The Gut-Brain Axis: How Gut Health Influences Dementia Risk

Though genetics certainly play a role, recent research shows that modifiable lifestyle factors like diet and exercise can actually influence someone's risk of developing age-related cognitive diseases like Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and other forms of dementia. In recent years, investigators have explored the role of the gut microbiome in the connection between lifestyle and disease risk. Emerging evidence shows that dementia patients have significantly higher pro-inflammatory ...

For InsideTracker, 2020 Was a Year of Growth, Innovation, and Coming Together

There is no denying that 2020 has been one of the most trying years in memory. We've had to change our daily lives and rely on each other more than ever. But as always, with these challenges and changes has come adaptation and innovation, both at the personal and societal levels. At InsideTracker, we've felt these changes and did our best to support our users and community. We rolled out new features and products, new campaigns, and new support systems, all in the name of wellness, longevity, ...

Is Melatonin Safe? All About the Popular Sleep Supplement

Melatonin is naturally produced in the brain as a part of our sleep/wake cycle. And in recent years, researchers have realized that melatonin in supplement form has similar effects. But are melatonin supplements safe? What is the most effective and safe form to take? In general, melatonin is quite safe, though experts recommend being conservative with the dosage and the number of nights in a row that you use it. Here's a breakdown of common questions about melatonin supplements.

The Benefits of Music on Stress, Cognition, and Performance

It’s no scientific breakthrough that music can impact our brain mental state. Research shows that music can significantly improve mood, stress, cognitive performance, and even endurance and power when applied correctly. How exactly does music benefit the brain and body? Most evidence points to the fact that it boosts mood, which has other downstream effects. Here's a summary of what we know.

Is Cheese Bad for You? The Evidence Says No—with Some Exceptions

Cheese’s standing as a component of a healthy diet has long been debated. And it’s true that some animal products promote disease, but is cheese bad for you? Perhaps not—evidence shows that cheese doesn’t deserve to be treated the same as meat or milk. Cheese is a good source of protein and calcium, and research largely doesn’t support the theory that cheese contributes to chronic disease.

Beer is Fermented—So Does That Mean It Contains Probiotics?

We know that many fermented foods contain live health-supporting probiotics. But does that include beer? Unfortunately, most types of beer lose their live cultures during the brewing process. But recently, experts have suggested that specific, strong beers contain beneficial probiotic yeast. Here's what makes them special, and how other beers plan to follow suit.

Being Proactive Against COVID-19: Blood Biomarkers to Watch

A major threat of COVID-19 is its differential impact on people with pre-existing health conditions; from what we know so far, COVID-19 is more dangerous for people with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, hypertension, and cancer.[1] But if you (or someone you love) fall into this demographic, there are actions you can take to optimize your overall health and well-being—and your immune response to a potential infection. Here's a list of science-based changes to ...

What Your Weekly Sexual Activity Says About Your Well-being

Maintaining a thriving sex drive with age has always been a challenge, and the distractions of the 21st century haven't made it any easier to create and maintain intimate moments with our partners. But research shows that a healthy sex life is important for wellness and aging—those who have regular, partnered sex have different levels of stress, inflammation, and even blood pressure than those who don't. And if you find it hard to feel 'turned on' on a daily or weekly basis, there are ...
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