5 Ways To Support Your Gut Health This Summer, From Experts

The lack of contact with nature is an important factor affecting intestinal health. "When we limit our contact with nature, animals and other people, we get a tighter microbiome," says three-time certified doctor and intestinal health expert Zach Bush, M.D., to mbg.

To remedy this, spend more time outdoors – hiking or jogging off the beaten path, touching some trees and plants, getting dirty – to encourage biodiversity.

In addition, exercise outdoors is a double blow for your intestinal health. A 2018 study found that cardio training for 30 to 60 minutes three times a week for six weeks resulted in increased incidence of SCFA-producing microbes, says gastroenterologist Will Bulsiewicz, MD. As a reminder, SCFAs are healing compounds with anti-inflammatory properties by good gut bacteria that help heal the gut and regulate the immune system.

Or, consider meditating outdoors for bonus benefits. "Meditation can positively change the gut microbiome and types of beetles," says integrative physician Vincent Pedre, MD. Authors of a 2017 research report suggest that meditation helps regulate the stress response, thereby suppressing chronic inflammatory conditions and maintaining a healthy bowel barrier function. Against this background, other meditative and relaxing activities (yoga, hiking, running, etc.) can also have a positive effect on the intestines.

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