactic acid in your muscles. Lactic acid makes your muscles and bloodstream acidic and passes to your colon cells.
Veillonella are a strain of bacteria in your colon that make the enzymes to break down lactic acid to form another chemical called propionate, which may help you to run faster and longer.
Large amounts of lactic acid cause cell damage and inflammation; however, further tests showed increased Veillonella resulted in lowered markers of inflammation and lessened cell damage.
This evidence confirms that exercise can change colon bacteria to help prevent and treat diseases and prolong lives.
Daily exercise and a healthy diet is a great combination for enhancing the composition of your gut bacteria and ultimately improving your health and well being.
Remember you and your family can be as healthy as can be, and it’s never too soon to start receiving chiropractic care. Your best source for everything health is your chiropractor. It’s never too early or late to see the team at Crossroads Chiropractic. Visit Sharpsburg Chiropractor, Crossroads Chiropractic regularly and make sure your nervous system is functioning 100%.
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