WHAT IS AGING?
Aging, defined simply, is the process of getting older with time. Biologically, it is the inevitable deterioration of physiological functions that are otherwise necessary for survival and fertility. Our cells, the basic building blocks of the body, undergo natural wear and tear but employ intrinsic means, such as autophagy, to repair themselves. However, when we age, the cells begin to break down faster than they can be repaired or replaced.
An aged or weaker cell cannot divide and multiply properly and eventually functions abnormally and dies.
ALL CELLS IN OUR BODY AGE WITH TIME!
Aging brings significant and visible changes in the body in terms of function and appearance. Some changes though, such as graying of the hair, are not that bad or harmful; but others can result in potential declines in senses and performance as well as an increased susceptibility to disability and many chronic diseases. Some of which include:
• Heart disease
• Neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia
THE SLOW-AGING PROCESS
Medical researchers have made tremendous advancements in the field of aging and anti-aging. Today, we not only understand the phenomenon, but we have also successfully developed methods to slow down aging and live a long and disease-free life.
Many studies have highlighted that even though aging cannot be stopped, scientists are exploring the basic science behind aging (Gerontology) to understand various aspects and develop interventions. As a result of tremendous efforts in the space of gerontology, we now know for a fact that: Exercise and diet have a direct impact on life and health. Exercising daily and restricting certain diets, such as protein and those containing methionine, will slow age-related processes.
Over time, proteins aggregate in the form of plaques and tangles in the cells. Preventing protein aggregation can preserve health and increase the lifespan.
Men and women age differently. Exploring the underlying mechanism of aging in both sexes will help study and understand longevity better.
Researchers are exploring this field and provide promising answers that will add extra years to our life that we can spend with friends and family and enjoying fulfilling activities.
While aging is unavoidable, there are certain proven ways to slow down the process and add healthful years to life. However, with the information overload that exists today, figuring out what initiatives need to be taken to sustain your youthfulness can be extremely stressful and daunting.
SEVEN STEPS TO SLOW AGING & PROMOTE YOUTHFULNESS
Here are seven steps, used by the Regenerative Medicine Expert Dr. Ross Carter. This will help you retain your youth and vitality.
1. GATHERING INFORMATION
The first step of an effective active-aging program comprises obtaining essential
and personalized health information to determine how well you are currently doing. Testing for significant factors such as nutrition, hydration, toxins, and stress helps prepare a customized anti-aging regime that keeps you feeling, looking, and performing better.
2. ADEQUATE SLEEP
Poor sleep is another major factor that hastens aging and disease. Most people are not getting the recommended daily sleep of 7-9 hours. Identifying and reversing the causative factors of poor sleep can play a huge part in boosting energy and recovery. In fact, sometimes simple things such as eliminating blue light from computers and televisions at night, reducing caffeine, and following a routine can dramatically improve quality of sleep and life.
3. IMPROVING MENTAL STATE
Psychological issues such as depression, stress and anxiety have often been associated with premature aging and a rapid decline in physiological health and function. However, people rarely register the importance of mental health, zeroing solely in on physical appearance. The active-aging methodology appearance. The active-aging methodology does the opposite; it focuses on managing and sustaining a positive mental state for optimal body functioning, which in turn helps keep up health and overall wellbeing. For superior mental health, one should consider adding daily rituals such as breath work, feeling grateful, and celebrating small achievements.
4. PERSONALIZED NUTRITION
In the past few years, customized nutrition has been developed to help protect our cells and their components from damage, extend their lifespan, and boost energy production. They do so by making up for any nutrients or minerals that are lacking from diet, hence promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. By utilizing epigenetics, or the expression of your genes, we can analyze metabolic biomarkers of cellular processes that are genetically, epigenetically, and environmentally altered. By assessing our ability to meet vital cellular functions, we can identify potential problem areas and minimize the effects even before they become health issues. Epigenetics allows scientists to identify exactly which nutrient you are deficient in and precisely what might be causing the deficiency. The information will help develop custom-made nutritional supplements created from specific vegetables, herbs, fruits, and spices, designed for your dietary needs.
5. ANTI-AGING DETOXIFICATION
Scientific data suggests that toxins, both environmental and endogenous, contribute majorly to molecular damage and physiological dysregulation, resulting in aging. Another important component of the 7-Step Program is detoxification that mainly focuses on eliminating toxins that speed up the internal and visual aging processes, therefore making you feel and look younger.
6. ADVANCED REGENERATIVE THERAPIES
Youth enhancing therapies such as PRP, stem cells, and exosomes are some of the treatments that the longevity program at HHI will include. These therapies trigger regeneration within the body and help reduce inflammation which keeps the body in a more youthful state.
When introduced into an aging body, regenerative therapy promotes self-renewal processes in the vital organs and tissues in addition to stimulating inactive stem cells. These processes enhance repair, boost immunity, and increase energy – aspects that help the body retain its vitality and youthfulness.
Stem-cell derived exosomes have also been utilized to repair aging cells. Their outstanding regenerative abilities influence cells to heal themselves and improve their strength and elasticity, subsequently slowing the onset of the aging process.
If you do not measure, you cannot manage. By utilizing the latest wearable tracking devices, we can manage and maintain our health and fitness, improve sleep, and find ways to recover from internal and external stress and injury. Tracking introduces feelings of accountability to the program and helps keep you motivated and informed on your progress and limitations.