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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Motivating the Gut to Walk, to Run

individual - self
humanistic ----------------------------------------------- mechanistic
group- population

"I must go for run again
 - regularly - 
build up the distance to long ..."

*Walk, run, do something ...

On long distance runs:
the body produces lactate -
 a by-product of muscles working
in reduced oxygen.

Guts of marathon runners nurture
colonies of bacteria that
can consume lactate.

The bacteria transform lactate into propionate.
Propionate "has been shown to
increase the heart rate and maximise
 the rate of oxygen consumption,
making it essentially a natural
performance-enhancing drug."
Whipple, p.13.

Scheiman, J. et al. (2019) Meta-omics analysis of elite athletes identifies a performance-enhancing microbe that function, via lactate metabolism, Nature Medicine.
*I'm sure I recall reading in Bortz's 'Next Medicine' stressing the importance of movement to independence.

My source:
Whipple, T. (2019) Gutsiest endurance atheletes have the running bug, The Times, 25 June, p.13.