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Exercise decreases inflammation by changing your gut

By on January 12th, 2018

Exercise changes the gut? How could that be? And so what does that have to do with inflammation?

Let’s first start with a description of the many co-inhabitants we all have in our guts. The microbiome consists of the trillions of bacteria that thrive in our guts and release substances that are active in weight loss, inflammation, and immune responses. In a November 2017 study in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the response of the microbiome was studied when subjects exercise versus when they are inactive.

The subjects gradually increased their exercise from 30 min of easy walking or cycling to 60 min of vigorous jogging or cycling three times per week. After 6 weeks, the gut bacteria exhibited a widespread increase in production of short-chained fatty acids. These fatty acids are known to decrease inflammation in the gut and the rest of the body, prevent diabetes by fighting insulin resistance, and bolster our metabolism. Interestingly, obese subjects showed smaller gains in their microbes producing good fatty acids than leaner men and women. And these changes are independent of the subjects’ diet.

You have to keep it up though! It was shown that the changes in the gut dissipated after 6 weeks of not exercising. Imagine the benefits when we can maintain ideal body weight and partake in consistent exercise!!

Source: Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2017 Nov 20.
Exercise Alters Gut Microbiota Composition and Function in Lean and Obese Humans.
Allen JM, Mailing LJ, Niemiro GM, Moore R, Cook MD, White BA, Holscher HD, Woods JA

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Kamshad Raiszadeh, M.D.

Dr. Raiszadeh's completed medical school at UC San Francisco, orthopedic surgery residency at UC Davis and his Pediatric and Adult Spine Fellowship at the Hospital for Joint Diseases/NYU in New York City. He has 20 years of experience with the broad range of spine surgery including minimally invasive surgery, complex spinal disorders such as scoliosis and kyphosis, and cervical spine disorders. During this 20 years he has noticed a dramatic increase in patients turning to surgery for treatment of neck and low back pain, but many of them not getting their desired long-term result. He therefore became increasingly interested in improvement and standardization of non-operative treatment. By developing the best aspects of non-operative treatment in an atmosphere of empowerment to maximize the body’s own healing capacity, he noticed that many fewer patients required surgery, and the ones who underwent surgery had much better long term results.

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