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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Leg Day Observer

Why “micro workouts” can have significant mental and physical benefits

There are advantages to fitting short bursts of exercise into your day.

Leg Day Observer

Mindfulness plays a crucial role in lifting — here’s how to do it right

Research shows that mental training can increase gains at the gym.

Sweat it out

Most-effective core exercises: Why traditional sit-ups may not be best for your routine

Plank it.

Mind and Body

One simple activity could ease your lower back pain

Reach for the sky.

Pet Science

Should you exercise your dog on a treadmill? Here's what veterinarians say

It might not be a bad idea.

Men's Health

Can dry scooping boost performance? Experts explain the viral workout hack

Is it a hack or is it hype?

The Road Less Traveled

Just over an hour of weekly exercise reduces the risk of depression, scientists say

Get ready for a lot of brisk walking.

The Big Picture

Exercise may matter more than BMI for lowering cancer risk

Bodyweight is not synonymous with health.

Sunday Scaries

Just 30 minutes of one action can dramatically boost the effects of therapy

Before you sit down for a session, take a little extra time to amplify the effects.

Eating
Check, please!

Is decaf coffee caffeine-free? ‘Dr. Coffee’ shares the answer

Decaf and regular differ in other ways than caffeine levels.

Check, please!

Is vanilla extract fake? Here’s the secret chemistry behind the ancient flavor

Vanilla beans are “chemical factories.”

Innovation

Want more umami? This is the science-backed seasoning you need

Forget sneaking in vegetables — sneak insects into your food instead.

Hold the sugar!

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

Artificial sweeteners are failing at their one and only task.

tasty

These 10 common foods have the smallest environmental impact: study

Your favorite sugary drinks aren’t as bad for the planet as you’d think.

Check, please!

What makes mold edible? A food safety expert breaks it down

Sometimes mold is tasty, except when it’s not.

Innovation

This genetically modified rice could transform the global food supply

Copying one key gene could help feed hundreds of millions of people worldwide facing nutritional deficiencies.

Check, please!

Why does eating pineapple sting? A food scientist explains the chemistry

More like painapple, right?

Check, please!

Why does spicy food make you sweat? A neuroscientist breaks it down

The body isn’t in actual harm, but it responds as if it is.

Horizons

Artificial photosynthesis can grow plants without light — and may solve a planetary dilemma

Plus: Robotic limbs can feel real.

Check, please!

Does coffee make you poop? A gastroenterologist gets to the bottom of it

The connection is more complicated than you might think.

Check, please!

Does smoked meat cause cancer? A dietitian assesses the damage

Your BBQ could come with a side of P.A.H.s and H.C.A.s.

Science

Surprise! Biologists find that plants can grow in Moondust returned by Apollo

Thale cress grew in the soil, but maybe not well.

Check, please

Should we abandon good pasta? A dietitian digs in on “healthier” alternatives

There’s a place on the plate for all types of pasta.

Of Mice and Men

For mice, fasting at the right time extended lifespans — but can it work for humans?

Studies on animals, usually lab mice, have limited applications to humans.

Check, please!

Does submerging an avocado in water keep it fresh? The science behind the hack

Read this before you follow that TikTok advice.

Microbiome
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.

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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

Open Wide

The secret to gut health is already in your mouth

Your oral microbiome plays a key role in your health — here's how to keep it happy.

Sunday Scaries

Why scientists think these dietary supplements may help treat depression

While probiotics alone aren’t the cure, they could help as an add-on to other treatments.

Beer gut

Beer might actually improve gut health, study finds

Beer belly, but make it biodiverse.

Check, please!

Does coffee make you poop? A gastroenterologist gets to the bottom of it

The connection is more complicated than you might think.

in and out

The baby poop of hunter-gatherers could unlock better gut health

The Hadza are known for their exceptional microbiomes.

Check, please!

Can ginger cure nausea? A gastroenterologist reveals the spicy truth

It certainly doesn’t hurt.

Opinion

Antibiotics can hurt your gut microbiome, leading to a deadly fungal infection — study

One of the risk factors for getting invasive candidiasis is antibiotics.

Gaming

A brief history of video game poop

A trail of turds from Earthbound to Death Stranding.

The Hack Index
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Going to bed before this time could boost your metabolic health

Sorry, night owls.

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

If you work the graveyard shift, read this.

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Brushing your teeth can protect brain health, new research reveals

Brush your teeth for your brain’s sake.

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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.

Longevity hacks

Neuroscientists finally figured out why thinking can be so exhausting

Your brain is begging you to go touch grass.

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Unripe bananas have a hereditary cancer prevention property — study

Finally: a reason to eat more starch!

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This humble vitamin might be a worthwhile supplement for anxiety

It’s certainly worth a shot.

Longevity hacks

Exercising only on the weekends has surprising health benefits — study

Don’t be ashamed to be a weekend warrior.

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A psychiatrist’s guide to coexisting with intrusive thoughts

It’s not about controlling the thoughts, it’s about not letting the thoughts control you.

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This everyday behavior is essential to preventing heart disease

Don’t feel guilty about sleeping in, because it’s good for your health.

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Stop wasting money on this ineffective daily regimen

Just get gummy worms if that’s what you really want.

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These 90-plus-year-old women reveal the secret to living a long, happy life

Looking on the bright side of life is backed by science.

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This coffee hack could improve your gut health and make you live longer

Here’s what science can glean from your daily coffee order.

Weight a Minute

Researchers: Pump iron for 30 minutes a week to ward off early death

A little goes a long way.