Whether you want to protect your complexion or your brain, intravenous nutrients have a role to play in healthy ageing
Getting older is inevitable but, if you find yourself fearing it, you’re not alone. A study investigating ‘ageing anxiety’ spoke to more than 300 people aged between 18 and 88.
They identified four key fears surrounding older age :
- Fear of losses. This includes loved ones, but also the loss associated with retirement and relocation.
- Fear of old people themselves. Interestingly, this fear was more prevalent in men.
- Psychological concerns. This relates to cognitive function, but also a sense of purpose and contentment.
- Physical appearance. Both young women and men feared age-associated changes in appearance.
What’s even more interesting is that poorer health was associated with greater ageing anxiety. In other words, if you’re not feeling great now—you fear getting older even more.
This is a valid concern. The reality is that up to 90% of deaths are a result of non-communicable diseases, which include heart disease, diabetes and cancer .
We can’t avoid dying, but we can make the process of ageing easier and more enjoyable. Along with avoiding unnecessary toxins, we can optimise our exercise, relaxation, sleep and diet to minimise our risk of non-communicable diseases.
Nutrition and ageing
The nutrients you consume over your lifetime affect several cellular processes, which in turn affect your ‘rate’ of ageing—both internally and externally. These processes include mitochondrial function, autophagy, DNA repair and oxidative stress .
A healthy, varied diet is key to keep these processes ticking over, but more food isn’t always the answer. This is because it gets harder for our bodies to obtain certain nutrients as we get older. Up to one in five adults produces insufficient stomach acid, which makes it difficult to absorb nutrients such as vitamin B12, calcium, iron and magnesium .
What’s more, appetite naturally diminishes with age. When we eat less food, we receive fewer nutrients.
Fortunately, there’s another option.
IV nutrient therapy for anti-ageing
Here at the London Clinic of Nutrition, we’ve created a nutrient IV formulation specifically for anti-ageing. Unlike food or supplements, these nutrients are administered into your bloodstream—which means they can go directly to where they’re needed most in your body.
From protecting your brain function to enhancing your skin, some of these anti-ageing nutrients include:
Vitamin C This humble vitamin is a powerful antioxidant, which means that it can trap the free radicals that contribute to everything from wrinkles to cognitive decline. It can also modulate inflammation (‘inflamm-ageing’) and is being investigated for a possible role in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease .
Amino acids We start losing muscle mass from the age of 30 . This isn’t just relevant if you’re a gym bunny—sufficient muscle mass is essential for both bodily function and a healthy metabolism. Amino acids are the smallest unit of protein. They’re included in this formulation because studies show that eating more protein may slow the rate of muscle loss, or even help to build more muscle .
Glutathione Like vitamin C, this substance is a major antioxidant. We can make it ourselves, but when we’re under stress, exposed to toxins, suffering from illness or simply getting older, the body benefits from pre-formed glutathione too. In fact, it’s so crucial that cellular levels of glutathione are associated with health and longevity .
B vitamins From generating energy to managing stress, we use B vitamins every second. This formulation contains extra vitamin B12, as up to 30% of people over the age of 50 have a reduced ability to absorb this essential vitamin . It also tends to be lower in vegans and vegetarians. Vitamin B12 isn’t something you want to skimp on: low levels are associated with cognitive decline .
Who benefits from IV nutrient therapy for anti-ageing?
No matter your age, you’re ageing right now! This needn’t be feared because, as you’ve learnt, you can take a proactive approach to lengthen your health span as well as your lifespan.
We’ve found this formulation can be particularly helpful if:
- You want to protect your brain health
- You’re recovering from an illness or condition
- You have a family history that means you’re keen to age well
- You want to take an inside-out approach to maintain a youthful appearance
- You’re older and want to maintain your quality of life
Along with creating and maintaining good health in the present, increased positive contact with older people also decreases ageing anxiety.
So, look after your health and spend some time with aged loved ones—and you may find you look forward to getting older after all.
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