In this month’s video Lynnwood Naturopathic Doctor Brian Orr from the Interactive Health Clinic has a summertime tip for you.

Summer is a great time to start exercising.

The weather’s nice and people feel motivated to get outside and move around.

There are lots of benefits of exercising, but one that’s lesser known is how good exercise is for your microbiome.

Your Microbiome and Exercise

One recent study in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise showed that six weeks of jogging changed both the relative abundance of different bacterial species as well as alterations in the activity of genes within each individual microbe.

Changes to your Microbiome

Overall, these changes in the microbiome lead to widespread increases in short-chain fatty acids; which are substances that decrease inflammation, fight insulin resistance, and increase metabolism.

These changes in short chain fatty acids could contribute to some of the broader health benefits of exercise, such as its ability to reduce inflammation throughout the body and reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes.

So, as you get motivated to get moving this summer, you’ll be training your microbiome as well as your body.

So get out there and enjoy the summer!