Sophie Putka

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

Gut Week

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?

Mind and Body

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.

Longevity hacks

Scientists find the best time to eat protein for muscle growth

Getting swole can be a matter of meal timing.

plant-based diet

Why scientists say we should grow future vaccines in plants

Picture a future where we eat our vaccines.

think fast

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.

cardio conundrum

How cycling compares to other cardio

Choosing the best exercise is more than calories burned.

Longevity hacks

The invisible exercise that might count more than your workout

Our “hidden” exercise matters more than we think

no soup for you

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.

grease lightning

Mysteriously “slimy” mice lead to surprise fat loss discovery

They were losing weight rapidly by oozing out lipids.

Longevity Hacks

This colorful diet is linked to better brain health and memory

Eat the rainbow to lower chances of cognitive decline.

Fast or nah

Two signs that intermittent fasting is actually working, according to devotees

It's complicated...

blood sport

The scientific reason why Olympians are embracing this new fitness trend

“Literally every single day of the Olympics, I've had calls.”

Longevity hacks

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.

Longevity hacks

One gut-healthy diet can calm inflammation

“That was absolutely incredible result, and I think probably better than anyone had really anticipated.”

Gut rut

A link between fungi and gut health may mean a treatment for inflammation

Scientists find “sophisticated communication” between fungi and our immune system.

Longevity hacks

One change at work could boost your health and productivity

Iceland experiment reveals to work better, you should work less.

Think fast

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.

fast not furious

Intermittent fasting may improve your mood

But unfortunately, scientists don’t know for sure.