Getting more from your workouts. It’s what every athlete ultimately wants. And while there are tons of theories floating around Pinterest boards and health journals about the best workout additions, it all boils down to what works best for you. With that in mind, we figured we would throw another theory into the mix. Bacteria. Yup, researchers are now looking to probiotics as a tool for athletes to enhance their workouts.
Build Immunity & Build Better Workouts
Any athlete knows that a strong immune system is central to a stronger self. But here’s a piece of information you may not know. 70% of immune-system cells are located in your gut. That’s kind of a lot.
What It Means
If the majority of the immune system is located in your gut and your workout performance is dependent on your immune system, it’s especially important to nurture these immune cells. A happy gut is a happier body, so be sure you are delivering the nutrients your immune system needs to stay strong.
Probiotics & Your Immune System
In addition to eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, consider adding probiotics to the mix. The reason? “According to Gregor Reid, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Western Ontario, probiotics can help reduce the duration of fatigue after intense exercise,” reported Men’s Fitness.
According to the experts, the way it works is simple.
A multi-strain probiotic works to re-balance your depleted gut microbiome, replenishing it with good microorganisms. With your microbiome restored, the 70% of immune-system cells that live in the gut will become strong and healthier. From there, the results are in your performance after a high-intensity, exhaustive workout that would otherwise leave the body’s immune system compromised. A high-functioning immune system means you can be back to doing what you do best: Training.
The better you train, the better you perform. Probiotics can help you achieve both, researchers believe.