The quest to counter the effects of aging dates back thousands of years. Throughout time, efforts to maintain youth have often bordered on the mystical but have shown minimal actual results. However, in the modern age, advancements in the field of longevity science have begun to make that age-old pursuit a reality. To make sense of the emerging information in this area, we took a look at some of today’s most promising avenues, specifically phototherapy. And since one company, LifeWave, has established itself as a notable name in this area, we’re also including a review of its products. Read on for more on the increasingly interesting field of anti-aging.
Characteristics of Aging
Aging is a broad term that means different things in different contexts. For clarity, it’s important to note that the field of longevity science typically involves fighting the overall physical and mental effects of aging as if they were part of one connected disorder. While the notion that aging is treatable has been slow to take hold, many in the field are pushing regulatory organizations to recognize aging as its own condition so that new interventions can be created.
Succeeding in such a goal would allow for research on interventions that could, for instance, restore the vitality associated with youth in older populations. Improvement in quality of sleep, which affects many as they age, is another area of study in the field. Additional physical effects commonly seen as people age include reduced wound healing, frailty, accelerated disease accumulation, and reduced energy levels. Cognitive decline and other ailments related to neurological function are examples of the detriments of age on emotional and mental health.
One promising development in this area is the work being done by LifeWave in the field of phototherapy. The company, founded in 2004 by CEO David Schmidt, seeks to improve its customers’ lives with its diverse line of wellness products. Many of these products use topically applied patches to reflect specific wavelengths of light back onto the body, a technology patented by the company’s founder. Depending on the type of patch and it’s placement, these wellness interventions can have profound effects.
One of the company’s most popular products is its energy patch, which came about through research by the founder into increasing energy without the use of stimulants. The patch has been shown to drastically raise levels of alertness in its users by activating alternative methods of energy consumption based on fat burning. With this patch, users produce energy more efficiently than they otherwise would.
Stem Cell Activation
LifeWave’s recently developed X39 patch is designed to activate the body’s stem cells to achieve dramatic results that can counter the effects of aging. The patch has been shown to improve skin appearance, speed up recovery from exercise, reduce inflammation, reduce pain, and aid in wound healing.
The patch operates through a mechanism involving a peptide known as GHK-Cu. Peptides are short chains of amino acids that are naturally produced in the body. Often, these molecules occur in small quantities, but they’ve been shown to have widespread and interesting benefits when their levels become elevated. In the case of GHK-Cu, naturally occurring levels of the peptide reduce with age. The X39 patch, however, uses phototherapy to elevate levels of GHK-Cu by activating the body’s stem cells. These cells, which are the precursor for every cell in the body, have the potential to initiate dramatic wellness results when their activity increases.
Other Longevity Interventions
Beyond phototherapy, several other promising interventions have emerged in longevity science in recent years. Like stem cell activation, a number of them focus on the body’s innate ability to actively regenerate pathways that could serve to rebuild damaged cells. One example of this is the regular use of dry saunas to elevate body temperature and create a heat stress response, which has been shown to possibly induce neurological regeneration, growth hormone synthesis, and the rebuilding of muscle cells. Regular sauna use has also been shown to lower cortisol levels, which are often associated with negative wellness outcomes.
Another promising area of longevity research is the work being done into fasting, as well as diets that mimic fasting. Fasting, like sauna usage, invokes a stress response in the body that seems to trigger certain beneficial biological processes. Similar to how the X39 patch activates stem cells, fasting seems to activate two mechanisms known as autophagy and apoptosis. These processes clear cells of harmful waste products and can even replace damaged cells with new and better-adapted ones.
Though there is still much research to be done in the field of longevity, these interventions may represent huge leaps forward in the fight against aging. LifeWave’s work, along with other emerging anti-aging research, shows that a pursuit that was once considered more fantasy than reality is quickly becoming one of the most exciting areas of scientific exploration. As phototherapy, heat exposure, fasting, and other interventions become more widely known, a broader range of people should be able to benefit from the increased wellness benefits that they seem to offer.