How to Plan Your Beauty Calendar Like a Pro!
Botox and fillers and lasers, oh my!
Nowadays, there are so many aesthetic treatments that you can use to prevent, repair, and even reverse the signs of aging. Not to mention all the ones that simply enhance or improve some of your least favorite facial features.
The reality is, a lot of these treatments provide similar results: softer lines and wrinkles, more even skin tone, and a smoother, fuller, younger-looking appearance overall. However, many of them work in different ways and, therefore, work best when done in combination.
So how do you choose? And where do you start?
USE VISIA TO ANTI-AGE WITH GRACE
At NEXT|HEALTH we recommend starting with a VISIAⓇ skin analysis to address your overall skin health, identify underlying damage, and pinpoint your exact aesthetic needs.
This cutting-edge 3D facial scanning technology provides imaging and data on all aspects of your skin health: texture, pores, superficial sun damage, deep sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, and bacteria. It shows both surface and subsurface skin damage, before it is even visible to the eye.
VISIAⓇ redefines what it means to “age with grace.” It takes the guesswork out of creating a targeted skin repair and enhancement plan.
With your initial VISIAⓇ scan, one of our highly-trained aesthetic nurses can determine your NEXT|BEAUTY skin optimization and anti-aging regimen, based on your unique needs and aesthetic goals. You can use your skin analysis to target and reverse underlying skin damage before it even shows up on your face.
Once you start your NEXT|BEAUTY protocol, you can then use your follow-up VISIAⓇ scans (we recommend 2-3 per year) to track your progress with the advanced skin imaging and data.
With VISIA, you can watch yourself anti-age with grace.
Your NEXT|BEAUTY aesthetics regimen will likely include a combination of regenerative and cosmetic treatments in order to obtain maximum results. Let’s review each of the different treatments so that you know what to expect and how to schedule them in a way that ensures you get the best possible results.
Wrinkle relaxing injections, like BotoxⓇ and DysportⓇ, reduce the appearance of frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines. They temporarily soften the muscle movements responsible for these common signs of aging, smoothing out existing wrinkles and preventing them from developing further.
MICRONEEDLING (WITH PRP)
Microneedling uses tiny, short needles to create micro-channels in the skin. This stimulates your body’s repair and regeneration process and the production of collagen and elastin, which give the skin volume and elasticity. Microneedling can be combined with your body’s own platelet rich plasma (PRP) to further enhance the results, due to the addition of PRP’s naturally-occurring repair and growth factors.
Hyaluronic acid fillers like JuvedermⓇ and RestylaneⓇ can be injected under the skin to restore or enhance volume in the face. As we get older, our bodies naturally produce less collagen and elastin, which results in visible signs of aging, like deep creases, facial hollows, and sagging skin. Volumizing fillers are a quick, non-surgical way to take years off in the way of facial aging as well as to provide cosmetic enhancements, like fuller lips, nose shaping, and more definition to jaw and cheek lines.
LASER HAIR REMOVAL
This cosmetic treatment uses a laser to target and permanently destroy hair follicles, eliminating unwanted hair and the need to shave, wax, or tweeze on a regular basis.
LASER SKIN RESURFACING
Laser skin resurfacing uses advanced laser technology to repair damaged skin and reduce visible signs of aging. It works by exfoliating the outermost layers of the skin to remove damaged layers, while stimulating cellular regeneration and collagen production.
Our NEXT|BEAUTY advanced laser treatments include the MicroLaserPeelⓇ, a targeted laser peel that smooths and tightens skin and improves superficial irregularities, and the Forever Young BBL™, an innovative technology that uses broadband light therapy to rejuvenate the skin and reverse the signs of aging.
The Forever Young BBL™ is the only device that has been shown to change the expression of genes associated with aging and longevity.
YOUR BE-YOU-TY CALENDAR
To follow all treatment guidelines and ensure optimal results, it is best to plan your aesthetic calendar according to the "seasons." Of course, if your NEXT|BEAUTY regimen includes a combination of treatments, as most do, you can see how it can become confusing to track what treatments to do, when, and how often.
So we are going to take the confusion out of it.
We’ve put together a handy appointment calendar that covers all your aesthetics bases, plans around holidays, and combines treatments into a single appointment, whenever possible.
Use this Annual Be-YOU-ty Maintenance Calendar to plan and schedule your your NEXT|BEAUTY aesthetics regimen. Then use your VISIAⓇ facial scans to see how the most advanced regenerative and aesthetic technology can bring out the best version of you and help you anti-age with grace.
“Detoxing” is the wellness trend-du-jour. From detox foot pads, to colon hydrotherapy, to juice cleanses, the health and weight loss industry is cashing in on our fears of what this increasingly toxic environment is doing to our health.
But are all these detox potions, pills, and protocols money well-spent, or are we all just buying snake oil?
Many argue that “detoxing”--by way of diet, fast, supplements, or other therapies--is flat out unnecessary. Why? Because your body is adept at detoxing itself. In fact, it has numerous systems and processes by which it does so: the liver, kidneys, digestive system, skin, and lungs all play a role in detoxification.
A compelling counterargument to this, though, is that our modern world is far more toxic than the human body is evolved to handle. In other words, our food, water, and air inundate us every day with a harmful chemical load that may surpass what our detox systems can manage.
Bottom line: we live in a world with an unprecedented level of toxins, and how efficiently and effectively our bodies filter out these toxins makes all the difference to our health and vitality.
WHAT IS DETOXIFICATION?
Detoxification is your body’s way of eliminating unnecessary, often harmful, toxins and waste. There are many “detox pathways” through which your body eliminates these substances:
WHAT ARE TOXINS?
Anything that interferes with homeostasis and affects the body’s ability to function optimally can be considered a toxin. Here are some common toxins we encounter in modern living:
Almost every aspect of our daily lives--our air, water, food, cleaning supplies, home decor, cosmetics/personal care products--exposes us to these unnatural and potentially harmful chemicals.
WHY IS DETOXIFICATION SO IMPORTANT?
Even if you don’t live in an urban environment, near industrial factories, or in an agricultural region, you may still be exposed to their contaminants.
Industrial pollutants leach into the soil, water, and air, where they can travel through waterways and jetstreams and reach destinations thousands of miles from their origin. In fact, industrial chemicals, like PFAs, which are used in a variety of commercial products, have become so pervasive throughout our global environment, they have been detected in the arctic and are attributed to causing brain damage in polar bears.
Just as our economy has become global, so too has our environmental pollution.
The Environmental Working Group--a non-profit organization committed to protecting human health and the environment--conducts extensive research and studies on the prevalence and health-effects of toxins. Here are some of their findings:
So, imagine you are at a café having lunch. You score a little table on the sidewalk patio and order a seared ahi salad and a glass of water. Over the course of that lunch, you will likely consume pesticides from the lettuce, mercury from the tuna, industrial contaminants from the water, exhaust fumes from passing cars, and, perhaps, second hand smoke from pedestrians. In just one hour, you might consume more toxins than your grandparents did in a week, or even a month.
Now imagine a cup sitting under a leaky faucet. Every drip from that faucet into the cup represents a toxin going into your body: pesticides, one drop, mercury, one drop, water contaminants, one drop, and so on. Until, the drops eventually overflow your cup…
When your body’s detox pathways can’t eliminate toxins as fast as they come in, the toxins accumulate within tissues, organs, and fat cells until they eventually “overflow the cup.” This is toxic overload--the point at which the toxic burden impairs the healthy functioning of your organs and systems.
Toxic overload is associated with many health problems, including autoimmune disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.
SYMPTOMS OF TOXIC OVERLOAD
Just fifty years ago, it was estimated that 1 in 5,000 people suffered from an autoimmune condition. Today that number is closer to 1 in 5.
Autoimmunity is complex and likely results from a combination of factors, but there is strong indication that toxins play a role in the development of autoimmune conditions. Many symptoms of toxic overload and autoimmunity are, after all, one in the same:
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SUPPORT DETOXIFICATION?
Don’t let the voodoo detoxes out there deter you completely. There are many scientifically proven ways to support your body’s own detoxification systems and ensure your detox pathways are functioning optimally.
While you don’t have complete control over many environmental factors, like air quality or water contamination, you do have control over what you eat. Supporting your gut health and eating foods that promote detoxification is a powerful way to combat toxic exposure.
It is important to eat organic whenever possible to minimize exposure to harmful pesticides. The fewer chemicals you ingest, the fewer your body has to eliminate.
Fiber and antioxidants are essential to detoxification. Leafy greens and colorful fruits and vegetables are naturally high in both fiber and antioxidants, which help your body to flush out toxins and combat free radicals.
Sulfur-containing vegetables, like cruciferous veggies, onions, and garlic, have been shown to support elimination of heavy metals like cadmium. Certain herbs, like Cilantro, have also been shown to enhance chelation of heavy metals and promote detoxification within the body.
Prebiotic and probiotic foods like sauerkraut, chicory root, and whole grains, can help restore and rebalance the gut microbiome, the helpful bacteria that live in our digestive tract and promote good digestion and gut health.
Of course, you also want to limit sugar, processed foods, and alcohol, which can stress and damage the organs and systems essential to detoxification. High sugar and/or alcohol intake, for example, have been linked to fatty liver disease which impairs the liver’s ability to function properly. And, as you recall, the liver is one of the most essential detox organs in the body.
LIFESTYLE & HOME
Our indoor environments may be more toxic than the air pollution we breathe outside. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, concentrations of some pollutants are two to five times higher indoors than typical outdoor levels. And, with the average American spending 90 percent of their time indoors, it becomes apparent why detoxifying your home is essential. Here are a few tips:
Developing a consistent exercise routine or utilizing saunas is a great way to cleanse the body of toxins like lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury and BPA. Deep sweating is one of the oldest forms of detoxification, as evidenced by sweat lodges found in most traditional cultures. With infrared saunas, you can enjoy the benefits of safe, extended detoxification through sweating without the uncomfortable high-heat of a traditional sauna.
SUPPLEMENTS & THERAPIES
Do to modern agriculture and mineral-depleted soil, many of our foods just aren’t at nutrient-dense as they once were. And given the sheer volume of our toxic exposure, even the best detox-promoting diet and lifestyle can sometimes fall short in combating toxic overwhelm.
There are many supplements and therapies specifically formulated to support the body’s detoxification systems. Antioxidants like curcumin and glutathione, for example, are touted for their ability to enhance liver and immune function, combat free radicals, and bind to toxins.
Glutathione and many other vitamins and minerals with targeted detoxification properties, are also available as an IV therapy. The Detox IV at Next|Health is specially formulated with taurine, folic acid (folate), vitamin B12, theanine, magnesium, B complex, and vitamin D.
LEARN YOUR GENETIC RISK FACTORS
There are some genetic mutations, like MTHFR, that can interfere with your body’s ability to detox efficiently. If you suffer from symptoms of toxic overload, you may want to test for these genetic risk factors so that you can compensate with supplements or lifestyle interventions to better support these detox pathways.
THE BOTTOM LINE
The human body today faces an unprecedented volume of toxins, the long-term health effects of which are yet to be understood. But, if rising rates of autoimmune disease and other chronic illnesses are any indication, there is certainly cause for concern.
We are not separate from our environment. As the environment becomes increasingly polluted, the toxic burden on our bodies increases as well. This is why it is so important to support our detox organs and systems, like our liver and digestion.
Eating plenty of organic, colorful vegetables and detoxifying our home environment can help reduce our toxic exposure and provide our detox pathways with the necessary phytonutrients to eliminate toxins and fight free radicals.
Incorporating targeted supplements and therapies, like curcumin, glutathione, and infrared saunas can help fill in where diet and lifestyle leave off to optimize our detoxification processes.
You may not realize it, but your body is a battleground.
At any given time, there are wars waging within you, the outcome of which directly impact your health. When good prevails, you evade illnesses you didn’t even know were in your body, be it a common cold or something more severe, like cancer. When evil prevails, you get sick.
And the allied forces battling tirelessly for your health? Your immune system.
WHAT IS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM?
The immune system is just that--a system. It is a highly complex network of organs, cells, tissues, and proteins that work together to fight off “evil”--pathogens (viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites) and mutated cells (cancer cells) that cause infection and disease.
A healthy immune response is your biggest line of defense against illness.
Conversely, an overactive or underactive immune response can actually work against you by allowing, or even supporting, the growth of disease. An example of this is autoimmunity, in which an overactive immune system actually starts attacking healthy cells and destroying the body’s own tissues.
The immune system also plays an important role in the prevention and treatment of cancer. Of course, unlike pathogens which come from outside the body, cancer cells come from mutations in the body’s own cells. This can make it trickier for the immune system to identify them as a threat.
Supporting a healthy, balanced immune system is essential to health optimization and disease prevention.
HOW CAN WE SUPPORT THE IMMUNE SYSTEM?
Unfortunately, it takes more than the occasional orange-flavored Vitamin C powder to keep your immune system (and health) in tip-top shape.
Your entire lifestyle--stress levels, sleep patterns, exercise (or lack thereof)--can impact your immune function, for better or for worse.
Getting seven to nine hours of quality, uninterrupted sleep every night, committing to a regular exercise regimen, and managing stress with a mindfulness practice like meditation can all support a healthy immune response.
The foods you eat, especially, can mean the difference between sending your allied forces to battle with a full military arsenal or pushing them into the trenches with merely a knapsack of sticks and stones.
10 FOODS TO SUPPORT IMMUNE HEALTH
Inflammatory foods like alcohol, fried foods, processed meats, refined carbohydrates, and sugars stress the immune system, stripping it of its armor and leaving it ill-equipped to fight for your health. It is best to avoid or limit these foods.
A combat-ready immune system relies on a well-stocked arsenal of vitamins and minerals. These can be found in whole, unprocessed foods like these ten immune-boosters:
1. CRUCIFEROS VEGETABLES
While all vegetables are micronutrient powerhouses, cruciferous vegetables have unique properties that make them particularly powerful when it comes to boosting immunity and fighting cancer.
This diverse group of veggies consists of broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, arugula, collards, watercress, and radishes.
They contain sulforaphane, a sulfur-rich compound with anticancer properties. Consuming at least one portion of cruciferous veggies per week as compared with no or occasional consumption has been associated with a significantly reduced risk of colorectal, breast, and kidney cancer.
2. KAKADU PLUMS
Native to Australia, Kakadu plums are the richest known food source of Vitamin C on the planet. In fact, they contain 100 times the concentration found in an orange (up to 5,000 mg per 100g of fruit)!
Vitamin C is a well-known immune booster. It supports many functions of immune cells and acts as an antioxidant, fighting against harmful free radicals which can cause oxidative stress and impair immunity.
Your body doesn’t produce or store this immuno-supportive vitamin, which is why daily consumption of foods that contain Vitamin C is so important for your health.
If you can’t track down Kakadu plums, don’t worry! There are many other great sources of Vitamin C: papaya, bell peppers, kiwi, kale, spinach, strawberries, and citrus fruits.
3. BONE BROTH
This traditional healing food has seen a resurgence in popularity-- and for good reason!
Bone broth contains arginine, an amino acid which is essential for immune system function.
Bone broth is also rich in collagen, a compound that supports the function and repair of connective tissues and may help repair the gut lining. Leaky gut, a condition in which the intestinal barrier becomes compromised, has been linked to chronic inflammation and immune dysfunction, along with their associated illnesses, including cancer.
Bone marrow also contains lipids, especially alkylglycerols, which are necessary for the production of white blood cells. Alkylglycerols have been shown to boost the immune system and decrease the growth of cancerous tumors.
4. FERMENTED FOODS
There are trillions of bacteria that reside within the digestive tract. This “microbiome” plays a critical role in digestive health as well as immunity and cancer prevention.
Many aspects of modern society have been found to impact the microbiome: overuse of antibiotics, changes in diet, and modern sanitation practices.
Changes in the diversity or population of the gut flora can alter immune responses and inflammation levels, both in the gut and throughout the body. Furthermore, this may impact its ability to maintain balanced immune responses, which is believed to contribute to the rise in chronic inflammatory and autoimmune disorders, like irritable bowel disease and multiple sclerosis.
Fermented foods contain loads of beneficial bacteria, or probiotics, which can help restore the gut flora. These foods include kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, yogurt, miso, and tempeh.
But look out for sugar! Many kombuchas, yogurts, and kefirs contain added sugars which stress the immune system. Opt for the plain versions and add your own antioxidant-rich berries for flavor.
They might not be the most obvious health food, but oysters are abundant in zinc, an important trace element and immune system regulator.
Dubbed the “gatekeeper of the immune system,” zinc is essential to the function of virtually all immune cells.
Zinc deficiency is associated with immune dysfunction, which can lead to the development of allergies, inflammation, and diseases like multiple sclerosis, cancer, and diabetes.
If you aren’t a fan of oysters, other dietary sources of zinc include sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, and chickpeas.
It’s no coincidence that legumes are the cornerstone blue zone diets. The blue zones are five areas in the world where people live the longest with the lowest incidence of chronic illness.
Legumes are rich in immune-enhancing phytonutrients and they are particularly high in fiber.
Studies show that soluble fiber actually changes the behavior of immune cells from pro-inflammatory to anti-inflammatory, helping us recover faster from infection. It does this by increasing production of an anti-inflammatory protein called interleukin-4.
Another reason fiber is so important is that we can’t digest it, but our microbiome can. Soluble fiber acts as a prebiotic, feeding the population of beneficial gut bacteria that plays a key role in our digestion and immunity.
Legumes include beans (fava, black, soy, garbanzo, kidney, pinto, navy), lentils, peas, peanuts.
These tiny seeds pack a triple immune-boosting punch.
Ground flaxseeds are high in alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid), soluble fiber, and are the richest source of lignans (phytoestrogens that function like antioxidants) on the planet.
Omega 3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory and immune-enhancing properties. They may also prevent or inhibit the growth of cancers: alpha-linolenic acid has been shown to suppress the growth of prostate, breast, and bladder cancers.
These important fatty acids are sensitive to environmental factors (oxygen, heat, humidity, etc.). So, for maximum potency, refrigerate your flaxseed in an air-tight container and grind the seeds yourself with a coffee or spice grinder.
Other great sources of Omega 3 fatty acids include chia seeds, oily fish (mackerel, tuna, salmon, sardines, herring, and trout), and walnuts.
Almonds are high in Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that plays an important role in immune function. Your body cannot produce Vitamin E, which means it must be obtained through diet and/or supplementation.
Almonds also contain other important micronutrients like manganese, magnesium, and fiber.
Other foods that contain Vitamin E include sunflower seeds, peanuts, hazelnuts, spinach and broccoli.
9. GREEN TEA
Studies have shown that both black and green teas have cancer preventative mechanisms which mitigate cell mutation, replication, and tumor development. One reason for this may be that tea is high in polyphenols--antioxidant compounds that give vegetables, fruits, grains, and flowers their bright colors.
There is one polyphenol found almost exclusively in green tea: epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).
EGCG contribute to the healthy functioning of several body systems, especially the immune system. Several types of immune cells are known to be affected by EGCG. Its ability to regulate T cells is particularly beneficial, as dysregulated T cell function plays a key role in the development of autoimmunity.
10. SOCKEYE SALMON
Wild-caught sockeye salmon is rich in astaxanthin.
This plant compound is what gives salmon its deep orange color and is one of the most powerful antioxidants found in nature.
In fact, it’s antioxidant power has been shown to be 6,000 times greater than Vitamin C, 3,000 times greater than resveratrol, and 800 times greater than CoQ10.
Astaxanthin has also been shown to enhance immune response, decrease DNA damage, and lower C-reactive protein levels (a marker of inflammation).
Whenever possible, opt for wild-caught salmon rather than farm-raised. It contains substantially higher levels of astaxanthin do to its natural diet, which is high in astaxanthin-rich algae. The feed given to farmed salmon contains little, if any, algae which is why farm-raised salmon is usually much paler in color than wild salmon.
Other sources of astaxanthin include red trout, krill, shrimp, crab, and algae.
Your cells talk to each other.
And your health, longevity, and ability to prevent and fight disease all depend on what they are saying.
Like a little community, cells share messages that influence each others’ behavior. Research shows that cells who lose this ability to properly communicate with other cells may lose the ability to carry out their functions effectively.
It seems, just like with humans, social isolation is detrimental to cellular health.
The job of a cell is two-fold: it must not only regulate its own growth and behavior, but also direct the growth and behavior of the entire cellular system (you). Without proper signaling and guidance from the rest of the cell community, how could a cell possibly know what the system needs and how it should function to best support those needs?
Effective cell-to-cell communication is essential to maintain a healthy cellular environment.
HOW DO CELLS COMMUNICATE?
Cells communicate through a complex language of chemical signals: genetic codes, hormones, and proteins. All of these transmit important information about the cellular environment and influence individual cell formation and behavior.
Cells that are in close proximity to one another can communicate through contact, passing these chemical signals back and forth through tiny pores.
But what about long-distance communication?
Just like we use telephones or mail services to transport information to our long distance friends, cells utilize their own version of a courier service: exosomes.
WHAT ARE EXOSOMES?
Exosomes are tiny messenger bubbles released from cells. Acting as shuttles for important genetic material, they play an essential role in the cellular communication process.
Exosomes are not cells themselves, nor do they contain DNA. Rather, they behave somewhat like conductors, sending signals that instruct their target cells how to perform.
One millionth the size of a hair follicle, exosomes contain molecules, like proteins and RNA, from their cells of origin. They float from cell to cell, transporting these molecules--the genetic information that serves as the language of cells--and thus influence cell behavior. Studies indicate that exosomes actually enter into cells to release this information.
Exosomes have unique functions in many physiological processes, from immune function and wound healing to intercellular communication and regeneration.
EXOSOMES & REGENERATIVE MEDICINE
When cells degenerate over time, or as a result of injury or trauma, the health and function of our tissues and organs are affected.
The continual and progressive degeneration of cells is what causes degenerative diseases. These can affect the nervous system (neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s), the circulatory system (coronary artery disease), bones and joints (osteoarthritis), or lead to the pervasive growth of abnormal cells (cancer).
Typically, stem cells are responsible for cell rejuvenation but sometimes become hindered by external factors and are thus unable to provide all of the information needed for healing.
Regenerative medicine is centered on the idea of interrupting cellular degeneration by replacing or regenerating cells in order to establish normal or optimal function.
The exosomes found in young, healthy stem cells are particularly enriched with the proteins, lipids, and RNA messaging essential for cellular regeneration. Introducing external stem cell-derived exosomes can support the healing and regenerative efforts of existing stem cells by delivering new information to the cells.
Research shows that when these stem cell-derived exosomes are introduced to older cells, they can have powerful effects on regulating the regenerative processes in the body.
WHAT IS EXOSOME THERAPY?
Exosome therapy uses exosomes from young, healthy stem cells to optimize cellular communication and enhance the regenerative processes that promote healing, disease prevention, and longevity.
Unlike stem cell therapy, exosome therapy uses the stem cell’s messengers (exosomes), rather than the cells themselves, to stimulate healing and rejuvenate your own cells. Essentially, exosome therapy modulates the communication between cells by introducing highly communicative exosomes to transmit messages of healing and regeneration to target cells.
In this cutting-edge treatment, stem cell-derived exosomes are administered through an IV. This can be done alone or in combination with other regenerative therapies like PRP, cellular therapy, NAD, peptides, or aesthetic treatments, like microneedling, for added restorative benefits.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
As part of an anti-aging and longevity protocol, exosome therapy has been reported to improve cognition and mental clarity, reduce inflammation, increase athletic performance, and enhance sexual health.
Stem cell-derived exosomes have also been shown to have therapeutic properties in liver disease, regenerative potential in osteoarthritis, as well as protective effects against heart damage from a heart attack or artery blockage.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Anyone looking to optimize vitality and longevity, slow the aging process, or enhance physical, mental, or sexual performance should look into exosome therapy.
Exosome therapy may also be an option for people suffering from chronic inflammation, persistent bacterial infections like Lyme disease, autoimmune conditions, or degenerative diseases.
Exosome therapy has been hailed as the “new frontier” in stem cell therapy. At NEXT|HEALTH®, we are committed to staying on the forefront of medical advancements and we are excited to give you access to this cutting-edge treatment.
Humans are wired for connection, and close relationships make us feel seen and appreciated and give us a sense of belonging, which in turn reduces stress. The smaller the circle the more genuine the relationship. Keeping a close circle also enables you more time and energy for yourself as opposed to the large amounts of time spent maintaining a number of less genuine connections.
Between the environment and our lifestyles, our bodies take a beating and work overtime to counteract the stress we put it under. The endorphin release paired with the reduction of inflammation that Cryo gives helps balance the body and mind.
Moments of stillness are the complete counterpart to stress. Forms of meditation & breath-work are essential to supporting the body’s need for decompression, health, vitality, and longevity.
Regular routines for waking up and going to bed help our bodies regulate our circadian rhythm and get the most out of our sleep. Sleep plays a major role in our physical and mental well-being, and being well-rested will, in turn, improve our ability to handle stress.
Our Diets are often overlooked as part of the stress-fighting picture. Eating a healthy diet can reduce the negative effects that stress has on our bodies. A healthy diet builds a solid, more resilient foundation for your body's environment by reducing oxidation and inflammation. Get all your vitamins & minerals to help manage stress with our Stress IV Therapy Drip.
Break up your stress by unwinding. Take a break. A vacation every 6 months, a weekend getaway every 6 weeks, and a 1 hour break every 6 hours is just about right. Studies show that people who take vacations have less risk of heart disease, a better outlook on life, and more motivation to achieve goals.
May is Mental Health Awareness month, and so let’s talk about your brain. Do you keep it healthy? Do you include mental strength training in your regular routine? Do you prioritize your brain health?
What Is Brain Health?
When we're talking about brain health, we mean the ability to remember, learn, play, concentrate, and maintain a clear, active mind. Simply, brain health means making the most of your brain. But just like any other muscle, you lose what you don’t use. To maximize your brain health, you need to make brain hygiene a priority in your daily routine.
Why Exercise the Mind?
No one questions the benefits of exercise on the body. Our journey to optimizing our health encompasses both our physical and mental well-being. As often as we exercise the body, it is important for us to also engage in the mental exercises that sharpen our brain (mental) function. The brain exerts central control over the overall functioning of the human body and is also the central processing point for memory, concentration, and cognition, among other mental activities.
Here are 5 BENEFITS associated with mental exercises:
How Do I Know if My Brain is Healthy?
Knowing where you currently score by using an app like BrainCheck, and keeping track of that score on a monthly or quarterly basis, should be a regular part of your health care routine. If you find that your score is slipping or that you are in a brain fog, it’s imperative that you proactively address your “brain care” so the damage doesn’t stack up to the point of no return.
What Do Researchers Say?
Current research indicates that a diet low in saturated fats and cholesterol, rich in good fats like polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids, and packed with nutrients such as vitamin E and lutein, may protect brain cells and promote brain health. Regular sleep and exercise also contribute to a healthy brain. There is also support for improving brain health by learning, completing logic puzzles, and playing games.
Brain fog, poor focus, lack of concentration, and declining memory could be indicative of a micronutrient deficiency. It may be a good idea to check your micronutrient levels to see if you may need to make a diet change or add supplementation to your brain health regime.
How Can I Improve My Brain Health?
For an activity to be effective in exercising your brain, it is critical that it involves most, if not all, of your five senses - sound, smell, sight, touch, and taste. It also helps to stick to real-world activities (which will mean dropping your mobile device for a few minutes).
Here are 5 exercises to help build your mental fitness. Find an activity that engages all your senses at the same time.
How Else Can I Help My Brain Stay Healthy?
We know that nutrition is key in maintaining a healthy brain, but we also know that in today’s world it is a challenge to get all of those nutrients solely from our diet. However, not all supplements are made equal. This is where Next|Health has your back. We’ve done the research for you and have gathered under one roof a literal “brain health playground” to help supplement your daily brain health routine.
Our Brain Health IV is packed with amino acids and vitamins, including glutamine, l-glycine, and biotin (B vitamin). It is carefully designed to improve your focus, boost your energy, and improve your mood. Acetyl-L-Carnitine has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, allowing for optimized brain function and clarity, and taurine works to protect the brain muscle and support the slowing of muscle degeneration.
This IV also comes with a CoQ10 vitamin shot. CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant that maximizes cellular energy and protects the nervous system.
A Glutathione Push is also a great add-on to any IV. The mother of all antioxidants, glutathione supports healthy brain function, assists in tissue building and repair, and supports the immune system.
Research has shown that inflammation is a key contributor to many degenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease. Cryotherapy and Infrared Light Therapy reduce inflammation and increase cellular energy, making them great additions to your brain care routine.
More Questions? Want More Information?
If you want to learn more about the importance of brain health and neurological wellness, as well as discover new, noninvasive methods and mental exercises for alleviating symptoms of many neurological conditions and improving mental health, check out this video of our May FOREFRONT event. Peter Opperman and Board-Certified Neurosurgeon, Dr. Amir Vokshoor, both share the most recent research on brain health, technology, and holistic care.
The brain is the most important organ in the body. Therefore, make sure to include brain health as a priority in your usual health care regimen.
STAY MIND FIT!
There are very few studies done on humans as of yet, but those done show a relationship between our microbiome and the metabolization of the foods we ingest, as well as how effectively our body is able to convert and use those nutrients to its benefit. Our microbiome also initiates our immune response and plays a role in how effectively it responds to inflammation and disease. Essentially, the healthier the biome, the more effective our body will be at responding to the stress, disease, and inflammation that we encounter daily. Americans’ diets today consist in a large part of simple sugars, carbohydrates, and processed foods. These are not optimal for sustaining a healthy microbiome, and the result is an upward trend in obesity. A genomics specialist from Washington University School of Medicine was quoted in the New York Times as having said, “The nutritional value of food is influenced in part by the microbial community that encounters that food.” He is referring to the fact that a healthy microbiome will be best supported by a plant-based diet (fruits and vegetables), which will in turn enable it to pull even more nutrition from the ingested food, thus keeping us at optimal health.
THE MICROBIOME - WHY IT MATTERS
Scientists have also found that the health of our microbiomes could play a large role in either preventing or aiding the development of various neuropsychiatric disorders: schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, and depression. The brain and gut share a very intimate connection. For example, just the thought of eating can begin the process of producing digestive fluids in the stomach. Similarly, a feeling of anxiety can induce a clenching and sometimes cramping feeling in the gut. That biofeedback loop between the brain and gut is incredibly strong, and research has suggested that an unbalanced microbiome could induce the production of antibodies that can adversely affect the blood-brain barrier, thereby enabling the development of these and other neuropsychiatric disorders.
Scientists are also aware that a great number of antibodies - which are responsible for fighting off disease - are produced by gut bacteria. We can conclude that our gut plays a large role in fighting off and preventing disease - both acute and chronic.
Bulletproof Labs,® an affiliate of Next|Health and a self-defined biohacking facility dedicated to training you to “hack” your own biology in order to achieve advanced cognitive and physical function, has been using grass-fed ghee for years in its signature Bulletproof Coffee®. Founder David Asprey made it his mission to find out what best helps our bodies and brains feel alive and well, and on a Tibetan mountain he found ghee. From there he developed the one-of-a-kind Bulletproof Coffee®, which uses Bulletproof Labs’® own high-quality, grass-fed ghee.
If you’re more of a DIY-er, the Institute of Functional Medicine has published a recipe called Better Butter with Ghee. It is a replacement for regular butter and is made mostly of Ghee, along with colostrum powder, L-glutamine, and zinc carnosine. These additional supplements serve to support cell metabolism, a balanced immune system, and ulcer-prevention. The recipe and directions are as follows:
It is crucial for our overall wellness that we prioritize the health of the inside of our bodies as well as we do the outside. If you want to improve your mood and feel energized both physically and mentally, then give Next|Health’s Gut Health IV a try. It provides your body with a boost of essential amino acids and anti-inflammatory agents that optimize and improve your overall gut health.
If you want to pack an even stronger punch, try the Next|Health Limitless Shot. This shot is composed of the power couple Biotin & MIC. Biotin is great for improving digestion and supporting a healthy metabolism and goes hand-in-hand with MIC, an aid in burning fat and increasing energy.
Remember, our gut is our “second brain,” meaning it plays a role in our physical, emotional, and mental health. So don’t forget those little microbes - they may just be the most important part yet!
If you haven’t heard of Metformin yet, chances are you soon will. It’s one of the biggest unkept secrets of celebrities and billionaires who are looking to extend their lives indefinitely.
Metformin, produced from the French lilac plant, has actually been around for decades as a safe, effective treatment for diabetes. Before it was a pharmaceutical, Metformin has been in use as an herbal remedy for frequent urination, measles, and worms, among other conditions.
Recently, Metformin has seen a surge of interest in the burgeoning field of longevity science. Numerous studies, mostly on diabetes, have shown that people taking Metformin tend to have fewer heart attacks and cancer diagnoses, and it also seems to stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s. In addition, people appear to live longer and put off most age-related disease for a greater number of years as compared to people not on the drug. Metformin thus seems to work to not only to increase lifespans but also to increase health spans, which is arguably more important.
How does it work? Metformin has been shown to increase the production of mTOR and AMPK, both of which promote youthful function inside the cell, promote fat utilization, and decrease sugar storage. Cellular AMPK levels decline with age, which biologically leads to some of the cellular signs of aging, such as the inability to repair damaged DNA. Considering the overwhelming evidence, the FDA has now approved the first longevity study ever, called TAME (Targeting Aging with Metformin), which aims to prove these benefits over the long term.
Like any drug, Metformin does have some possible side effects, such as low blood sugar and gastrointestinal disturbances (diarrhea, nausea, gas). A potentially serious side effect, lactic acidosis, (symptoms include tiredness, muscle pain, breathing difficulty, slow heart rate), is discussed in the literature, but several large studies have debunked the association of Metformin with this condition. People with liver or kidney disease should not take Metformin. To be safe, before and after (on regular intervals) taking Metformin, you should have bloodwork done.
With billions of dollars being poured by tech titans into longevity research, we are likely to rapidly see many breakthroughs in longevity science. Billionaires Sergey Brin, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg are investing in extending their healthy lifespans, sidestepping the traditional Big Pharma/FDA research pathways that could take decades. Big data, artificial intelligence, and the overwhelming amount of money being invested into biotech has exponentially increased the rate of discovery in the anti-aging arena.
So, where do you start? First, no amount of Metformin will help if you don’t live a healthy lifestyle. You must first get the basics right: 7 hours of sleep, a plant-based diet, and daily physical activity. Second, you need some objective measures of your health and cellular age. A Next|Health Baseline blood panel, combined with a telomere test (a measurement of the length of the end caps of your DNA to identify your cellular age), is a great starting point. Third, talk to our medical professionals to see if Metformin is a good addition to your daily supplement protocol. Other than losing some weight, you may not see or feel any immediate results. But stick with it, as the long-term studies show you may helping yourself live a longer, healthier life!
Over the last few years there have been a plethora of “brain games” introduced to the market, purporting to improve your cognitive abilities in just a few minutes a day. Luminosity, BrainHQ, Peak Labs, and Elevate are a few of the more popular ones that you may have heard of.
Are they really worth the time and money? Does playing a game really help your brain to stay sharp and focused? Unfortunately, the research is conflicting. The website cognitivetrainingdata.com has an up-to-date list of many of the papers published on the topic. A quick review reveals that the data is inconclusive. In fact, the scientific community battled it out in 2014 when Stanford published a “consensus paper” stating that there was “little evidence” that brain training worked. A group of dozens of scientists fired back with a letter stating the opposite.
In my personal experience, both with myself and patients, I have found small but measurable improvements after a few weeks of training with a "brain game" app (the one I used was Peak labs). I used the app BrainCheck to evaluate before and after benchmarks. The results were more dramatic in people who led sedentary lives with lower-than-average “regular” mental stimulation (ie. socially isolated or retired persons).
In contrast, we have an abundance of evidence implicating that stimulating the brain with problem-solving, social activities, and goal-oriented tasks play a role in preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Combine this with regular physical activity, adequate sleep, and good control of your sugar intake, and you have almost guaranteed yourself improved brain function for years to come.
Protecting and supporting your brain should be a top priority for every single one of person. Knowing where you currently score by using an app like BrainCheck, and keeping track of that score on a monthly or quarterly basis, should be a regular part of your health care routine. If you find that your score is slipping or that you are in a brain fog, it’s imperative that you proactively address your “brain care” so the damage doesn’t stack up to the point of no return. Talk to a Next|Health medical professional for more information.
Dr. Darshan Shah is a physician, surgeon, entrepreneur, and is considered by many to be the "Doctor of the Future." His passion is educating the public on the newest technologies in health & wellness and how to look and feel your best!