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Longevity Hacks

An original Inverse series on science-backed tactics to live smarter, healthier, and longer with better exercise, wellness habits, and sleep.

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Exercise
Mind and Body

Scientists recommend 5 minutes of walking to combat your worst habit

Exercise snackies anyone?

Longevity hacks

Feel tired after eating? Try this one easy activity to boost energy and health

Ultimately, any movement is good movement.

Mind and Body

Are you exhausted or just tired? Experts explain the unique condition and how to combat it

Exhaustion isn’t the same as being tired.

Mind and Body

These simple hacks could boost your flu and Covid-19 vaccines’ effectiveness

Eat, sleep, move: It’s all about doing the things that promote a healthy immune system.

Mind and Body

Walking backward could help with back pain — and carry other health benefits

One of the most well-studied benefits of walking backward is improving stability and balance.

Detox

Is antiperspirant bad for you? Dermatologists debunk the persistent fear

Stories about the harms of antiperspirants have been around for decades. But is there any truth to them?

Detox

How often should you wash your hair? A dermatologist cuts through the hype of the "no-poo" movement

Is there any science behind the “no-poo” movement?

Men's Health

Experimental therapy may mimic a key metabolic effect of exercise — mouse study

What if there was a pill that induced the positive metabolic effects of exercise?

Longevity hacks

One powerful breathing technique could boost a key factor for longevity

Do you even IMST, bro?

Mind and Body

Are muscle knots real? An exercise physiologist explains what they really are

Researchers are still trying to figure out the exact physiological mechanisms within the muscle that cause this reaction.

Longevity hacks

This indispensable habit reduces your risk of getting Covid-19

Surprise — an exercise habit protects us against the novel pathogen.

Pet Science

Why is my dog lazy? New research explains the frustrating answer

Heal thyself and you will help your pup.

Longevity Hacks

Research reveals the best way to exercise — and it’s surprisingly simple

Even a minute of lifting is beneficial.

Mind and Body

One type of walking reliably boosts fitness more than any other

Here’s why — alongside a few good reasons to give Nordic walking a try.

Longevity hacks

Exercising only on the weekends has surprising health benefits — study

Don’t be ashamed to be a weekend warrior.

Detox

How much exercise do you actually need?

No matter what you do, the key is consistency.

Eating
HORIZONS

Lab-grown chicken could hit store shelves soon — here's how it tastes

It’s a whole new kind of poultry.

Check, please!

Can spicy foods cure colds? A neuroscientist reveals the encouraging truth

Spicy food does nothing against the rhinovirus, but it can ease symptoms.

Check, please!

Will milk and orange juice curdle and make you sick?

Here's the truth about the breakfast combo.

Innovation

Scientists accidentally created a novel method to make fertilizer more green

A new, porous material could help decarbonize ammonia production.

Science

Use these science-backed hacks to cook the perfect pasta — and save money while doing it

Italians are up in arms over this science-backed pasta hack, but is it actually brilliant?

Check, please!

Do bananas cause headaches? A food scientist peels away the myth

It’s all relative.

Check, please!

This secret ingredient can elevate your hot chocolate, according to science

Cornstarch may not sound appetizing until you taste it in your hot chocolate.

Taste of the Holidays

How do Christmas cakes last for years? Inside the “perfect storm” of preservation

Love or hate them, there’s no denying some fruitcakes are not just old — they are ancient.

Science

Grab a cracker: Meet the microbes that make your holiday cheese plate

Cheese is so much more than milk.

Check, please!

What is artificial banana flavor made of? A food neuroscientist reveals the truth

A tale of two bananas.

Taste of the Holidays

The perfect holiday cookies depend on this one overlooked, abundant ingredient

It’s all around us!

Check, please!

Are figs full of dead wasps? An entomologist reveals the answer

These two are meant for each other.

Landlocked

In Paraguay, cows offer a way out of poverty — and perhaps a greater peril

“Against nature, there’s nothing you can do.”

Innovation

Inside the scientific quest to future-proof corn, America's favorite side dish

Taking cues from cacti and orchids, scientists are trying to hack corn’s natural abilities.

Science

How Newtonian physics can help make the perfect mashed potatoes

This beloved holiday side dish can get a boost from a basic understanding of Newton’s laws of physics.

Taste of the Holidays

105 years ago, a savvy candy company created the most divisive holiday dish ever

How do you like your yams?

Microbiome
Detox

Can spicy food boost our gut health? Here's what the science says

Foods that help the microbiome flourish could provide a host of health benefits.

Mind and Body

Scientists recommend 5 minutes of walking to combat your worst habit

Exercise snackies anyone?

Detox

Prescription poop could be the future of medicine

A recent FDA approval is likely only the start of a promising future for prescription poop.

Detox

Microbiome home test kits are the wild west of gut health

Direct-to-consumer gut microbiome tests are increasingly popular, but experts argue they may do more harm than good.

Longevity hacks

This diet helps your mental health by boosting your gut health

Here’s why miso might put you in a great mood.

Mind and Body

Gut health in space: How zero gravity could wreak havoc on the microbiome

Safe travel through the far reaches of space depends on a vast community of in-house microorganisms.

Microbe swap

Does owning a pet boost your gut health?

The bond between pet and owner runs deeper than love, all the way to our (and their) microbiomes.

Open wide!

Look: This tiny robot could change medicine forever

It’s hard for us to absorb certain drugs into our bloodstream — but scientists have a solution.

Mighty Bugs

Your gut microbes can help fight cancer, new research reveals

Gut microbiome research is still relatively uncharted territory.

Detox

Peeing Red: What is beeturia and who gets it?

If you ate beets last night and are seeing red, don't panic.

Hold the sugar!

One common misunderstood ingredient could be damaging your gut bacteria — study

Artificial sweeteners are failing at their one and only task.

Catch them all

Fugitive gut bacteria can disrupt our immune systems. Here's how we can capture them

Your friendly, neighborhood antibodies are the key.

Gut check

Bacteria-eating virus cocktails may effectively treat gut inflammation — study

Two huge breakthroughs could change the game for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

gut check

Genetically engineered gut bacteria boost long-term metabolic health — mouse study

This technique could eventually help treat human metabolic conditions using our own genetically-engineered bacteria.

Longevity Hacks

Unripe bananas have a hereditary cancer prevention property — study

Finally: a reason to eat more starch!

A chemical switch

Why this pervasive immune chemical may be behind pain in IBS

For some people with IBS, blocking histamine may lead us to some potent pain relievers

The Hack Index
Longevity hacks

Cutting back on deli meats may lower your risk of this chronic illness

Why is everything delicious trying to kill us?

Longevity Hacks

One daily social practice could help stave off dementia

Isolation is a risk factor for dementia, like depression or smoking.

Longevity hacks

Asking yourself one fun question could help boost your well-being and longevity

It’s a pleasant part of the future you can control.

Longevity hacks

Feel tired after eating? Try this one easy activity to boost energy and health

Ultimately, any movement is good movement.

Longevity hacks

The first study to measure vitamin D in the brain could help reveal how to maintain cognitive health

The sunshine vitamin may be associated with slower cognitive decline.

Longevity hacks

How much salt is too much? Heart health study has a new answer

Looking at how frequently you add salt to meals could help tell your future.

Longevity hacks

This is how much you need to move to offset a day of sitting

Stand up twice an hour. That’s it.

Longevity hacks

This diet helps your mental health by boosting your gut health

Here’s why miso might put you in a great mood.

Longevity hacks

Meditation literally changes how your brain's neurons move

This is your brain on mindfulness.

Longevity hacks

One powerful breathing technique could boost a key factor for longevity

Do you even IMST, bro?

Longevity hacks

Going to bed before this time could boost your metabolic health

Sorry, night owls.

Longevity hacks

Eating at this hour is associated with lower depression and anxiety, study shows

If you work the graveyard shift, read this.

Longevity hacks

Brushing your teeth can protect brain health, new research reveals

Brush your teeth for your brain’s sake.

Longevity hacks

Microbreaks may be a ‘panacea’ for workday wellness

Anywhere between 8 seconds and 10 minutes does you some good.

Longevity hacks

This indispensable habit reduces your risk of getting Covid-19

Surprise — an exercise habit protects us against the novel pathogen.

Longevity Hacks

Research reveals the best way to exercise — and it’s surprisingly simple

Even a minute of lifting is beneficial.