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 ...

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 ...

Are Green Tea Extract Supplements Beneficial for Athletic Performance?

Green tea has been a component of the diet since ancient times. Because of its popularity and nutrient-dense profile, this delicious beverage is also well-researched. From metabolism to mood to longevity, green tea proves to have multiple powerful effects on the body. Lately, green tea extract supplements, a potent form of green tea, have become popular for their beneficial, antioxidant impact on exercise recovery. But does research support using this potent pill for training gains? We take a ...

A Comprehensive Review of the Habits that Affect Gut Health

Your body is your home. It’s also home to trillions of other living organisms. Trillions of microbes that is. And the composition of this microscopic community can have major implications on your wellness and performance. Fortunately, there are multiple steps you can take to support gut health and reap related benefits. Numerous habits, from meal timing, to sleep habits, to antioxidant consumption, can influence the makeup of your microbiome and its relationship with the rest of your body.

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.

Science-Backed Habits to Live Past 100: Lessons from the Blue Zones

After reading David Sinclair’s book Lifespan, I’ve been on a mission to uncover more strategies to increase longevity. In my last blog, The Best Foods to Slow Aging, I investigated the top foods that impact cellular aging. Individual foods like broccoli sprouts and mushrooms work to an extent, but it made me wonder whether there were larger diet patterns and behaviors that have already proven effective. Well, what better way to answer this question than to look at populations in which people ...

The Best Foods to Slow Aging, According to Leading Longevity Experts

In the last five years, scientists have made significant breakthroughs in the field of aging and longevity. Aging is a complex, multi-factorial 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 mitochondrial dysfunction, inflammation, DNA damage, cell senescence, and telomere reduction—all of which will be discussed throughout this article. Fortunately, longevity ...

The Health Benefits of Beans, the Black Sheep of Superfoods

When you hear the term “superfood,” do beans come to mind? If not, they should—beans pack a serious nutritional punch. They are loaded with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals that can help reduce inflammation, fend off chronic diseases, contribute to weight loss, improve gut health, and promote satiety. Here are just some of the ways beans make a great addition to your diet. 
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