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The Lowdown On Longevity — The Key To Wellness


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By The Sybarite Team on 29th January 2024

"Adding years to our life is not as important as adding life to our years."

Ahead of our Longevity Accelerator Retreat, we sit down with our collaborator Kasia Zajkowska, the founder of Bellecell, to discuss the frontiers of longevity and wellness.

Why did you choose to specialise in the field of longevity and medical wellness? Can you share some insights about your interest in this area?

My journey to longevity and wellbeing was inspired by many special moments in my life. Growing up, I was fascinated by the complexity of biology and the mysteries of life.

This interest led me to a career in the biological sciences, where I delved into the meaning of life at the molecular level. However, it was my own experiences that really sparked my passion for good health and longevity. Seeing close family members deal with health issues and chronic illnesses has taught me that adding years to our lives is not as important as adding life to our years.

Over two decades, this curiosity has translated into a career focused on bringing transformative technologies to the forefront of health, wellness, and longevity.

The objective is to help reshape healthcare paradigms. By shaping these trends, we can help redefine the standards of wellbeing and amplify its importance in daily life.

In today’s world, our healthcare systems often need to focus on treating illnesses, yet the real transformative power often lies in preventing illnesses from arising in the first place, and optimising our overall health.

Could you explain what longevity means and shed light on its scientific foundations? Considering recent developments, how is the field adapting its perspective on this topic?

Longevity refers to how long a person lives, often more than we’d expect. But it’s not just about adding time, it’s about adding healthy time. So today, we are focusing on bridging the gap between lifespan and health span.

By blending science, public health efforts and medical treatments that tackle multiple health issues at once, we aim for a future where we don’t just age, but age with better health and quality of life.

From a scientific point of view, the study of longevity revolves around understanding ageing, a process which is influenced by genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. Basically, as we age, our body undergoes changes. External and internal factors can damage our DNA, leading to cells behaving abnormally: telomeres – the protective ends on our chromosomes – shorten over time, affecting cell functionality and cellular energy production is affected. One crucial framework in the field is the hallmarks of ageing.

These categorise the various cellular and molecular processes, such as genomic instability, telomere attrition, mitochondrial dysfunction, and stem cell exhaustion that drive ageing. By targeting these hallmarks, scientists are aiming to counteract the ageing process at its core.

Can you tell us more about the role of longevity and medical wellness in other sectors, such as real estate and corporate environments? How does it contribute to overall wellbeing and longevity?

In our rapidly evolving world, the intersection of longevity and medical wellness solutions, and regenerative technologies, like hyperbaric oxygen therapy, is having a significant impact on real estate and the corporate sector.

In real estate, we’re seeing a strong emphasis on creating spaces that not only provide shelter, but promote wellbeing. Modern buyers want holistic environments and developers are responding by incorporating features like green spaces, fitness facilities and even on-site solutions, such as cryo and oxygen therapy chambers.

In the corporate world, wellness is no longer just a perk but an integral part of organisational culture. Companies are investing in mental health support and preventive care, realising that these efforts lead to a more engaged and resilient workforce. It’s about enhancing the immediate quality of life for employees and strengthening the long-term success of the organisation. There is a significant increase in investments within this sector. Institutional and individual investors see immense value in this approach, tapping into the potential that longevity and medical wellness offer.

We are witnessing a profound shift in how we approach wellbeing in our living and working spaces, driven by a society that prioritises quality and duration of life. It’s more than a trend; it’s a new standard for modern living and working.

How is travel connected to the concept of longevity, and are there links between travel experiences and the quest for a longer, healthier life?

Travel isn’t just about sightseeing anymore. Wellness and transformative retreats are becoming popular gateways to longevity.

Located often in natural, tranquil surroundings, these retreats provide immersive experiences that focus on holistic health. Participants enjoy yoga, meditation, balanced nutrition and other rejuvenating activities, designed to transform on the body and mind level and enrich life quality. These retreats have started integrating lessons from so- called Blue Zones – regions where people statistically live the longest.

They draw upon diets, lifestyles and practices from these areas, offering participants insights into the secrets of long-lived populations.

Medical and wellness tourism offers a direct bridge between travel and longevity. Individuals aren’t just travelling for general medical treatments, but are specifically seeking out resorts and destinations known for advanced longevity-enhancing and anti- ageing therapies. Some of these treatments are drawing attention for their potential to optimise health and wellness and subsequently enhance life vitality.

An essential highlight of this trend is the growing public awareness and interest in the longevity trend. People are more educated and proactive about their health and beauty, often seeking out experiences and practices that promote that. This, coupled with travel, creates a potent blend, where journeys are not just about recreation but also rejuvenation.

What do you envisage for the future of wellness and longevity? How do you think this field will evolve, and what innovations or breakthroughs might we expect in the coming years?

We live in an era of unprecedented opportunity. With rapid advancements in scientific research, especially in biotech, regenerative medicine and the integration of AI in health diagnostics and predictions, we stand on the brink of truly revolutionary and transformative breakthroughs.

These emerging fields have the potential to transform our understanding of health and

wellness, providing innovative solutions to long-standing problems.

Looking to optimise your health? Our Longevity Accelerator retreat combines pioneering science with restorative spa treatments to promote a healthier lifestyle long after your stay. Enquire here.

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