Exercise: good for the gut

The advantages of exercise are many and varied but one of its lesser known benefits concerns the inside of the gut, not just its outer aesthetics.

Researchers have found that exercise boosts the diversity of gut microbiota, a discovery that is likely to have implications for overall long term health.

Reduced variation in gut microbes has been linked to obesity and other health problems, while increased diversity has been associated with a favourable metabolic profile and immune system response.