Does Your Gut Bacteria Impact Physical Performance?

By Chris Centeno, MD /

Receive a Regenexx® Patient Info Packet by email and learn why it's a superior regenerative solution.

There is nothing that has upended a greater swath of medicine these past few years than studies on the microbiome. We’ve seen everything from your weight to depression tied to the bacteria in your gut. Now a new study again blows my mind by linking a type of bacteria in the gut to athletic performance? Let’s dig in.

What is the Microbiome?

Your microbiome is the community of bacteria that lives in your intestines. There are literally many trillions of these bacteria, of hundreds of different kinds, that live in your gut. These bacteria act as a second immune system and also eat the food you eat. They can also excrete good or bad chemicals.

When your gut microbiome isn’t happy, neither is the rest of your body. We’ve covered many topics over the years that demonstrate the power of our gut microbiome. Here are a few links to these:

Can Gut Bacteria Improve Athletic Performance?

In a  new study, researchers have found that a specific type of bacteria is associated with your capacity for aerobic exercise. This type of bacteria, (Veillonella), may play a role in the conversion of lactate into propionate (a short chain fatty acid). Lactate is a by-product of glucose metabolism, and it is associated with exercise-related fatigue. Veillonella was not found in the microbiome of sedentary people.

For the study, the researchers looked at the gut bacteria of 15 Boston Marathon runners and 10 non-runners.  Stool samples were collected from all study participants one week prior to the marathon and one week following the race. Analysis of the microbiome showed that Veillonella was significantly more abundant in the runners’ gastrointestinal tract after the marathon, and the researchers were able to duplicate their findings when they studied another group of 87 similar athletes.

For the second part of their study, the researchers transferred the specific Veillonella from one of their runners into a group of mice, who then, when given a treadmill test, showed 13% greater improvement when compared to mice whose microbiome was unaltered!

A Gut Reboot to Kickstart a New Year’s Resolution?

Think about this for a minute. If this research holds up, we may see pills one day that contain these bacteria that are used to kick start a new exercise program. Or maybe Triathletes and Marathon runners will load up on them before a race?

The upshot? What we’re finding out about the microbiome blows my mind. Just a decade ago, the idea that the bacteria in your gut could have such wide-ranging impacts on health would have been considered ridiculous. However, here we are!

Category: Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

4 thoughts on “Does Your Gut Bacteria Impact Physical Performance?

  1. Richard L Behr

    Veillonella: It sounds like Veillonella is not commercially available.
    Can it be approximated, in order to improve the “good” bacteria in your gut.
    Thanks
    rich

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Rich,
      Not at this time. These things were administered intra-rectally in the study. For now, a good probiotic and lots of exercise…

  2. Fain Zimmerman

    I’m amazed at the number of doctors in multiple fields that have no education or knowledge at all of the necessity of a healthy microbiome. They prescribe antibiotics without realizing the dire consequences. What should be the course of action to treat infections, such as staph or other bacteria?

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Fain,
      Please see: https://regenexx.com/blog/prp-antibiotic/

Chris Centeno, MD

Regenexx Founder

Chris Centeno, MD is a specialist in regenerative medicine and the new field of Interventional Orthopedics. Centeno pioneered orthopedic stem cell procedures in 2005 and is responsible for a large amount of the published research on stem cell use for orthopedic applications.
View Profile

Get Blog Updates by Email

Get fresh updates and insights from Regenexx delivered straight to your inbox.

Regenerative procedures are commonly used to treat musculoskelatal trauma, overuse injuries, and degenerative issues, including failed surgeries.
Select Your Problem Area
Shoulder

Shoulder

Many Shoulder and Rotator Cuff injuries are good candidates for regenerative treatments. Before considering shoulder arthroscopy or shoulder replacement, consider an evaluation of your condition with a regenerative treatment specialist.

  • Rotator Cuff Tears and Tendinitis
  • Shoulder Instability
  • SLAP Tear / Labral Tears
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Other Degenerative Conditions & Overuse Injuries
Learn More
Cervical Spine

Spine

Many spine injuries and degenerative conditions are good candidates for regenerative treatments and there are a number of studies showing promising results in treating a wide range of spine problems. Spine surgery should be a last resort for anyone, due to the cascade of negative effects it can have on the areas surrounding the surgery. And epidural steroid injections are problematic due to their long-term negative impact on bone density.

  • Herniated, Bulging, Protruding Discs
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • SI Joint Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Pinched Nerves and General Back Pain
  • And more
Learn More
Knee

Knees

Knees are the target of many common sports injuries. Sadly, they are also the target of a number of surgeries that research has frequently shown to be ineffective or minimally effective. Knee arthritis can also be a common cause for aging athletes to abandon the sports and activities they love. Regenerative procedures can be used to treat a wide range of knee injuries and conditions. They can even be used to reduce pain and delay knee replacement for more severe arthritis.

  • Knee Meniscus Tears
  • Knee ACL Tears
  • Knee Instability
  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Other Knee Ligaments / Tendons & Overuse Injuries
  • And more
Learn More
Lower Spine

Spine

Many spine injuries and degenerative conditions are good candidates for regenerative treatments and there are a number of studies showing promising results in treating a wide range of spine problems. Spine surgery should be a last resort for anyone, due to the cascade of negative effects it can have on the areas surrounding the surgery. And epidural steroid injections are problematic due to their long-term negative impact on bone density.

  • Herniated, Bulging, Protruding Discs
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • SI Joint Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Pinched Nerves and General Back Pain
  • And more
Learn More
Hand & Wrist

Hand & Wrist

Hand and wrist injuries and arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and conditions relating to overuse of the thumb, are good candidates for regenerative treatments. Before considering surgery, consider an evaluation of your condition with a regenerative treatment specialist.
  • Hand and Wrist Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Trigger Finger
  • Thumb Arthritis (Basal Joint, CMC, Gamer’s Thumb, Texting Thumb)
  • Other conditions that cause pain
Learn More
Elbow

Elbow

Most injuries of the elbow’s tendons and ligaments, as well as arthritis, can be treated non-surgically with regenerative procedures.

  • Golfer’s elbow & Tennis elbow
  • Arthritis
  • Ulnar collateral ligament wear (common in baseball pitchers)
  • And more
Learn More
Hip

Hip

Hip injuries and degenerative conditions become more common with age. Do to the nature of the joint, it’s not quite as easy to injure as a knee, but it can take a beating and pain often develops over time. Whether a hip condition is acute or degenerative, regenerative procedures can help reduce pain and may help heal injured tissue, without the complications of invasive surgical hip procedures.

  • Labral Tear
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Hip Sprain, Tendonitis or Inflammation
  • Hip Instability
Learn More
Foot & Ankle

Foot & Ankle

Foot and ankle injuries are common in athletes. These injuries can often benefit from non-surgical regenerative treatments. Before considering surgery, consider an evaluation of your condition with a regenerative treatment specialist.
  • Ankle Arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ligament sprains or tears
  • Other conditions that cause pain
Learn More

Is Regenexx Right For You?

Request a free Regenexx Info Packet

REGENEXX WEBINARS

Learn about the #1 Stem Cell & Platelet Procedures for treating arthritis, common joint injuries & spine pain.

Join a Webinar

RECEIVE BLOG ARTICLES BY EMAIL

Get fresh updates and insights from Regenexx delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to the Blog

FOLLOW US

Copyright © Regenexx 2019. All rights reserved. | Privacy Policy

*DISCLAIMER: Like all medical procedures, Regenexx® Procedures have a success and failure rate. Patient reviews and testimonials on this site should not be interpreted as a statement on the effectiveness of our treatments for anyone else.

Providers listed on the Regenexx website are for informational purposes only and are not a recommendation from Regenexx for a specific provider or a guarantee of the outcome of any treatment you receive.