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The power of the microbiome — the ecosystem of fungi, protozoans, bacteria, and viruses that live on and in our bodies — to enhance your immune system has a newly discovered mechanism of action: exercise.
The link between physical activity and gut bacteria was first noted two years ago, when researchers published a study on the national rugby team of Ireland, but the study suffered some flaws.
The latest research, however, confirms what the rugby study suggested: We can alter our bacterial structure through exercise.
Specifically, exercising three to five hours a week produces a four-fold increase in bifidobacterium, which boosts the immune system. Another notable finding: Many of the effects were more pronounced in women.