Healthy Aging

Aging is defined as steady, progressive decline in mental and physical function due to physiological degeneration. Although many believe that this decline is unavoidable, there are steps you can take to minimize and slow the aging process (and maybe even reverse it). At its core, age-related decline is a result of harmful changes in molecular structure and function caused by many factors. These changes not only increase one’s risk of neurodegeneration and disease, but result in biochemical wear and tear to our tissues and organs. In response, our bodies elicit an inflammatory response, which accelerates the aging process further(1).Decreasing harmful inflammation, enhancing your body’s ability to heal, and improving brain wave activity are a few of the highly effective ways to fight back against the damaging effects of aging.

 

Extivita Therapies for Healthy Aging:

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Neurofeedback
  • Nutritional IV Therapy
  • Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy

Healthy Aging

Aging is defined as steady, progressive decline in mental and physical function due to physiological degeneration. Although many believe that this decline is unavoidable, there are steps you can take to minimize and slow the aging process (and maybe even reverse it). At its core, age-related decline is a result of harmful changes in molecular structure and function caused by many factors. These changes not only increase one’s risk of neurodegeneration and disease, but result in biochemical wear and tear to our tissues and organs. In response, our bodies elicit an inflammatory response, which accelerates the aging process further(1).Decreasing harmful inflammation, enhancing your body’s ability to heal, and improving brain wave activity are a few of the highly effective ways to fight back against the damaging effects of aging.

 

Extivita Therapies for Healthy Aging:

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Neurofeedback
  • Nutritional IV Therapy
  • Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy

Extivita Therapies Healthy Aging:

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Healthy Aging

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Neurofeedback for Healthy Aging

Neurofeedback

Supplements for Healthy Aging

Supplements

IV Therapy for Healthy Aging

Nutritional IV Therapy

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) for Healthy Aging

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT):

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) can address consequences of age-related deterioration effectively and safely(1). The combined effects of breathing oxygen and pressure leads to significant oxygen levels in our tissues, restoring tissue metabolism and turning on genes that reduce inflammation as well as modulate growth and repair. HBOT also increases the availability of stem cells, providing a regenerative healing effect to any tissue damaged by the effects of aging(2).

 

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Effects of HBOT on Healthy Aging:

Grows New Blood Vessels

New Blood Vessel Formation

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy stimulates the formation of new blood vessels, healing injured tissues that were unable to get nutrients and oxygen.

Increases Stem Cell Production

Increased Stem Cell Activity

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy mobilizes stem progenitor cells (SPCs) from the bone marrow, creating the opportunity for tissue regeneration.

Decreases Inflammation

Decreased Inflammation

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy reduces systemic inflammation by increasing anti-inflammatory gene expression and decreasing proinflammatory genes.

Neurofeedback Therapy for Healthy Aging in Durham, NC

Neurofeedback:

Neurofeedback can prevent and/or reduce cognitive decline and other issues that occur as we age. Protocols typically involve decreasing theta brain waves and increasing high alpha and beta brain waves to correct for age-related EEG abnormalities(3-8). Neurofeedback can also reduce non-EEG-related changes that occur as we age, such as less efficient neural connectivity, brain tissue deterioration, and elevated cortisol levels(9-13). These changes impair processing speed and executive functions, especially those like memory and attention(10-13). Neurofeedback can reduce these impairments by strengthening neural connections, increasing nerve tissue volume, and decreasing cortisol levels(14-17). Lastly, neurofeedback can help poor sleep quality and sleep duration, both of which are common effects of aging(18-20).

 

Common EEG Abnormalities Associated with Aging:

  1. Increased theta activity (4-7 Hz)
  2. Decreased peak alpha frequency (10-12 Hz)
  3. Decreased beta activity (15-20 Hz)

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IV Therapy:

The Myer’s Cocktail IV and Glutathione IV can provide protective effects against age-related impairment. Although our bodies have innate protective and repair mechanisms such as enzymes and antioxidants, these mechanisms start to deteriorate over time significantly increases our risk of to age-related damage. While these protective mechanisms weaken, our bodies are exposed to toxins, and levels of harmful free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) increase. Both free radicals and ROS rapidly accelerate the aging process. The Myers Cocktail IV contains vitamin C (an antioxidant) and other nutrients and minerals, and the Glutathione IV is powerful antioxidant itself. Both these IV’s actively decrease free radical levels, inflammation, and the cellular damage that can lead to aging and disease(21).

 

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Nutritional IV Therapy for Healthy Aging in Durham, NC

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) for Healthy Aging in Durham, NC

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF):

Pulse electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF) can help with several issues that occur with aging due to its effects on microcirculation and anti-inflammatory properties. Microcirculation, which refers to the blood flow through your smallest arteries and veins, has been shown to decline with age(22). Microcirculation provides your tissues with blood, oxygen, and nutrients while also removing harmful toxins, so healthy levels are essential. When microcirculation decreases, your body cannot heal injuries effectively, respond to stress well, and your risk of neurological diseases increases(22, 23). PEMF also decreases inflammation, which can cause serious damage to your cells. .

 

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