Happy Marathon Monday! We would like to congratulate all marathon runners who completed the 50th TCS New York City Marathon –including our very own Mara Couto-Rodriguez, Director of R&D.
Have you ever wondered if you could run 26.2 miles? Or watching it from your couch, have you thought about what the runners eat before and after their race to achieve such high performance?
Science has shown that endurance activities almost immediately cause metabolic changes in your body and potentially impact your gut microbiome. Gut microbes can rapidly respond to intestinal metabolites by alteration of specific microbial species. A Nature Medicine paper described increase abundance of Veillonella atypica in marathon runners post race, a species that metabolizes lactate as its sole carbon source. The metabolic conversion of exercise-induced lactate into propionate by this bacterium can enhance athletic performance. They further investigated the effect of V. atypica by gavaging into mice, and interestingly they found an increased treadmill time and improved endurance in the treated mice.
A new study aims to define the microbiome differences in 70 ultra-endurance athletes on vegan or omnivore diets. The results will assess how diet and the related microbiome can affect the performance and adaptability during an endurance race. This study is currently enrolling participants.
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