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Growing evidence shows that human life can be extended beyond the norm such as the example of some Japanese Okinawans living up to 120 years of age. But how can we accomplish this in modern American society? By focusing on early detection, prevention, and reversal of chronic age-related diseases and conditions, anti-aging remedies can result in greater than 80% improvement of conditions such as:
Whether it be the extension of life or the fact that we can live productive, happy, and disease-free; it has been shown that balanced hormones, an integrated mind-body connection, good nutrition, and detoxification, can keep us healthy for a longer period of time.
Also known as Restorative, Regenerative, or Functional Medicine, this new genre of holistic medicine applies advanced technologies and research to reduce common symptoms such as:
Ask yourself, ‘How do I want to live my life after the age of 50?’ The gradual wasting away of the body over the decades is not a necessary or normal component of aging. Modern medicine focuses on treating existing conditions. For instance, taking insulin after you get diabetes or getting bypass surgery after you have a heart attack. Wouldn’t you restore optimal function and prevent these diseases before taking over your life?
Each person’s needs are different, however, the following are the steps to regaining your energy, vitality, and health:
1. Restore Your Cellular Balance
Aging involves changes in hormones and decreased ability to repair damaged cells and digest. There are 5 vital areas to prevent disease 1) Balance Hormones 2) Correct Nutrient Deficiencies 3) Eliminate toxins 4) Manage stress 5) Strengthen the body’s structure
2. Balance Your Hormones
At some point, our organ’s ability to produce hormones declines regardless of lifestyle and genetics. The Neuroendocrine Theory of Aging states that we age because our hormones decline, not vice versa. Hormonal deficiencies and imbalances can start at age 25. By age 50, most experience a 50% reduction in the production of hormones such as testosterone, thyroid, DHEA, melatonin, pregnenolone, and growth hormone. Almost every cell of the body (brain, skin, heart, nerve, bone, vascular, etc.) has a hormone receptor. If we replenish depleted hormones, we can improve sexual desire, fatigue, anxiety, depression, weight gain, insomnia, and mental sharpness and prevent degenerative diseases such as heart disease, stroke, dementia, and osteoporosis. When necessary to replenish hormones naturally, we use bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
3. Restoring Nutrients
As a nation, America is mineral and vitamin deficient. This is due not only to America’s diet but the decrease of nutrients in food. It’s an unfortunate fact that it takes about 20 peaches today to equal the same vitamin A content of one peach in 1950. Where are our nutrients going and why can’t we seem to get the needed amount? The answer lies in understanding how soil has been depleted of nutrients from popular farming practices.
Given this nutrient-weak food, it is important to evaluate our body’s nutrient status and how we eat it. Vitamins and minerals are necessary for every cell reaction in the body, whether it be to activate a brain chemical or break down fat. If we are not able to get adequate amounts of nutrients through food, we may need supplementation.
In the United States, we are exposed to nearly 50 times the amount of toxins as other developed countries. These toxins attack our bodies through the air, water, industry, shampoos, lotions, preservatives, plastics, and fumes. These toxic chemicals then move into our bowel, liver, and fat tissues and cause chaos in our chemical reactions. To get rid of these toxins in our systems, we must utilize regular bowel, liver, and tissue detox to get our bodies working properly again. At Merge Medical Center, we can assess your body’s specific toxicity to help you decide which detox program is the best choice for you.
5. Balancing Mind and Body
Fostering mind and body balance have shown to be one of the most powerful approaches for total-body restoration. The Far East embraces the mindset that in the last half of our lives, we have the potential to be at our greatest strength. After adolescence, marriage, and childbearing/rearing we can focus on our energy. There is extensive scientific evidence supporting the effect that mind, body, and spirit balance has on healing and prevention.
At Merge Medical Center, we are a leader in anti-aging medicine in the Charleston area. We design a holistic customized program to accomplish the 5 steps with the use of nutraceuticals, herbs, diet, vitamins, bioidentical hormones, detoxification, lifestyle modification, acupuncture, and life coaching.
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