Sophie Putka is a Mind and Body writer for Inverse, where she covers the many ways our bodies and brains interact with the world — from the food we eat to the way we move. Sophie’s byline has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, Discover, Atlas Obscura, Cannabis Wire, and more. Her video about one woman’s survival instincts during Covid-19 was recognized as a finalist for the Society of Professional Journalists’ Regional Mark of Excellence awards. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Brown University and Masters’ in journalism from CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. Sophie also develops recipes and takes photos. She’s a fan of tiny utensils and retrofuturism. You can follow Sophie on Twitter at @SophNaama or on Instagram at @sophieputka. See more of Sophie’s work at www.sophieputka.com.
The “disappearing” human microbiome — and the fraught push to preserve it
Competing ideas on how to collect and study our microbiota raise a vital question: Who benefits?
The thin line between intermittent fasting and eating disorders
The problem’s lynchpin is the difference between what scientists expect and what people actually do.
Scientists find the best time to eat protein for muscle growth
Getting swole can be a matter of meal timing.
Why scientists say we should grow future vaccines in plants
Picture a future where we eat our vaccines.
The most misunderstood part of intermittent fasting isn’t what you think
Humans can’t stick to the same schedules as mice — or get the same results.
How cycling compares to other cardio
Choosing the best exercise is more than calories burned.
The invisible exercise that might count more than your workout
Our “hidden” exercise matters more than we think
Can fasting ward off infections? Mice study reveals an unexpected link
New research counters conventional wisdom that when you lose your appetite, you should eat more.
Mysteriously “slimy” mice lead to surprise fat loss discovery
They were losing weight rapidly by oozing out lipids.
This colorful diet is linked to better brain health and memory
Eat the rainbow to lower chances of cognitive decline.
Two signs that intermittent fasting is actually working, according to devotees
The scientific reason why Olympians are embracing this new fitness trend
“Literally every single day of the Olympics, I've had calls.”
One type of exercise reliably lowers your risk of death, scientists say
Biking decreases the risk of mortality for those with diabetes, reports a new study. Scientists say this benefit is likely to be seen by all cyclists.
Intermittent fasting’s favorite word may not mean what you think
If you've tried intermittent fasting, you may have heard of autophagy: a real but much-hyped process that's more complicated than it sounds.
One gut-healthy diet can calm inflammation
“That was absolutely incredible result, and I think probably better than anyone had really anticipated.”
A link between fungi and gut health may mean a treatment for inflammation
Scientists find “sophisticated communication” between fungi and our immune system.
One change at work could boost your health and productivity
Iceland experiment reveals to work better, you should work less.
Male and female bodies respond differently to intermittent fasting
Here's what we know so far.
Delta variant: 6 unreasonably common questions and the answers
What we know so far about B.1.617.2.
Intermittent fasting may improve your mood
But unfortunately, scientists don’t know for sure.