HOW EXERCISE BENEFITS OUR GUT HEALTH.
Angels, I am excited to bring you this week's guest blog post, written by clinical naturopath Adelaide, who sheds light on the relationship between exercise and our gut health. I really enjoyed learning more about the importance of gut health, and hope you do too. xo
Have you ever heard the term “the gut is your second brain”? Otherwise known as the gut-brain-axis, it is an important connection to our nervous system. Ensuring our gut health is functioning optimally is a fundamental component in maintaining our physical, mental and emotional health.
Often when we think of gut health, it’s easy to assume that this is solely dependent on the foods we put into our body. This however is not the case. You may be surprised to know that exercise is an incredible way to support beneficial gut bacteria to thrive.
Below are 3 reasons why exercise is important for our gut health:
1. daily movement
Enriches the diversity of your gut microbiome and can reduce symptoms in digestive related conditions (e.g. irritable bowel syndrome).
2. nutrient absorption
Supports nutrient absorption, decreases inflammation and increases our overall health and vitality.
3. improved bowel movements
Daily movement = daily stool. Bowel movements are simply a part of life and more importantly, they need to be a part of your daily routine. They are a primary pathway for our body’s to eliminate toxins and help us to identify a number of things connected to our health.
Common signs that your gut may be slightly out of whack are bloating, gas, cramps, irregular bowel movements, fatigue after eating and cravings for all of the ‘wrong’ foods. If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms or aren’t quite sure what to look for, feel free to book in with me to discuss further.
Adelaide is a clinical naturopath located in Palm Beach on the Gold Coast. She combines scientific evidence and traditional knowledge to ensure the best outcome for her clients. Adelaide is passionate about supporting women’s health, detoxification, skin conditions, digestive complaints and mental health. All appointments are available in-person or online.