A good question I am frequently asked by my patients is "at what age should I start focusing on preventative health measures including diet, lifestyle and aesthetics?"
The answer is now!
In your early 20s your body starts the aging process which, for most people, manifests itself by your late 20s/early 30s.
Focusing on your personal health and wellness from both the inside and outside at a young age will allow you to prevent disease onset, connect deeper with your body and age more gracefully.
In my quest to find health and wellness in myself and to be able to fulfill my desire to bring about health and wellness to my patients I found that I had to change my approach to the healthcare system and approach my patients from the perspective that the younger you start the better your chances of preventing chronic illnesses that are plaguing North American society such as diabetes type 2, hypertension etc.
I have been able to create a practice of medicine where I combine the art of Aesthetic Medicine and the universality of Integrative Medicine to allow my patients to be able to live as optimally as they choose.
Traditional medicine has taught us to approach healthcare professionals such as your doctor once your body has been affected by disease or illness - but observations and understandings of the human mind and body shows evidence that focusing on health, wellness and disease prevention is the most optimal way to live your life.
Shifting the gears of my practice in medicine has allowed me to explore the more holistic approaches to healthcare and I have found that patients are overall more fulfilled and excited to be able to gain more energy, vitality and understanding of their bodies.
Merging wellness and aesthetics together allows my patients to live the best possible way and as any other biohacking treatment, Integrative Aesthetic Medicine, allows us to age more gracefully by using technology and science to manipulate and prepare our bodies to adapt to our rapidly changing environments such as aging, pollution, genetics and stress.
The key to a better health is to start young, be actively involved in your own health and wellness and be constantly aware of the newest science and technology that helps us live in the most optimal fashion.
Here are 6 simple ways to start the new year with intentions of health and wellness at any age!
1. Stop and breathe - breathing and being able to find stillness in our minds and bodies despite our busy world allows us to decrease stress in our bodies - stress leads to inflammation and inflammation leads to disease. Meditation and breath work have been shown to help control active diseases and help prevent
2. Stimulate collagen - we start losing collagen production in our early 20's - collagen is an important part of the health and architecture of the skin - stimulating your immune system both by external manipulation and healthy eating will ensure that your biggest organ remains in tact for as long as possible - regularly getting procedures such as micro-needling, radio-frequency or my personal favorite: radio-frequency with micro-needling will ensure more collagen stimulation
3. Start yourself on magnesium supplementation - if there is 1 supplement that most people should be on to notice the biggest change in the shortest period of time then magnesium is the one. We are all deficient in magnesium and supplementing can help with so many states of imbalance in the body including poor sleep, anxiety, bowel function and more.
Not all magnesiums are created equal with some having better absorption than others: consult with your integrative medicine practitioner before adding new supplements to your daily routine
4. Focus on a more plant based diet that incorporates more whole foods and less processed altered foods - Science and the obesity epidemic worldwide has shown us that eating a more plant based diet is the most optimal way to live - sometimes making radical changes can be more difficult than imagined so I suggest starting with 1 meatless day per week and gradually build up a foundation of plant based.
5. Optimization of nutrition including a visit to your integrative medicine practitioner where you can work together with a provider to achieve your health goals and possibly even learn ways to optimize that you didn't.
6. A little neurotoxin (such as Botox or Dysport) goes a long way - neurotoxins help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, underarm sweat but studies are now underway that show that it may help in conditions such as depression and anxiety
And remember - it's important to engage in dialogue with your provider to see how you can make positive changes in your life to ensure better health and vitality!
For the last 30+ years, I have focused on bringing together political parties, corporate competitors and disparate nations to foster quality leadership, diplomacy and results that better society, creating sustainable partnerships and profitable business models. Has it been easy? By no means. Rewarding? Immensely.
Here's what I learned along the way, how I did it, and how you can, too.
When I left Washington to enter the corporate world, I was asked to investigate and determine ways that companies were struggling to be successful in areas where major investments were being made. This meant meeting with and challenging key executives, staff and stakeholders, benchmarking against best in class competitors and making recommendations that change processes, cultural norms and internal ownership. The end goal was always to move the organization or activity to a higher level of performance. In other words, my job was to figure out what were the "boulders in the road" and move them. The boulders in many cases were people or projects they designed and held dear. Not surprisingly, my inquiries caused adverse reactions. Over time, as boulders turned into rocks, and rocks turned into pebbles, consensus came to bear, and goals were met that enabled the organizations, department owners within them, and society to thrive. My work – which had been unwelcomed by some – was accepted, and even appreciated, by those who had once been critical.
As a 26-year-old who was doing this for the first time and facing strong head winds expressed in highly personal ways, I sought advice from my father, an executive operating in a highly politicized arena. His letter is worn, but I keep it on my desk.
"I wish I could be there with you when you have to face these challenges...just remember to look beyond what is currently in your life and try to visualize what is unseen. Count your blessings and it will also help you challenge the crisis you are experiencing...Some of the greatest stumbling blocks I have ever faced have also resulted in being my greatest stepping-stones." His wise words encouraged me to turn managing complexity into an artform. As a U.S. Ambassador and the ﬁrst female Commissioner General to the World Expo, I was able to create an atmosphere of confidence amongst project investors which resulted in the first financial surplus in the history of US participation in a World's Fair. As CEO of FARE, I guided a major restructure to support food allergy research and received commitments of $75M within 12 months.
Here is what I learned along the way, including guidelines I follow each time I find myself facing a new or complex situation:
- Recognize that when there are different levels of real-time execution and a sense of urgency, the risk complexity is multiplied. Know what you want the organization or alliance to look like, speak with facts and build a roadmap to get there.
- Break down each problem, recognize the constants and the variables. Identify what is the same in each situation and what is unique.
- Itemize the constants. What characteristics are seen across the entire organization which are impediments to change? Fix those first.
- Identify the unique issues that are compounding the problem, e.g. finances, people, legal, channel relationships, history, culture and politics.
- Don't pretend to know what you don't know. It hurts your credibility. Keep asking: Why? How does x relate to y? Who makes that decision? Remember, as a change agent, you are not expected to be the subject matter expert, so feel confident and admit you don't know how "the thing" works. Your goal is to understand the pathway for how we ended up where we are today—a place none of us want to be.
- Move boulders out of the way for your team, so that really smart people who are committed to the new way of doing things can run as fast as they can without being tripped. Your job is to manage the complexity by keeping your eye on standards, governance, revenue, external perceptions, fiduciary responsibilities and long-term consequences. Adjust accordingly to avoid greater problems while continuing to move towards the long-term goal.
- Align incentives to change by identifying motivations to better maximize resources. View the situation from the perspective of the other person and determine what is most important to them. Unless the organization or situation is completely broken, you can find ways that everyone can feel a sense of ownership in the new way of operating. Although there is a sense of urgency, you can move more quickly by bringing your critics along if you frame your recommendations in a manner that positions change in their vernacular and aligns with their worldview.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines complexity as "the quality or state of not being simple; a part of something that is complicated or hard to understand." However, always remember problems can be solved and issues can be resolved as long as you stay committed to the facilitation of success. Inspire the loyalty of those around you. Celebrate the early wins. Systematically, keep key stakeholders apprised of successes and challenges on a regular basis.
Most importantly, focus on helping others succeed. Let your employees know – and demonstrate – that they are a part of a team that matters. To achieve real, meaningful social impact, leaders and their teams must be sure their actions are also real and meaningful.