Turn Back the Bi­o­log­i­cal Clock

The first step in re­claim­ing your youth is to fig­ure out what your bi­o­log­i­cal age is in the first place—the num­ber that re­veals ex­actly the dam­age that’s been done (or avoided) dur­ing your turns around the globe. We asked Doc­tors Lawrence Chan and Alex Ch

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Q: How do you de­ter­mine some­one’s bi­o­log­i­cal age? Dr. Alex:

We de­ter­mine bi­o­log­i­cal age by look­ing at tox­i­c­ity, hor­mone bal­ance, diet and life­style to see how the years you’ve lived have a ected your body. Hor­mones are the body’s re­pair kit. When you hit menopause or an­dropause, na­ture starts to crash your hor­mone lev­els to half of what they were when you were younger. The nice thing is, though, we can in­ter­vene. The body will re­spond when you push it, so if you ex­er­cise hard and prop­erly, and you eat well, you can bump up your nat­u­ral hor­mones.

Q: Is it pos­si­ble to turn back the clock and fore­stall the ag­ing process? Dr. Alex:

With ag­ing and dis­ease pre­ven­tion, if you imag­ine that your ge­netic risk fac­tors are the bul­lets, then the en­vi­ron­ment is what pulls the trig­ger. We do a lot for treat­ment and pre­ven­tion of these risks through IV ther­a­pies, nu­tri­tion, sup­ple­ments and acupunc­ture.

Dr. Lawrence: Ba­si­cally, you want to main­tain ahome­o­static state. You can oc­ca­sion­ally come out of it for fun and ex­cite­ment, but if your body is toxic—from poor diet, metal ­llings, air­borne chem­i­cals, pes­ti­cides, plas­tics—it starts skew­ing down un­til you get it back to that mid­dle range. It usu­ally boils down to tak­ing care of your­self: sleep well, eat well, drink enough wa­ter, be mind­ful and try not to be ob­sessed by things.

Q: It sounds like it’s not just about phys­i­cal well­ness. Dr. Lawrence:

Emo­tions are a big fac­tor. If you have high stress all the time, your body goes into some­thing called sym­pa­thetic dom­i­nance, which means you start to se­crete hor­mones like cor­ti­sol, which breaks down the body’s cells. A lot of peo­ple have sleep­ing is­sues be­cause they’re run­ning high lev­els of sym­pa­thetic stress 24/7. That adds to acid­ity, which adds to inˆam­ma­tion, which leads to de­gen­er­a­tive dis­eases like can­cer. The whole idea is to get your body less inˆamed. If you can do that, you’ll be health­ier.

Q: Are there any new ways to op­ti­mize our bod­ies? Dr. Alex:

With younger gen­er­a­tions es­pe­cially, we’re see­ing in­creased in­ter­est in bio­hack­ing. They want to know how we can push the edge in terms of op­ti­miz­ing health. Ath­letes of­ten set them­selves up for in­jury be­cause of the load and the car­dio­vas­cu­lar de­mand on the body. One thing we o er is a blood ozone tech­nique called ma­jor au­to­he­mother­apy, which helps to in­crease oxy­gen use and con­tent at the cel­lu­lar level. It boosts your whole in­ter­nal sys­tem, so it can be used for per­for­mance en­hance­ment, but you can also use it for can­cer treat­ment.

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