Stanford Lifestyle Medicine Blog

Read the latest blog posts from lifestyle medicine experts at Stanford University covering health topics across our 7 pillars.

 

Computer Science x Human Performance

Computer Science x Human Performance

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have taken the world around us to new heights. We find these systems operating in the background of some of our most loved and appreciated products such as at home smart-speakers, ride-booking apps, social media, and even google translate. In the past year these branches of computer science have begun to enter our world in another way as well, namely in the area of at home fitness.  Last year, Peloton launched the Peloton Guide, a...

Whole Food Plant-Based Diet

Whole Food Plant-Based Diet

The Standard American diet contributes significantly to risk of disease, mortality, and morbidity in the United States. In contrast, dietary patterns emphasizing a whole food, plant-based approach to eating promotes health and longevity. A whole food, plant-based (WFPB) dietary pattern involves consuming a variety of vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, mushrooms, herbs, and grains. A plant-based approach can be difficult to implement, but even small, incremental changes can be extremely impactful. Increasing intake of minimally processed foods can help to...

Navigating the Difficult World of Supplements

Navigating the Difficult World of Supplements

When you think about nutritional supplements for athletic performance, you may imagine an advertised “get fit quick!” and a promise to change your whole life. I remember when friends, teammates or a coach would tell me about a supplement, I would often tune it out for a couple of different reasons. First, we must be aware that if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Second, the supplement industry does not follow the same FDA standards that...