Beauty is more than skin deep, and nutrition’s role in aesthetics is more evident today than ever. As the worlds of skincare, anti-aging and aesthetic procedures merge with holistic living, optimal nutrition and healthy supplementation, modern-day anti-aging now includes personalized nutrition. Nutrition is integral in limiting inflammation, which affects skin quality, aging and procedural outcomes. Savvy patients are laser-focused on every element of internal health that translates externally, so it is no surprise the category’s relevance continues to grow and is expected to be a $20 billion industry by 2029.What is Personalized Nutrition?
Personalized nutrition applies to the science of nutrigenomics, which considers a patient’s genetic, phenotypic, medical and nutritional status, and lifestyle choices to develop a holistic dietary and supplementation protocol. The antithesis of a one-size-fits-all approach, personalized nutrition first analyzes specific genes that cause some patients to respond differently to nutritional elements, consumed foods and supplements. These genetic variances interfere with the absorption or metabolization of vitamins and minerals, impacting weight, metabolism, inflammation, skin and hair health, and the rate of aging.
Brenden Cochran, NMD, an expert on regenerative injections and intravenous therapies, and founder of Interactive Health Clinics (Lynwood, Wash.), has been practicing personalized nutrition for several years. “The focus started with ill patients attempting to improve their health,” he said. “The treatment protocols would positively affect their mood, well-being and physical performance. Over the years, the findings have been applied to other areas of aging and allow doctors to improve the results of certain aesthetic procedures by optimizing nutrients where deficiencies exist.”
Medicine, nutrition and skin health are invariably related and should never exist separately. “Skin nutrigenomics science shows that personalized nutrition produces better results than a generalized approach,” explained Ahmed El-Sohemy, PhD, a professor and Canada Research Chair in Nutrigenomics at the University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada).
Nevertheless, various layers of health, genes and nutrition must be examined before correcting age- and skin-related changes. “It is important to focus on the body first and then the skin to understand how the Afbiochemistry of food impacts it. Fixing the skin is impossible when ignoring underlying conditions,” stated Francisco Llano, MD, a specialist in nutrition and anti-aging in Mexico City, Mexico.
Testing for genetic markers and risk factors is the best way to get a read on internal health. “Genomics and nutrigenetics examine a patient’s genetic make-up and genetic variants related to intolerances and predispositions,” Dr. Llano specified.This is a sample article from The Aesthetic Guide.Become a free member of the AMS to access all digital issues.Continue reading here: The Aesthetic Guide#PreventiveandAnti-agingMedicine