http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/artic ... lness.htmlLong periods of intense exercise can change the composition of your gut bacteria, a new study has found.
Most of us are aware that the bacteria in our gut play an important role in digestion. Furthermore, they are known to aid the production of certain vitamins - such as vitamins B and K - and play a key role in immune function.
But increasingly, research is emerging showing how poor gut health is linked to conditions ranging from irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, obesity, childhood asthma, to colitis and colon cancer.
The study is the first to investigate the response of gut microbiome - the term for the population of microbes in the intestine - during military training.
It provides a stark warning for endurance athletes and military personnel.