What is the science of Anti-Aging?Ever since the beginning of time, human beings have attempted to not just feel better, but look better too. In today’s age there has been even more of an emphasis our appearance than ever before. But don’t forget that health is wealth and we usually take it for granted until things stop working. You need to worry about your physical health just as much as your extrinsic appearance. The science of anti-aging takes all things into account. That is joint and muscle health (also known as musculoskeletal health), the nervous system, sleeping cycles, digestions and most of all, hormones. Hormones control close to everything in our body from how much energy we have to what mood we’re in. Let’s talk more about those.
What are Hormones?
By definition, hormones are any molecule secreted by glands that are transported by the organisms circulatory system (fluids such as blood or sap) that stimulate specific cells or tissues into action. They are catalysts that are responsible for the body’s key regulatory systems such as mood, energy and complete stabilization of critical functional systems. Hormones effect our behavior by effecting our sensory systems, central integrators, and even peripherial effectors.
Ok, So what is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy is the process of optimizing hormones for both men and women usually ages 40-60 but can be started as young as 30 or as old as 65 or even 70 years old. The process starts with a physical examination by an ARNP or licensed physician. At Vitality Sciences, a national hormone replacement therapy and anti-aging brand, they make sure to go through a variety of physical and mental health questions as well. Owner Joseph Kennedy explains “We take a holistic approach to health. That means your entire system is interconnected. This rings entirely true when dealing with hormones. Their secretion is dependent much upon their environment. This means that if you are experiencing massive amounts of stress both at home and at work, you are more prone to be suffering from a condition such as erectile dysfunction. If you are experiencing high amounts of stress and you are a smoker, you have an even better chance of having imbalanced or deficient hormone levels and ratios.”
So now that we know that environmental aspects can effect your hormone levels, how do you know if Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is right for you? Well take a look at the following symptoms for men and women below.
HRT Symptoms for men:
- Lack of sexual stamina
- Reduced muscle mass & muscle tone
- Erectile dysfunction
- Hair loss
- Loss of Cognitive function / memory
- Interrupted concentration
- Increased abdominal fat
- Higher cholesterol levels
HRT Symptoms for Women:
- Night sweats
- Sleep disturbances
- Weight gain
- Vaginal dryness
- Hair thinning
- Mood swings
Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Contrary to popular belief, testosterone replacement therapy or TRT, is not just for men. There are women who need testosterone in their hormone replacement therapy programs as well. Tweaking T levels just slightly can have a dramatic increase in energy, sexual function and overall well being. In addition, men suffering from ED should seriously consider getting there testosterone levels checked. If you DO have low t levels, this may very well be the cause of your erectile dysfunction.
Human Growth Hormone Therapy
Also referred to as HGH Therapy, Human Growth Hormone is the precursor to GF-1 in the body. While HGH is still prevelant in many Hormone Replacement Therapy programs, purchasing the right HGH with no side effects can be very expensive. This is a big reason why there is a preconceived notion that HRT may be out of the common folks’ financial reach but there are many other alternatives to HGH that can get you feeling like that young bull you’ve come accustomed to.
Peptides are short chained amino acids that aid in the secretion of hormones. Recent breakthroughs in peptide science allow for the use of popular peptides such as:
- Thymosin Alpha 1
- CJC 1295
These are just some of the highly used peptides in HRT Programs today. But you won’t find these in regular clinics or in programs given by your primary care physician. To find a HRT clinic rehearsed in peptide treatment, you must make sure they are up to date with the IPS (International Peptide Society) and are frequently gaining continuing education credits in the field of hormone replacement therapy. Otherwise, you may be susceptible to antiquated methods and prescriptions that will not permit optimal results.
Anti-Aging and your Nutrition
The next piece to the puzzle of a proper anti-aging program is nutrition. This includes your diet and supplementation. Do to the farming system instilled in today’s society, depleted soil and the import and export of goods makes it very difficult for people to get the full nutrient output from just the foods they eat. In order to do so, it takes supreme methodology of food rotation and nutritional supplementation. For example, veganism is looked own upon due to the fact that vegans are forced to supplement B-complex in order to keep in optimal health. That clears the path to the argument that veganism is unnatural if it needs to be aided by artificial supplementation. I am neither for nor against veganism, I think people should do what makes them feel good and I feel that everyone’s bio-chemistry varies quite greatly. But i must say that is a compelling argument. Conversely, there is research that shows B vitamins used to naturally occur in soil before chemical companies depleted our land for the interest of profits.
IV Therapy Infusions
IV Therapy infusions are some of the best way to get your body’s most essential vitamins, minerals, micro-nutrients and anti-oxidants into your system. Injecting nutrients into your bloodstream intravenously is proven to be the quickest and most effective way for your body to absorb vitamins and minerals. While ingesting nutrients orally through meals or supplements is great, peoples digestive systems may be somewhat compromised which leads to absorption or just an overall slower process to achieve desired results. That being said, not all IV’s are created equal. Many clinics in the United States advertise IV Therapy simply as “Hydration Therapy” and charge $150 for saline solutions that cost them about five dollars. Saline solutions are the equivalent to salt water. Yes you’ll feel better because you are being hydrated intravenously so you will feel the effects faster than chugging a Gatorade, but you are basically getting the same nutritional value. At Vitality Sciences, bags are filled with high dosage vitamin C, anti-oxidants such as Glutathione and Alpha Lipoic Acid, in addition to B-Complex.
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