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Exercise May Spur More Varied Gut Microbes, Study Finds
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
TUESDAY, June 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Exercise can increase the diversity of bacteria found in the gut, possibly boosting the immune system and improving long-term health, British researchers report.
High levels of dietary protein might have the same effect, according to their study, published June 9 in the journal Gut.
“Understanding the complex relationship among what we choose to eat, activity levels and gut microbiota richness is essential,” Dr. Georgina Hold, of the Institute of Medical Sciences at Aberdeen University in Scotland, said in a journal news release.
“As life expectancy continues to increase, it is important that we understand how best to maintain good health. Never has this been more important than in respect of our resident [gut] microbiota,” she added.