Optimize your body to maintain health, activity and vitality as you grow older.
Age may be a state of mind, but as we hit mid-life and beyond, our bodies need more support and attention. Most of my patients in their 50s or 60s are active, but are starting to notice declines in energy, sleep quality, recuperation rates and physical function.
It takes longer to recover from injuries and minor ailments than when they were younger. They aren’t sleeping as well as they used to. They are feeling physical constraints that weren’t there before—either from pain, lack of flexibility or reduced strength. They may be experiencing chronic joint pain or a decline in digestive health.
The objective of Rejuvenative Aging is to rejigger your baseline so that you feel and function as young as possible.
As a functional medicine doctor, my approach to Rejuvenate Aging is very personalized to the patient. With the proliferation of personal health data (everything from blood pressure to genomic markers to your personal gut microbiome), one of the most exciting developments lies in evaluating your data, prescribing a customized plan for wellness and measuring progress.
This can be done via a series of visits to my office or remotely via tele-medicine. My Rejuvenative Medicine consultations include three key parts: assessment, treatment of acute conditions and rejuvenative therapies.
Step 1: Assessment
Our first step is to evaluate your health and determine your wellness objectives. We’ll talk about your history, assess your current state of health and I’ll review relevant health data/medical records. I typically look at the following factors:
- Vitals (e.g. blood pressure, heart rate)
- Cholesterol levels
- Nutritional levels (e.g Vitamin D, B12, Iron)
- Hormone and thyroid function
- Gut bacteria counts
- GI function
- Genomic markers
- Physical strength, range of motion and stamina
- Sleep patterns
Our goal together is to get you in the optimal range in each of these areas.
Step 2: Treatment Of Acute Deficiencies/Conditions
Typically patients who are interested in Rejuvenative Aging come to me experiencing chronic pain, digestive health problems, fatigue or a combination of these complaints. Our first order of business is to treat any acute deficiencies and conditions. As both an MD and L.Ac., I draw from both Western Medical interventions and Traditional Chinese Medicine, always looking for what’s going to work best for the individual patient and case.
Treatments may include:
- Dietary Changes
- Prescriptions or Herbal Medicine
- Physical Therapy
Step 3: Rejuvenative Therapies
Food, movement and rest are the foundations of good health. They also are the levers that slow or speed the aging process.
Food is the fuel for our bodies. It can also be powerful medicine. As we age, our digestive function becomes less efficient and so it’s important that we take extra care to ensure that we get the fuel we need to stay healthy and vital.
I work with my Rejuvenative Medicine patients to develop a personalized diet that best supports their unique nutritional needs. We identify and work around food sensitivities so that what you eat feeds you rather than depletes you. We will also evaluate whether supplements or herbs are need to keep your levels in optimal ranges.
As we age, the risk of injury, balance problems and joint pain increases. Our goal is to keep you active because, not just because it’s good for you, but because it allows you to live more fully.
In addition to helping my patients find exercise that works for them, I draw from a mix of cutting edge therapies such as joint injection, acupuncture and herbal medicine to keep you moving.
Both the body and mind need adequate rest and recovery time to maintain health and vitality.
Studies show that during sleep, the body is making important repairs and generating new cells. I help patients optimize their sleep cycles so that they get the full rejuvenative benefit that sleep offers.
The mind is also plays a critical role in health. Where anxiety and depression can tax the immune system, a relaxed mental/emotional state can actually alleviate pain and stimulate healing. I work with patients to create these restful mental states for themselves.
Every patient is different, but it’s typically a three month process to recalibrate your system for optimal health.