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 www.sophieputka.com.
grease lightning
Mysteriously “slimy” mice lead to surprise fat loss discovery
Sophie Putka
They were losing weight rapidly by oozing out lipids.
Longevity Hacks
This colorful diet is linked to better brain health and memory
Sophie Putka
Eat the rainbow to lower chances of cognitive decline.
Fast or nah
Two signs intermittent fasting is working, according to devotees
Sophie Putka
It's complicated...
blood sport
Blood flow restriction: The science behind the Olympic fitness trend
Sophie Putka
“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
Sophie Putka
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.
self-destruct
Autophagy: Intermittent fasting and "self-eating" cells, explained
Sophie Putka
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
Sophie Putka
“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
Sophie Putka
Scientists find “sophisticated communication” between fungi and our immune system.
Longevity hacks
One change at work could boost your health and productivity
Sophie Putka
Iceland experiment reveals to work better, you should work less.
Think fast
Male and female bodies can respond differently to intermittent fasting
Sophie Putka
Here's what we know so far.
Mutant
Delta variant: 6 unreasonably common questions and the answers
Sophie Putka
What we know so far about B.1.617.2.
fast not furious
Intermittent fasting may improve your mood
Sophie Putka
But unfortunately, scientists don’t know for sure.
move sleep repeat
“Synergistic” study finds this action can counter the effects of poor sleep
Sophie Putka
Increased physical activity can “mitigate some of the health risks” that come with poor sleep.
Longevity hacks
Does music help when exercising? Study finds a curious link to a type of fatigue
Sophie Putka
Music helped people “perform to the same level as when they were not mentally fatigued.”
gene gems
Rare genes could be used to prevent weight gain, study finds
Sophie Putka
A massive study uncovered 16.
Longevity hacks
How this low-carb diet might be linked to immunity
Sophie Putka
Keto’s appeal isn’t just limited to “fat-burning.”
Tipped scale
The terrible science behind popular weight loss products
Sophie Putka
“The entire systematic review is comprised of very poorly conducted studies.”
Longevity hacks
Brain study reveals one easy action critical to learning something new
Sophie Putka
Want to learn a skill? Just wait a minute
calorie-free
Intermittent fasting may not offer dramatic benefits — here’s why
Sophie Putka
What defines success depends on who you ask.
New Leaf
Teen cannabis use reveals how marijuana can alter brain shape
Sophie Putka
New research finds “cannabis is indeed having some sort of an effect on this neuro-maturation process.”