Exercise is a Novel Promoter of Intestinal Health and Microbial Diversity

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2017 Jan;45(1):41-47. doi: 10.1249/JES.0000000000000096.


Imbalances in the gut microbiota contribute to chronic gut inflammatory diseases. Interestingly, exercise can improve gut health, but generally, little is known about the underlying mechanisms involved. This article represents a conceptual model illustrating exercise's role in diversifying the gut microbiota to improve gut and systemic health.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Diet, High-Fat / adverse effects
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Gastrointestinal Microbiome / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Immunity / physiology
  • Inflammation / physiopathology
  • Intestines / physiology
  • Tight Junctions / physiology