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:

Extivita Therapies for 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 for Healthy Aging:

The biological process of aging occurs as our cells’ chromosomes progressively shorten during cell division, diminishing their physiological capacity. At the cellular level, telomere shortening and cellular senescence are two hallmarks of aging. This degenerative state is accompanied by stem cell depletion, inflammation and metabolic dysfunction(1).

At a certain point, the telomeres become so short that cells stop dividing. Oxidative DNA damage and stress, which are linked with lifestyle choices as well as genetic and environmental factors, hasten telomere shortening and dysfunction(2). The intermittent application of HBOT decreases oxidative stress by inducing increase expression of antioxidant enzymes and anti- inflammatory proteins(3).

Recent research show that HBOT, under certain protocols, can induce telomere lengthening significantly and decrease the number of senescent cells, reversing the two principle biological processes associated with aging(4).

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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 for Healthy Aging:

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 for Healthy Aging:

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

BEMER Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy in Durham, NC

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy for Healthy Aging:

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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News & Research for Healthy Aging:

Stress and telomere shortening: Insights from cellular mechanisms

Stress and telomere shortening: Insights from cellular mechanisms

Short telomeres confer risk of degenerative diseases. Chronic psychological stress can lead to disease through many pathways, and research from in vitro studies to human longitudinal studies has pointed to stress-induced telomere damage as an important pathway. However, there has not been a comprehensive model to describe how changes in stress physiology and neuroendocrine pathways can lead to changes in telomere biology.

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Telomeres: history, health, and hallmarks of aging

Telomeres: history, health, and hallmarks of aging

The escalating social and economic burden of an aging world population has placed aging research at center stage. The hallmarks of aging comprise diverse molecular mechanisms and cellular systems that are interrelated and act in concert to drive the aging process. Here, through the lens of telomere biology, we examine how telomere dysfunction may amplify or drive molecular biological processes underlying each hallmark of aging and contribute to development of age-related diseases such as neurodegeneration and cancer.

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References

Chakravarti, Deepavali et al. “Telomeres: history, health, and hallmarks of aging.” Cell vol. 184,2 (2021): 306-322. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2020.12.028
Lin, Jue, and Elissa Epel. “Stress and telomere shortening: Insights from cellular mechanisms.” Ageing research reviews vol. 73 (2022): 101507. doi:10.1016/j.arr.2021.101507
Thom, Stephen R. “Oxidative stress is fundamental to hyperbaric oxygen therapy.” Journal of applied physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985) vol. 106,3 (2009): 988-95. doi:10.1152/japplphysiol.91004.2008
Hadanny, Amir, and Shai Efrati. “The Hyperoxic-Hypoxic Paradox.” Biomolecules vol. 10,6 958. 25 Jun. 2020, doi:10.3390/biom10060958

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