gut health improve exercise performance

Can a healthy gut improve exercise performance?

The Euros and Olympics have everyone's attention this summer, and for good reason! If you’re a bit like us at myota HQ, you will have been inspired to dust off the gym gear and get moving. But did you know, looking after your gut microbiome is a crucial element in unlocking your sporting potential? Keep reading to learn more!

Caitlin Hall
by Myota Research Team

Whether you're new to training or looking to take your sport performance to the next level, an often-overlooked factor in improving is gut health. Emerging research shows that nurturing your gut with prebiotic fibre can significantly impact your fitness results, helping to enhance endurance, improve recovery times, and boost overall well-being.

Better Nutrient Absorption

Did you know that increasing prebiotic fibre consumption will help you better absorb nutrients? The gut is where vital vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, and iron, are absorbed into the bloodstream. For maximum nutrient absorption, maintaining a healthy gut is crucial. Prebiotic fibre acts as food for beneficial gut bacteria, promoting a balanced and diverse microbiome. 


Quicker Recovery

When we consume prebiotic fibre, it’s fermented in the gut to produce short-chain fatty acids. These are anti-inflammatory compounds, which reduce inflammation in the whole body. For fitness enthusiasts,  managing inflammation is key to quick recovery post-training. Increased intake of prebiotic fibre helps to reduce muscle soreness and inflammation, accelerating the repair process of muscle tissues. This means you can bounce back faster from intense workouts and maintain a consistent training schedule.


Enhanced Immune Functioning

A recent study has found that elite athletes with an increased prebiotic fibre intake had increased immunity markers, and missed significantly less training sessions due to illness across the season. Increasing your prebiotic fibre intake will support your immune system, helping you to show up ready to perform your best. A healthier gut microbiome can enhance the body's ability to fend off pathogens and reduce the risk of infections.


Increased Energy

Prebiotic fibre intake can increase and maintain energy levels by slowing the digestion of prebiotic fibre. This helps to sustain energy by slowing down the digestion of carbohydrates, leading to a more gradual and consistent release of glucose into the bloodstream. This prevents the spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels that can lead to fatigue and decreased performance. 


If you’re looking for a way to maximise your prebiotic fibre intake with minimal effort, try our Metabolic Booster. It’s a comprehensive blend of 8 prebiotic fibres, to ensure your gut microbiome is happy and not holding you back.