The Global Anti-Aging Market was valued at nearly $60 billion dollars in 2021 and is estimated to be worth over $88 billion by 2028. This massive anti-aging industry thrives off the universal fear of getting older. It encourages consumers, and particularly women, to do everything in their power to look young for as long as possible.
At Holtorf Medical Group, we are redefining what it means to “age.” Our board-certified physicians do not encourage anti-aging practices that include covering your face in makeup and skincare products filled with toxins and endocrine disruptors (according to the Environmental Working Group, women use an average of 12 products a day, containing 168 different chemicals. Men use fewer products, but still put 85 chemicals on their bodies).
However, we understand the power of feeling like your best self for as long as you can…
Aging is inevitable, but looking and feeling your age is not.
Below are our tips for regular practices to age optimally, so you can make the most out of life:
NAD stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide and this molecule reacts with oxygen in every cell of the body, specifically in the mitochondria.
NAD is required for several cellular functions, particularly those involving the Krebs cycle conversion of nutrients. NAD helps convert proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals to ATP, the body’s energy molecule that helps perform essential functions.
NAD is needed for vital bodily functions including energy production, breathing, pumping blood, and much more. A lack of this cellular fuel is common in conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), depression, anxiety, and even addiction issues.
As a cofactor, NAD is involved in hundreds of enzymatic reactions such as DNA repair and chromosomal stability. Issues with DNA repair and even DNA damage are linked to chronic health problems and certain types of cancers. Other enzymatic reactions that NAD is involved in include:
- The communication and signaling between immune cells
- The body’s ability to decrease inflammation
- The prevention of oxidative stress
- The production of neurotransmitters
- The body’s circadian rhythm and sleep cycle
- The activity of sirtuins (aid in longevity)
- The production of telomere (which can affect longevity and lifespan)
As we age, our natural supply of NAD decreases. In fact, we lose approximately 40% of our NAD levels by the age of 40.
This leads to stereotypical signs of aging such as sluggishness, lack of mental clarity, fatigue, and more. By naturally supporting your body’s supply of NAD with NAD IV Therapy, you can experience a variety of mental and physical benefits including:
- Improve Mental Clarity
- Enhance Mental & Physical Energy
- Boost Immunity
- Support Vascular & Heart Health
And, most notably, reverse signs of aging. NAD Therapy is often nicknamed “The Fountain of Youth” because it is not only anti-aging, it can actually reverse signs of aging.
This is because NAD activates certain enzymes that can help promote healthy aging. Studies have shown NAD helps repair damaged DNA, improves stress resistance, and reduces inflammation, all of which help minimize the effects of aging.
Moreover, low levels of NAD are associated with common age-related issues such as an increased occurrence of sunburn, skin cancer, decreased metabolism and thyroid hormones, and a decrease in cellular antioxidants.
Move Your Body & Exercise Regularly
Today, the average person spends more than half their day sitting and the typical office worker spends 15 hours a day sitting.
As our society has developed with technological advancements, we have evolved away from our hunter and gatherer cultures where people would spend hours a day in motion.
Our bodies are not designed to be stagnant. For the majority of human existence, we worked most of our waking hours to obtain resources whether that be food, water, wood, clothing, or other survival necessities. Because we now have easy access to all these resources and more, movement is not naturally incorporated into our daily lives.
However, a lack of movement has proven negative impacts on our mental and physical health. A lack of physical activity has been linked to:
- Increased rates of depression and anxiety
- Insomnia and poor quality of sleep
- Decreased cognitive function
- Poor detoxification pathways
- Poor metabolic health
- Hormone dysfunction
- Accelerated aging
Research shows that just 150 minutes (or more) weekly can increase life expectancy by seven years when compared to those who don’t practice regular, moderate exercise.
Support Your Detox Pathways & Detox Daily
Detoxing has become synonymous with juice cleanses, fad diets, and trendy products or supplements. However, the body has effective and complex detoxing processes that are constantly in use as the world is full of environmental toxins and agents of illness that can build up over time. Consequently, the body’s ability to detoxify is essential in preventing toxic overload and subsequent disease. If toxins build up in any of the above organs or systems, it can lead to serious health issues. Symptoms of poor detoxing and possible toxin-buildup include:
- Sleep problems
- Weight gain
- Brain fog
- Low libido
- Skin rashes
- Joint pain
- Poor immunity
- Accelerated aging
Tips to support your detox pathways include:
- Start your day off with a glass of water
- Prioritize Sleep
- Sweat Regularly
- Monitor Your Diet
- Supplement Regularly
- Limit Toxin Exposure
Intravenous Laser Treatment
Also known as intravenous laser treatment or the Weber Laser, this method of IV therapy was originally introduced by Russian scientists E.N. Meschalkin and V.S. Sergiewski in 1981 as a potential way to treat cardiovascular diseases.
ILBI is designed to send precise laser light directly through your veins and can be customized to your personal needs and target various health goals such as supporting metabolism, immunity, energy, and more.
By bypassing the layers of the skin with specialized fiberoptic light guides and cannulas, the Weber Laser is able to reach and penetrate areas such as the bloodstream, joints, spinal nerves, interstitial compartments, or even tumors. With this new approach to laser therapy, the Weber Laser can penetrate depths of up to 12 cm.
Types of Lasers As a cutting-edge treatment, this service can be tailored to patient’s specific needs as there are different “colors” or types of lasers that have the potential to elicit different results.
There is a wide variety of benefits associated with ILBI because the laser’s energy is able to stimulate our mitochondria. As the “powerhouse of the cell,” mitochondria are responsible for producing over 90% of the body’s energy, meaning these cells fuel virtually every bodily system.
However, over time, mitochondrial function declines due to a variety of factors, namely stress, poor diet, stress, toxin exposure, chronic conditions, and more. Mitochondria have their own DNA, which means mutations can lead to dysfunction and eventually mitochondrial death. When mitochondria are not functioning optimally, neither do our cells and when the mitochondria die, so does the cell.
That is why it is essential we take proactive steps to promote mitochondrial health with services such as the Weber Laser. In doing so, we can experience potential benefits such as:
Improving metabolic funciton Promoting mood stability Reducing stress Decreasing inflammation Supporting immunity Promoting bone health Improving circulation and blood pressure Enhancing skin health Promoting mental cognition and clarity Combatting chronic infections Minimizing signs of aging
Aesthetic Services for Aging Your Best
At Holtorf Medical Group, we understand that despite our best efforts, time takes its inevitable toll on our appearance. Although we may not desire the “looking young forever” unachievable look, we understand that personalized beauty is an integral component of well-being.
In other words, feeling your best includes looking like the best version of yourself too.
That’s why we offer cutting-edge laser and skin rejuvenation services delivered by a certified aesthetic physician.