A New Study Finds That Flavonoids and Heart Health May Be Related via the Microbiome

Flavonoid-rich foods like berries, apples, pears, and wine appear to have a positive effect on blood pressure levels. This association is also partially explained by characteristics of the gut microbiome, according to a recent study published in Hypertension. [1] Past studies have provided strong evidence that the composition of the gut microbiome can partly explain the association between dietary flavonoids and cardiovascular health, but the present study is the first to provide data ...

Sauna Bathing's Impacts on Heart Health and Longevity

Sauna bathing has been used for centuries as a means of relaxation, but it’s becoming increasingly popular in the modern age among biohackers, athletes, and everyday men and women. Evidence suggests that the effects of sauna bathing go beyond relaxation, and instead may also improve cardiovascular function, reduce inflammation, and lower cholesterol. But how often do you need to use a sauna to reap these benefits? What temperature is considered optimal? Is sauna bathing safe for everyone? We’ll ...

Are Artificial Sweeteners Bad for You? Their Role in Weight Loss, Appetite, and the Gut Microbiome

The first artificial sweetener was developed in 1879, and despite being some of the most scientifically studied food substances on the market, their use remains controversial. [1] "Diet," reduced sugar, and sugar-free foods and beverages manage to maintain sweetness with the help of sugar substitutes like artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners don’t raise blood glucose (also called blood sugar) levels and have been promoted as a way to reduce excess sugar intake and better manage chronic ...

What are the Differences Between Food Allergies, Intolerances, and Sensitivities?

The prevalence of food allergies is on the rise in the United States. And recently, this has corresponded with an increase in the number of tests on the market that tout benefits to “heal your gut” and “understand what foods may be giving you symptoms.” These tests encourage customers to eliminate certain foods regardless of whether they’ve actually experienced GI symptoms from them.  This article aims to explain the science behind food allergies and to differentiate between food allergies, ...

How to Prioritize Performance and Longevity in Endurance Sports

Runners and endurance athletes often talk about their personal records (PRs), upcoming races, or the latest fitness tech or gadgets. But there’s always a looming question: How long can I keep going? Physical activity can delay signs of aging by promoting heart health, preventing low bone mass, improving coordination and balance, and lowering the risk of chronic diseases [1]. But endurance athletes also place unique strains on their bodies which can impact healthy aging and their longevity in ...

NMN Supplementation Improves Measures of Endurance Capacity in Amateur Runners, A New Study Finds

A recent study finds that nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) supplementation improved endurance capacity in amateur runners.[1] Researchers propose that NMN enhances oxygen delivery in muscle tissue, bringing energy to exercise-induced energy-depleted cells. Published this month in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, this study is gaining attention from athletes and biohackers alike. Let's dive in.  

Longevity by Design: What Aging Research Tells Us About Longevity With Dr. Danica Chen

Listen to this episode of Longevity by Design on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts   How and why do we age? Is aging reversible? These are some of the most critical questions in biology. Fortunately for us, researchers and scientists across the world strive to get some revolutionary answers. Our guest is one of them.  In this episode of the Longevity by Design podcast, our co-hosts, Dr. Gil Blander and Ashley Reaver, are joined by Dr. Danica Chen, a professor at the University of ...
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