Gut Bacteria: Athlete’s Secret to Running Faster
Could an infusion of bacteria from the guts of professional athletes help inactive people to exercise and achieve other strenuous physical activities more easily?
A recent study on marathoners, mice, and their respective intestines proposes its possibility. Findings show that strenuous endurance exercise by human athletes increases the numbers of certain bugs in their microbiomes and that giving those bacteria to mice allows them to run longer.
But the study’s results and implications also opens many questions for researchers, including how fully we understand the intricate effects of exercise on our insides, our insides on exercise, and whether or not we should – even if we can commercialize and provide athletes’ intestinal flora to other people – apply this new discovery and create new health products out of it.
In recent years, of course, scientists, physicians and many experts from the health industry, including pharmacies in Tampa, Florida have become fascinated by the makeup and potential impact of the gazillions of germs living within us.
Accumulating evidence suggests that the composition of these microbes, our microbiome, affects our physical and mental health, weight, the risk for various diseases, and longevity.
Extrapolating from that evidence, some researchers have tried transferring bacteria from people or animals with health traits, such as leanness, into those without, in hopes of also transferring the desired traits.
But results have been mixed. Some experiments have found that obesity-prone mice can avoid gaining weight or lose fat after receiving microbes from lean donors, for example, but people in similar experiments may not.
Meanwhile, we advise everyone to take care of their insides as much as they care for their outsides. Your gut is your shield!