Is the Secret to Superhuman Performance in Your Gut? | The Swim

Published on October 3, 2018

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“In particular, the scientists found that the athlete’s microbiome is primed for tissue repair and to harness energy from the diet, reflecting the significant energy demands and high cell-turnover evident in elite sport. Thus, the state of physical fitness is not limited to the athlete alone; it appears to also include conditioning of the microbiota.”

The High-Performance Secrets Inside Athletes’ Guts
“[Climber Alex] Honnold’s gut has way more Prevotella than the average American’s. Some research has connected high levels of this genus to intense exercise, but Hyde thinks the bug—which turns complex carbs into energy—likely thrives because of his vegetarian diet.”

Endurance exercise and gut microbiota: A review
“Reviewed literature supports the hypothesis that intestinal microbiota might be able to provide a measureable, effective marker of an athlete’s immune function and that microbial composition analysis might also be sensitive enough to detect exercise-induced stress and metabolic disorders.”


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