When you think of exercising, you probably don’t think about it benefiting your gut health, do you? Fact is, exercise isn’t all about the physical benefits, it goes far beyond muscle tone and calories burned! Exercise affects your whole body, including your gut. Professional athletes actually show a much more diverse microbiome than their non-exercising counterparts of similar age and weight.
When you move your body, that helps to stimulate your lymphatic system, the system that helps your body to remove toxins and maintain a healthy circulation. Other ways to stimulate the lymphatic system include massage and dry brushing, but exercise is highly effective and has other benefits like boosting mood and cardiovascular health.
Exercise also helps boost gut flora by modulating it and increasing diversity. It also helps with detoxification and increasing oxygen levels, which can help boost your energy, a common issue for anyone trying to repair their digestion. I’m sure you can relate, too!
When the powerful mood boosting effects of exercise meet those of a healthy microbiome, something awesome happens. We take back our power and realize that feeling food is in our hands!
But let’s face it, when you’re suffering from digestive distress, it’s not exactly enticing to go to the gym or workout really hard. I remember being in the depths of an ulcerative colitis flare-up, in so much pain and drained of energy that going to the gym was literally the last thing I could think about, let alone get up to make myself some soup. So the key here is to pay attention to how your body is feeling and what it needs at the time. Some days you may need some R&R, others you may have enough energy for a brisk walk, a swim, or really anything to get your blood flowing and your heart rate up. Then other days you may be up for a long run or a group cycling class.
The most important thing is just to move in a way that makes you happy and your gut will be happy too.
I’ll be sharing tips like these plus a ton more than I reserve exclusively for clients in my next Love Your Gut program! If you’re interested in getting healthy, restoring your digestion and boosting your energy, then I’d love to see you in this program! Details here: thrivebyfood.com/love-your-gut.
In this program, you’ll get a ton of delicious and satisfying recipes as well as strategies that will help rebuild your intestinal flora.
Also join me over on my free Facebook page where I’m always sharing more information, tips and recipes to help you live a happier, healthier life.
Kristin Thomas is a health coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner specialized in helping women with hormone, digestion, and autoimmune health concerns. Having gone through these health challenges herself, she now helps clients find their own path to complete wellness through practical and natural diet and lifestyle changes.
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