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Biohacking Your Way to Health: 6 Ways to Improve Your vitality at Any Age

Health

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.

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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!

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Business

Please Don't Put Yourself On Mute

During a recent meeting on Microsoft Teams, I couldn't seem to get a single word out.


When I tried to chime in, I kept getting interrupted. At one point two individuals talked right over me and over each other. When I thought it was finally my turn, someone else parachuted in from out of nowhere. When I raised and waved my hand as if I was in grade school to be called on (yes, I had my camera on) we swiftly moved on to the next topic. And then, completely frustrated, I stayed on mute for the remainder of the meeting. I even momentarily shut off my camera to devour the rest of my heavily bruised, brown banana. (No one needed to see that.)

This wasn't the first time I had struggled to find my voice. Since elementary school, I always preferring the back seat unless the teacher assigned me a seat in the front. In high school, I did piles of extra credit or mini-reports to offset my 0% in class participation. In college, I went into each lecture nauseous and with wasted prayers — wishing and hoping that I wouldn't be cold-called on by the professor.

By the time I got to Corporate America, it was clear that if I wanted to lead, I needed to pull my chair up (and sometimes bring my own), sit right at the table front and center, and ask for others to make space for me. From then on, I found my voice and never stop using it.

But now, all of a sudden, in this forced social experiment of mass remote working, I was having trouble being heard… again. None of the coaching I had given myself and other women on finding your voice seemed to work when my voice was being projected across a conference call and not a conference room.

I couldn't read any body language. I couldn't see if others were about to jump in and I should wait or if it was my time to speak. They couldn't see if I had something to say. For our Microsoft teams setting, you can only see a few faces on your screen, the rest are icons at the bottom of the window with a static picture or even just their name. And, even then, I couldn't see some people simply because they wouldn't turn their cameras on.

If I did get a chance to speak and cracked a funny joke, well, I didn't hear any laughing. Most people were on mute. Or maybe the joke wasn't that funny?

At one point, I could hear some heavy breathing and the unwrapping of (what I could only assume was) a candy bar. I imagined it was a Nestle Crunch Bar as my tummy rumbled in response to the crinkling of unwrapped candy. (There is a right and a wrong time to mute, people.)

At another point, I did see one face nodding at me blankly.

They say that remote working will be good for women. They say it will level the playing field. They say it will be more inclusive. But it won't be for me and others if I don't speak up now.

  • Start with turning your camera on and encouraging others to do the same. I was recently in a two-person meeting. My camera was on, but the other person wouldn't turn theirs on. In that case, ten minutes in, I turned my camera off. You can't stare at my fuzzy eyebrows and my pile of laundry in the background if I can't do the same to you. When you have a willing participant, you'd be surprised by how helpful it can be to make actual eye contact with someone, even on a computer (and despite the fuzzy eyebrows).
  • Use the chatbox. Enter in your questions. Enter in your comments. Dialogue back and forth. Type in a joke. I did that recently and someone entered back a laughing face — reaffirming that I was, indeed, funny.
  • Designate a facilitator for the meeting: someone leading, coaching, and guiding. On my most recent call, a leader went around ensuring everyone was able to contribute fairly. She also ensured she asked for feedback on a specific topic and helped move the discussion around so no one person took up all the airtime.
  • Unmute yourself. Please don't just sit there on mute for the entire meeting. Jump in and speak up. You will be interrupted. You will interrupt others. But don't get frustrated or discouraged — this is what work is now — just keep showing up and contributing.
  • Smile, and smile big. Nod your head in agreement. Laugh. Give a thumbs up; give two! Wave. Make a heart with your hands. Signal to others on the call who are contributing that you support and value them. They will do the same in return when your turn comes to contribute.

It's too easy to keep your camera turned off. It's too easy to stay on mute. It's too easy to disappear. But now is not the time to disappear. Now is the time to stay engaged and networked within our organizations and communities.

So please don't put yourself on mute.

Well, actually, please do put yourself on mute so I don't have to hear your heavy breathing, candy bar crunching, or tinkling bathroom break.

But after that, please take yourself off mute so you can reclaim your seat (and your voice) at the table.