Following on from a strong swathe of immunity based health trends in 2024, a new trend is shaping how we approach our wellbeing. Holland & Barrett’s annual wellness trends report predicts that both hormone health and targeted anti-ageing will be key trends for consumers in 2024 as more people become interested in reducing their biological age through health optimisation.
In today’s fast-paced world, filled with never-ending to-do lists and commitments, taking care of our health requires more than just a few superfood smoothies and HIIT-heavy workouts. Rather than waiting for health problems to rear their heads, health optimisation is about feeling empowered and taking preventative measures to ensure optimal health and to reduce the likelihood of getting sick in the first place.
Over the last few years, health optimisation has been a somewhat niche interest that has been slowly gaining momentum and popularity in the background. But it’s an incredibly exciting field that combines technology and medicine to achieve not just good health, but optimal health.
Let’s take a look at how health optimisation benefits our everyday lives, ways in which we can optimise our healthcare routines for maximum benefit, and how we can make our mental health a priority too. Time for some healthing!
Why is health optimisation important?
Why should you care about health optimisation? As we age, our bodies change, and by taking a preventative approach to health which factors in these changes, we can live a better quality of life. Health optimisation allows you to live a life you love and do what you want whilst reducing the likelihood of getting sick (think diabetes, heart conditions, and more) and being able to tackle health issues head-on, before they become problematic and impact your life.
How to optimise your health
So let’s get to what you really want to know – how to optimise your health in 2024. The answer is simple. You need to change your habits to align with your goals and aims. Here are some approaches you could take:
Fuel your body
Stressful schedules and always being on the go means that you can burn through your body’s resources faster than you can replace them, resulting in a vitamin deficiency. This can lead to feeling tired, worn out, and getting ill more often. Let’s face it, none of those are conducive to good health.
When it comes to fueling your body correctly, a good place to start is ensuring you are eating a balanced diet rich in protein and vegetables. If you are already eating well and still think you might be experiencing symptoms of a vitamin deficiency, utilising supplements, whether oral or intravenous, could help. Oral supplements need to be taken daily and can take months to top up depleted vitamin levels. However, IV drips are an increasingly popular choice for those wanting to replenish vitamin deficiencies quickly as they deliver the nutrients directly into the body for instant effect.
But having the right set of nutrients in our body is just one part of the picture. When it comes to health optimisation, you need to address your health on a much deeper level. As we age, our bodies naturally experience hormonal fluctuations and decline. The most commonly known cause of this is the menopause, where oestrogen and progesterone levels (among many others) dramatically drop, causing symptoms like joint pain, mood swings, and hot flushes. Other conditions that are a result of hormone imbalances include Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, and infertility.
Age-related hormone decline is not exclusive to women and many men will also experience symptoms of hormone deficiency (namely testosterone), like anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and difficulty maintaining muscle mass.
Achieving optimal hormone health is a complex combination of optimising lifestyle factors, like stress, environment, diet, and even addressing medical conditions. Often, it may be necessary to top up hormone levels in the body with the help of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). The HRT of choice for many people is BHRT, HRT using bioidentical hormones. As people become ever more aware of what they are putting in their bodies, BHRT is becoming increasingly popular because the hormones used are not only derived from natural plant-based sources, but can also be personalised, and customised to your individual needs.
NAD+ for anti-ageing
A hero molecule that has been getting an increasing amount of attention is Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD+), and for good reason. This is a powerful coenzyme found in the mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cells) that helps in regulating cell function and metabolism.
NAD+ supports energy production and cell repair, but unfortunately our NAD+ levels decline year on year. This can be exacerbated by stressful environments, environmental toxins and more. NAD+ helps slow down ageing on a cellular level, slowing the traditional signs of ageing, reducing chronic disease, and helping you live a better quality of life for longer.
In order to optimise NAD+ levels, you will need to seek advice from a health optimisation clinic, like Harpal Clinic. NAD+ comes in the form of an IV drip, which delivers this coenzyme directly into the bloodstream for the body to utilise right away. This method of supplementation is the quickest way to boost your NAD+ levels.
Your health is in your hands
It can be rightly said that your health is in your hands. Pushing yourself to the point of burnout can do more harm than good in the long run. Are you someone who struggles with this but wishes to optimise your health? It may be the right time to consult a healthcare professional who can provide bespoke advice and put together a targeted treatment plan by assessing your symptoms, goals, and medical history.
Remember, while medical advancements can help us improve our quality of life it cannot make us take that first step. So, take the plunge and improve your health this year before it’s too late!