What makes a good runner? It’s in your guts

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June 26, 2019 - 10:37 AM

Marathon runners take part in a race in Miami Beach in January. MIAMI HERALD/CARL JUSTE/TNS

The secret to a healthier life may lie in the guts of elite athletes.

Scientists who studied marathon runners discovered a type of bacteria that flourished in their digestive tracts. These Veillonella bacteria produce a molecule that helps increase exercise endurance.

The results, published Monday in the journal Nature Medicine, could someday change the way we work out, said microbiologist George Weinstock from the Jackson Laboratory in Farmington, Conn.

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