Why exercise is good for your gut – BBC News Mundo

  • Roberta Angheleanu
  • BBC Future

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Running or exercising enhances our intestinal microbiota.

Our guts are full of life. Competing for space and food inside our gastrointestinal tract are around 100 trillion bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other single-celled organisms like archaea and protozoa.

Its functions range from helping to ferment the dietary fiber in our food to synthesizing vitamins and regulating our fat metabolism.

They also help protect us from unwanted invaders, by interacting with our immune system and influencing the degree of inflammation in our intestines or other parts of our body.

A lower diversity of these intestinal residents has been observed in patients suffering from obesity, cardiometabolic diseases and autoimmune diseases.

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