Engaging in daily exercise keeps the body not only looking good, but also feeling good.
But exercise, if taken to the extreme, can have negative consequences. More people are turning toward an active lifestyle, and it’s important for each person to take the time to prepare the body for what lies ahead.
The Study: Blood Poisoning in an Ultramarathon
A study published by the International Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that extreme exercise can actually hurt the body by causing a poisoning of the blood.
Researchers conducted the study by taking blood samples from 17 runners before and after a 24-hour ultramarathon, in which the runners covered 75 to 130 miles.
During the race, gut bacteria from the runner’s digestive tract leaked into the blood. The toxins from the gut bacteria caused an immune response that led to inflammation.
Researchers believed the lack of blood flow to the intestines was caused by the physical trauma that the body experienced during strain caused by participating in the ultramarathon. The effect was severe enough to warrant a comparison to patients who are hospitalized because of sepsis.
However, the study found that well-trained athletes who prepared their bodies had a natural anti-inflammatory response that counterattacked the toxins.
Training the Body to Prevent Blood Poisoning
Even four hours of exercise is dangerous if the body has not yet become acclimated to the level of intensity. Developing a balanced daily routine where the intensity of the physical activity increases over time is the best way to stay safe while exercising.
Extreme exercise can lead to more than just sore muscles, it can actually strain the inside of the body. Before you jump on the treadmill or sign up for an ultramarathon, remember to make sure you’re ready. Pace yourself. Slow and steady wins the race.