The phrase anti-aging has been seen more in the news and the media recently and will no doubt continue to be prominent in the years to come. So, what does it mean? Anti – aging is a multifaceted concept that combines the science of aesthetics, nutrition, hormones, genetics and regenerative medicine to retard aging.
The proverbial fountain of youth has been the holy grail of the human kind for thousands of years, but only recently did the science of anti-aging actually start to catch up with this quest. It now holds a promise of real and meaningful slowing of the aging process.
To better understand how anti-aging strategies help us stay younger, we need to better understand how we age.
The aging process occurs in our bodies on many levels that can be summarized as
Degenerative, Cellular, Hormonal, Immunological, Gastrointestinal, and Neurological. Degenerative processes involve our connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons as well as the joint cartilage and spinal discs
On the cellular level, our cells start to divide more slowly and our Mitochondria, the organelles that produce energy, become less efficient. This affects everything from the quality of our skin to the function our cells in the muscles and organs of the body.
As we age we tend to produce less hormones that perform thousands of vital functions in our bodies.
Our immune system likewise becomes less efficient allowing for more infections.
The aging gastrointestinal tract can lose ability to absorb nutrients and become permeable, allowing for entrance of inflammatory and toxic molecules.
Finally, with age our nerve connections in the body and the brain slow down, can become inefficient, and sometimes dysfunctional causing everything from loss of balance and coordination to loss of memory and dementia.
The good news is that we can fight aging on every one of these levels with these simple anti-aging strategies.
Regenerative medicine is in its heyday. Our understanding of how we can influence healing of our tissues naturally has been increasing exponentially for the last ten years.
Hormonal antiaging strategies:
Immune System and Gut Antiaging strategies:
These are linked, due to so much of our immune health being influenced by the health of our gut. As the gut is stressed it becomes hyperpermeable or leaky. Protective gut bacteria become deficient allowing for further damage to the gut lining. Leaky gut allows for toxic molecules to be absorbed into the circulation, stressing our immune system.
Brain and nerve strategies:
At OWM Buffalo we integrate regenerative medicine, nutrition, stress reduction techniques, exercise, hormonal optimization and medical aesthetic procedures to keep our clients young, agile, and vibrant.