Are Exogenous Ketone Supplements Worth the Hype?

In the 1920s, scientists discovered that the state of ketosis—when the body switches from using glucose to ketone bodies for fuel—effectively reduced the number of seizures in children with epilepsy. [1]  Why and how this works remains unknown. Nevertheless, the ketogenic (AKA keto) diet is often used to reach ketosis and is still prescribed as a pediatric anti-seizure treatment. Scientists are even considering it as a potential treatment for other neurological disorders like Alzheimer's and ...

Autophagy: What You Should Know Before Starting Your Fast

Our cells go through a normal, physiological mechanism in which they quite literally feed on themselves—a process known as autophagy (pronounced aa-TAA-fuh-jee). The word autophagy stems from the Greek prefixes auto- (self) and -phagy (feed on). This form of cellular housekeeping allows our body to remove damaged parts of cells while recycling others. Inducing autophagy, especially through extended fasts, has become a popular habit among the longevity and biohacking crowds as a way to improve ...

Broccoli Sprouts: How This Cancer-Fighting Food Promotes Longevity

Broccoli sprouts have skyrocketed in popularity thanks to scientists like Rhoda Patrick and Jed Fahey. More and more research continues to shed light on the health-promoting and cancer-fighting properties of this powerful vegetable. But what exactly are broccoli sprouts? Broccoli sprouts are immature broccoli, rich in various nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, and sulforaphane. Broccoli sprouts germinate from seeds after a few days of soaking, watering, and rinsing (see below on ...

5 Strategies to Slow Telomere Shortening

Aging is a complex, multifactorial process that starts in our cells, resulting in a gradual decline of the larger systems in the body. Scientists have proposed various theories for the reason we age, including oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, cell senescence, and telomere shortening. Telomeres, the structures at the end of chromosomes, help to protect DNA from damage and allow chromosomes to replicate properly during cell division. Mounting evidence indicates that telomere length ...

Biohacking: The Art and Science of Self-Experimentation

The term “biohacking” has skyrocketed in popularity and recognition over the past few years. And even if you aren’t familiar with the term biohacking, there’s a good chance you’ve encountered some version of it online. Perhaps you’re familiar with Dave Asprey, the self-proclaimed biohacker who popularized putting butter in your coffee, or Wim Hof, The Iceman, who uses breathwork to withstand freezing Arctic temperatures. Or maybe you’ve come across the fitness trainer Ben Greenfield who endures ...

Biological Age: A Predictor of Longevity and Healthspan

Thanks to modern technological advancements, the average American lifespan has reached 79—41% higher than it was 100 years ago. But modern life has also resulted in an increase of chronic diseases, which now affect nearly half of all Americans. In other words, a long life doesn't always translate to a higher quality of life. [1-2] In fact, your chronological (AKA calendar) age might not accurately represent your body's internal or biological age at all.  What is biological age? Biological age ...

How Dry January Can Benefit Your Health, According to the Experts

Dry January is a global initiative about going alcohol-free for the month of January—a change that can have long-lasting mental and physiological health benefits. Alcohol intake traditionally rises during the holiday season, but this trend has been exacerbated due to impacts of the current pandemic. In fact, research shows that certain alcohol sales have increased by over 200% since last year. This increase in alcohol consumption has important implications on our health, including increased ...

Blood Testing for Athletes: Improving Performance & Outsmarting the Competition

Should athletes turn to blood tests to improve their performance? Blood tests can help athletes measure specific biomarkers related to performance and give them an edge over the competition. Blood analysis provides a unique window into an athlete’s health and performance. Certain biomarkers like vitamin D and ferritin can directly impact athletic performance, while others like cortisol and creatine kinase can provide insights into overtraining and injury prevention. Athletes can now rely on ...
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