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Get the bowel going with sport
Do you eat a lot of fruit and vegetables? Then you are already doing a lot for a healthy gut. If you also keep yourself fit with a stepper, treadmill and the like, you are also supporting it. As a rule, you will then have less problems with flatulence and constipation, because sport and intestinal flora are directly connected.
We tend to move too little. We sit for many hours at the computer, do most of our journeys by car and an evening on the couch is also cosy. That is not healthy. Sometimes, however, it is enough to break a few cherished habits to do something for your own health. How about walking up the stairs instead of taking the lift or getting on your bike more often? If you exercise for half an hour a day, you will get your bowels moving.
Sport and intestinal flora are partners
More and more studies prove it: The intestine is a mirror of our lifestyle. Good nutrition protects you from complaints and diseases. If you also exercise, you increase the motor function of your intestines. As a result, people who exercise are less likely to experience bloating or constipation.
A US study looked at how exercise helps the gut. For their experiment, the researchers divided mice into two groups – one had a running wheel available, the other did not. Compared to the control group, the stool samples of the active rodents contained more good bacteria that produce short-chain fatty acids that protect against inflammation.
From jogging to swimming: Endurance disciplines are healthy
Regular jogging, Nordic walking, swimming or long walks in the woods can have a positive effect on the microbiome, i.e. on the microorganisms that colonise the intestines. Especially gentle exercise is ideal; high-performance sports, on the other hand, can trigger stress and thus digestive disorders.
Light gymnastics for sporty people
Are endurance runs through the forest not your cup of tea? Then try some light gymnastics. Gentle massages and exercises for the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles also stimulate intestinal activity. For example, you can lie on your back and make cycling movements with your legs. Or you can fold your arms behind your head, pull your legs slightly towards your body and rock your head back and forth like a see-saw.
The advantage: you need little time and no equipment. These exercises are suitable for the home and even the office.
Good gut bacteria provide more energy
Sport and intestinal flora influence each other in a positive way. In fact, the performance of an athlete depends not only on training, physical condition and psyche, but also on the intestinal bacteria. US researchers have demonstrated this using marathon runners and rowers as examples. Why? Good bacteria convert lactates into short-chain fatty acids and these, in turn, increase performance.
A balanced intestinal flora alleviates intestinal complaints
To restore the intestinal flora, a precise analysis of the causes of the imbalance is necessary. With INTEST.pro, BIOMES brings the first complete intestinal flora analysis to the market, which contains individual recommendations for increasing health, well-being and quality of life.
INTEST.pro is a self-test used to collect a stool sample in a familiar environment, which determines the microbial composition, i.e. the number and distribution of the intestinal bacteria.
The balance of the intestinal flora can be supported by taking probiotics or probiotic foods. You can find more information about this on our info page on probiotics.