If you want yet another good reason to hit the gym, we’ve got one for you.
Exercise promotes healthy gut flora. 
Your gut is linked to so many aspects of your health, we could write a book on it, but since there have already been many books written on the subject, we’ll just summarize some of the scientific findings for you to make life easier – after all, you’ve got some weights to lift, or a mile or two to run! 
You may already know that eating a pre-biotic diet, supplementing with high-quality papaya seeds or papaya seed extract, and probiotics can also support your microbiome, but exercise does the trick, too.
Your gut maintains an important force against disease, regulates homeostasis in your body, provides nutrients to your cells, participates in the signalling network (called the gut-brain axis), and regulates epithelial cell development which affects your immune system.
And a good hour-long workout, whether it is a swim at the pool, a jog around the neighbourhood, ballroom dance lessons, or the latest H.I.I.T workout are all going to promote those functions in your body.
Regular exercise may even be as important as diet and supplementation to maintain good gut health. 
This results in a chemical cascade. Either our bodies will dump cortisol, norepinephrine and adrenaline, and other stress hormones into our bloodstream or it will release happy hormones like serotonin, GABA, and oxytocin. Some even call the gut the “neglected endocrine system,” meaning that it is more in control of our hormones that we might ever have imagined.
Since higher levels of cortisol are linked to inflammation, and exercise reduces cortisol levels, exercise is like a one-two punch for stress, depression, anxiety, and inflammation.
Summing it Up
If you want great gut health, get plenty of exercise, take probiotics, and use quality gut-supporting supplements. Your whole body will thank you.
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