Physical Exercise and Nutrition on the Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Prebiotics and Probiotics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 September 2024 | Viewed by 150

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Laboratory of Physiology, Department of Immuno-Physiology e Pharmacology, Institute of the Biomedical Science Abel Salazar, (ICBAS), School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Center for Drug Discovery and Innovative Medicines (MedInUP), University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
Interests: gatrointestinal motility; intestinal bowel disease; physical exercise; intestinal inflammation; enteric nervous system
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Department of Nutrition, Health Sciences Center, Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa 58051-900, Paraíba, Brazil
Interests: gut microbiota; probiotics; nutrition; arterial hypertension; metabolic disease; translational studies
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Department of Biophysics and Physiology, Center for Health Sciences, Federal University of Piauí, Teresina 64049-550, Brazil
Interests: nutrition and cancer; supplementation; gut microbiota; exercise; translational studies
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Exercise of various intensities, including marathons, triathlons, and cycling competitions, affects the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) by eliciting gut dysmotility symptoms. However, the mechanisms are still unknown. One hypothesis is that the redistribution of blood flow causes gastrointestinal ischemia, mechanical forces, changes in gastrointestinal mucosal activity, neuroendocrine changes, and stress. It is estimated that 30–90% of distance runners presented many symptoms, such as vomiting, nausea, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux, diarrhea, stool bleeding, and more frequent bowel movements. High-intensity exercise decreases gastric emptying, while low-intensity exercise such as walking (at 28, 41, and 56% of VO2 max) and running (at 57 and 65% VO2 max) accelerate it. This Special Issue aims to bring together a collection of papers that evaluate the effects of physical exercise and nutritional approach on gastrointestinal pathophysiology in health and illness. We welcome the submission of manuscripts including, but not limited to, the following topics: exercise, nutrition on gastrointestinal motility and intestinal permeability; microbiota, nutrition, and exercise; exercise, nutrition, and gastrointestinal pathophysiology; exercise, supplemental nutrition, and gastrointestinal pathophysiology.

Dr. Moisés Tolentino Bento da Silva
Prof. Dr. José Luiz de Brito Alves
Dr. Francisco L. Torres-Leal
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  • physical exercise
  • nutrition
  • gut microbiota
  • gut permeability
  • probiotics
  • prebiotics
  • physical training
  • gastrointestinal motility

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