Don’t feel like exercising? It could be your microbiome
Your gut may help motivate you to exercise. Or it might nudge you to skip your workout.
Which direction you take appears to be influenced by your diet and the health of your microbiome, the name given to the communities of bacteria, viruses and fungi that live in the intestines.
Intriguing new mouse studies show that the makeup of an animal’s microbiome influenced how much it wanted to exercise, in part by sending signals to the animal’s brains. Change a mouse’s microbiome, and you changed whether it felt like moving. … [read more]