Support your skin health early to help reduce the need for a facelift or fillers later in life. By using SPF, retinol, vitamin C, micro-needling, and peptides, you can boost your skin’s natural anti-aging properties. I’m joined by Alexis Yoo to talk about all the different benefits of peptides, from weight loss to anti-aging to hair growth.
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Natural Methods to Prevent Needing a Facelift Later in Life
- Wear sunscreen every day
- Using retinol at night
- Vitamin C in the morning
About Alexis Yoo
Alexis Yoo is a double board-certified nurse practitioner in the areas of family and pediatric medicine. She qualified as a nurse practitioner in 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Purdue University and a Master’s from IUPUI as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
Lexi decided to expand her knowledge and obtained her Post Master’s Degree in Family practice. Lexi has a special interest in functional and anti-aging medicine. She is certified through BioTE Medical, specializing in Bio-Identical hormone replacement therapy for both men and women.
She is also working to be a certified provider through the Institute for Functional Medicine, to better treat her patients while fixing the root causes of their conditions.
Lexi also provides aesthetic services such as botox, fillers, micro-needling, PDO threads, and PRP treatments. She is also certified in peptide therapy.
She is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine and the American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine.
The Benefits of Peptides
Lexi continues this great conversation by sharing how to help prevent your need for a facelift later in life. By taking proper care of your skin with SPF, retinol, and vitamin C, along with the use of micro-needling, you may prevent many of the signs of aging skin.
Lexi is also an advocate of using peptides for many health and skin concerns. From weight loss to skin benefits to hair growth, peptides have so many different benefits. In fact, because of this episode with Lexi, I’ve brought all the peptides mentioned into my own clinic.
Lexi explains what happens during the weeks you start using peptides. Within the first few weeks, you should notice an improvement in your sleep, appetite, and then your skin.
Using Peptides for Your Overall Wellness Routine
Lexi also shares how to use peptides for anti-aging purposes. Peptides can help improve the overall health of your skin and, as you age, help prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
She does say that most women start using some form of fillers from their thirties to help improve the signs of aging and support their skin. From Botox to micro-needling, there are options to suit all skin types and stages of age.
Lexi talks about how to use peptides and other supplements to improve your libido. For her, injectibles and supplements should be part of your overall wellness routine. She believes peptides to simply be one part of improving your overall quality of life.
We now offer all the peptides mentioned in this episode. If you’re interested in learning how you can use peptides for your health, call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.
“I think starting off with some injectables, like a neurotoxin, is a good place to start. But really, I think finding an injector who’s going to be 100% honest with you and is not going to overdo it or upsell it. I always say: look, if their face looks crazy, you’re about to look crazy, too.” [4:08]
“Cycling the peptides is smart. Take them three to four months, then take four to six weeks off, then restarting them.” [14:24]
“I do think Prolon is a great addition to any integrative anti-aging medicine practice. Staying up-to-date on what’s current and best practices, collaborating with like-minded individuals is key. I think it’s the whole package: its diet, gut health, nutrition, sleep, lifestyle. All these cool peptides are just ways to make your quality of life better and help you get the most out of life. That’s really what the goal is.” [24:23]
In This Episode
- How to prevent the need for a facelift later in life [1:30]
- How to use peptides for weight loss [5:00]
- What happens when you start taking peptides [7:00]
- What peptides are best for anti-aging [16:15]
- Other ways to increase your libido [21:30]
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Alexis Yoo 0:02
really I think finding an injector who's going to be 100% honest with you. Look if their face looks crazy, you're about to look crazy
Dr. Stephanie Gray 0:09
too. Welcome to the your longevity blueprint podcast. I'm your host, Dr. Stephanie gray. My number one goal with the show is to help you discover your personalized plan to build your dream health and live a longer, happier, truly healthier life. Today you are again going to hear from Alexis you who is a nurse practitioner who specializes in BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy anesthetics for both men and women.
If you haven't listened to part one, please go back and listen to that first. In that episode, she talked to us about the facial changes that happened with aging and what acetic options are available to help like hormone pellets neuromodulators fillers and PDO threads. In this episode, she'll discuss peptides specifically for weight loss and libido like CJC 1295, paper morale and AOD and semaglutide, PT 141 and oxytocin to name a few. There's a lot more to come in this episode. Let's get back to it. Cool, exciting. So obviously you admitted you already had some fillers in some o threads yourself. So for women who are our age, right? Yeah, it sounds like doing some of these things maybe could prevent need for a significant facelift later in life. What are your best what's your best advice to women our age as far as what they could be doing?
Alexis Yoo 1:21
So without even getting into injectables, sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen, the sun hitting your skin is the biggest thing that's going to do to age it. So that's number one. A good retinol at night. So retinols like anti aging secret right there. So Retinol is great for skin at bedtime. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to do it every other night. But if you got your skin's you know been around and seen some things like mine has, you can do right on midnight. Vitamin C in the morning is also really really, really good. Really, really good. Okay, so those are like your non injectable stuff. So SPF, vitamin C retinol at night, right? Some other things are things like microneedling. So microneedling, we call it collagen induction therapy. So what we're doing is we numb the face and who made it popular was Kim Kardashian.
You know, it was like that blood Vampire Facial look, right. So what we do is, is we have a little pin and we've got five little 33 gauge needles on the end of it, and we do a micro needling procedure. So it's collagen induction therapy. So we're creating little micro traumas to the face. And your body should stimulate its healing processes which tighten up pores, fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation. So I say this is kind of like we think about a pyramid that's kind of like at the bottom is good skincare routine, you know, maybe some micro needling because it's again, very, very minimal compared some of the other stuff. And it does a good job of fine lines, wrinkles and things like that Derma planing. So Derma planing is like almost like a manual exfoliation in that you're getting that little top layer of dead skin off, and you're getting some of the peach fuzz off to which when you get pellets, we tend to have a lot of so gyroplanes always, you know, a good one just to kind of keep the canvas clean. That's the goal here is keep the canvas clean. So there's that. And then I would say from our age, I would say most women, I start to see injectables read around 30.
And you know, it's just a little bit maybe just a little bit in their elevens and just like a little touch in their frontalis muscle and they may not even get the full 30 units. It's you know, it's like I just need a little bit, but I'll be honest with you, what happens is you start and then you're like, oh dang, I just really liked how that looked a little bit more, a little bit more, you know, kind of thing, which is fine, you know? So Botox is a good way to start, you know, just minimal just to kind of keep things preserved so the line doesn't get etched in or static, good skincare facials, you know, and as far as fillers, I think it's a preference. It just depends on your anatomy. So I'm 100% honest with you. I've been getting injectables since I've been injecting so as of the past four years, as far as how many syringes of filler I have in my face, if I had to guess maybe about seven or eight, just because I certain areas of my face like my under eyes and my I have a very round face and I want it to be more contoured and so I have you know quite a bit in my jawline, I have some of my chin I have my under eyes done. I have my I've done a couple my cheeks a couple times.
I've had my nasal labial folds done and then with the threads. What I like about is I don't really need to do that much filler often. Because the threads are kind of doing the job for me. I think definitely starting off with some injectables like a neurotoxin is a good place to start. But really, I think finding an injector who's going to be 100% honest with you and is not going to overdo it or upsell it and I always say look if if their face looks crazy, you're about to look crazy to so injector you know you jive with, you know they've explained things so that you know that you if something were to happen, could you call them and they would handle it. You know what I mean? I definitely think having a good relationship with your injector and making sure that they're very honest with you setting realistic expectations is key.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 4:40
Awesome. Okay, well, we've covered some aesthetics here. I do want to talk about peptides.
Alexis Yoo 4:44
Oh yeah. Gosh, I feel like it could be a whole show on itself. So you wanted me to kind of speak on the weight loss peptides is kind of Yeah, a big one. So So in my practice we do a lot with health, wellness, weight loss. Again, my background, you know, I used to run a medical weight loss program for bariatric So I'm very familiar with a lot of the drugs on the market. What I like about peptides is there very little side effects from it. The safety profile compared to any of the stuff on the market is like outstanding. So what is a peptide? So a peptide is an amino acid, right? So if we think about collagen, you know, like collagen powder that we take for our gut in our skin, that's a peptide, insulin, that's a peptide, right? So peptides are little branches of amino acids. And they're connected in different ways.
And they, they do different things on the body. So the most common peptide that I like to use for weight loss, and I like this one the most, because it hits on so many different areas, is one called CJC 1295 plus ipamorelin. And this is a growth hormone releasing peptide. So it acts on the pituitary gland to help your body increase its natural production of growth hormone. So instead of me giving you HGH is like me giving your body cake. I'm giving your body the batter to make its own cake. That's how he described peptides right there like that. Yeah, the EPA Morlin part is a growth hormone releasing peptides. So it allows that nice growth hormone that's secreted from the pituitary gland to to get out to the cells to circulate. I like EPA Morlin, in comparison to Sermorelin, because the half life is longer.
Okay. So that's why I like it the Morlin. What it does is it helps by increasing fat metabolism, it helps with bone density, it helps with muscle mass, it helps with anti aging, it helps with sleep recovery, repair, immunity, I've been doing peptides for I didn't go into my third year, I noticed my patients who I didn't have very many patients, honestly, thank god who didn't who got COVID. But a lot of my patients who who didn't get most of my patients who were on peptides, were fine. And so I think that's really, really interesting. So the immunity aspect of it, too. So how this works is it's in a sequence. So week one, two, people are like, Okay, let's see, I'm gonna take it, what am I going to get skinny. And I'm like, Well, you got me with our health coach to make sure your diet and we got an exercise routine going on.
Because I always tell patients, you just taking these peptides is not going to make this is like the cherry on top of a sundae like you got to do the work. But this is like the finishing touches to make your efforts go away. So week one, you typically notice your sleep gets better week to focus and cognition tends to get better. Week three skin texture tends to get better that creepiness in the neck week for recovery and repair tends to get better. And then Week Six and above is typically more of those body composition change. In my practice, we have something called an inbody 570. And so this is a body composition analysis because I don't really look at BMI. And I look at body fat percentage, I look at visceral fat, I look at basal metabolic rate, I look at all kinds of body fat mass, all those things.
And so this is a great barometer of checking are we making the good changes we want to check because muscle can sometimes take up space in the body where you know in relationship to gravity, you're still the same weight, but you've dropped 7% body fat is because of the peptides. So that's a really good peptide that one's typically injected five days per week, we typically skip two days per week most efficient skip Saturday and Sunday. Typically, you're going to want to inject it before bed. If we're doing it for weight loss though, I typically recommend a dosing of five units three times a day, it tends to accelerate the weight loss a little bit side effects with this one, typically see a little bit of a flush, like you may get a little bit of Hot, Flat hot flash for like a couple minutes, and then it's over very, very quickly. Peptides have to be refrigerated. So that's kind of how those work. So
Dr. Stephanie Gray 8:19
if patients are seeing body composition changes around six weeks, right, what are you doing that in body? Are you waiting 90 days,
Alexis Yoo 8:25
so if you're a patient of mine, I let you do advise whenever you want. So some patients will do them every four weeks. Some patients are like, I'm gonna come to an invitee when I'm due for my refill of the bottle, and then we can kind of see okay, is that working is that because I there's like three or four peptides I use for weight loss. So I'm like, maybe this one would be a better option for you. So I typically have do it like about week six or week eight, right? The bottles, if you're dosing it twice a day will last them about 10 weeks, so about week eight. And then we can kind of determine do we want to continue or not? And they'll they'll usually do that in body with like our health coach. And she will kind of say, All right, you know, and she our health coach is very well versed in peptides as well just because we do a ton of them. So she'll kind of let me know, like, Hey, I think this is going well. Or she'll say have you thought about this. So she'll even bring her some information. To me, that's good. That's kind of how that peptide works.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 9:09
I think for listeners. So there are different I don't even know what we call and they all sound the same there's so there's test morale, and improve morale. And so these are all very similar, that they're all going to help your body produce more of that growth hormone that you were alluding to. So different providers use maybe they have a different choice drug or they get a different one from different pharmacy, but they're all basically the same. Same thing other than you'd like to hit them around because of the longer half life. Yeah. All right. So yeah, so what else is in your toolbox here?
Alexis Yoo 9:36
EO D? EO D stands for anti obesity drug and what this one specifically does, it works on lipid lysis. So it helps specifically with the breakdown of fat tissue.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 9:46
That's what my policies are like the licenses, right? break down fat. So if you're trying to lose weight, that's what you're going for. Right? Yeah. Okay.
Alexis Yoo 9:52
And so with this one, it also has actually a nice positive effect on lipid levels, so it can actually reduce cholesterol. I know Dr. Seeds likes to use it for joint he finds that it actually helps with joints and I think he even injects AOD right into a joint. I've kind of messed with the protocol a little bit and like I like I was telling you when we're kind of off air is that I have a really great relationship with a compound peptide pharmacists who's a 4am training. And what's so neat is I always bounce ideas off her. I'm like, Hey, I'm gonna change this protocol, and I'll let you know what happens. And then you know, she kind of works with me, which is so neat.
But so AOD works specifically on mypal. ISIS helps break down fat tissue also helps with joints. So if I have someone with a lot of visceral fat, I like to use this one out not to be confused with Tessa Morlin. Tessa Morlin is on the market as a grifter. Okay, so it's FDA approved a grifter, which specifically works on visceral fat. So it's a little different. It works on your body's ability to not store fat and help you break down the current fat situation. So it's different. So I like that one. I typically cycle that one, I usually do 20 units twice a day, maybe every three months kind of thing, just to kind of give them a little bit of a break. And that's just personally what I do what I have found best, just because I think that works really well for patients.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 11:02
Was that sort of a god because I haven't used this one. Is that injected directly into where they have excess fat.
Alexis Yoo 11:09
No, it doesn't matter. It's a systemic. Yeah, it's a systemic absorption. Yeah. So it's subcutaneous, usually in the belly. Yeah, what you're talking about though, that is that's Deoxycholic acid that is a fat dissolver, which that that goes back into the esthetic stuff, but But yes, so that is a little different. It's systemic absorption. And then the other weight loss, one that I like to use is Molina 10, two. So Mowlana 10. Two is another peptide, it acts on the moulana Court and receptors. I call this is like my adipex peptide, and that it really controls cravings and appetite, you're just really not that hungry on it. We also call it the Barbie peptide, and that increases your libido and makes your skin more tan.
One side effect though, is it gives you a really bad like flush, like worse than the CJC almost like you look like a sunburn for you know, a couple minutes and then it's over. It's really quick freckling. So people will kind of get some weird freckles here and there. The only contraindication to this peptide is a history of melanoma, we don't do it in melanoma patients. AOD only has any contraindications except maybe pregnancy and breastfeeding. And then CJC contraindications is active cancer. So Malana T into helps with we actually treat also for mold. So which I don't get into mold, but I have a patient who sees another provider for mold. And I was like, maybe we do this peptide just for
Dr. Stephanie Gray 12:18
that. Yeah, I see lots of mold. I mean, I see lots of mold. And I know and that's one of the reasons I also was interested in getting into peptides. But yes, but we won't digress, we'll stay on topic.
Alexis Yoo 12:27
Yeah, so also really great for autoimmunity really, really good for autoimmune. So my TPO antibodies tend to drop when they're on this, which is so neat. So this one's injection injection, subcutaneous, in the belly, 15 units daily for one to two weeks. And then you change the protocol to 25 units twice weekly, or what I have found in my patients is they like to do 10 units five days a week, because it helps control their appetite a little bit better. Again, freckling can be the biggest annoyance with this thing when you stop it, the freckling does go away. But some patients it can get really, really bad. Like I had a lady who already had freckles. And she's like, I think I just turned into a giant freckle.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 13:01
Like any kind of logo. So is that reversible as it wears? Awesome.
Alexis Yoo 13:05
Yeah, I mean, it's reversible. So when I got my eyebrows microbladed I stopped it and my skin lightened up and it was fine.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 13:12
How are these cycles done? So when someone takes on a tan forever? Or how would they cycle it?
Alexis Yoo 13:16
No. So that's a good question. We get that a lot. The unfortunate thing, Stephanie, I mean, there is a lot of research to support peptides and their you know, safety and efficaciousness however, they're it's they've not been around very long in the sense that not a lot of people are experimenting with them. And to know what is exactly as best practice. And so kind of like what I said before, you know, I went through three or four certifications in peptide therapy through a mg through a four m through bio T. And I'm now at the level of like, okay, I'm done with like, Intro certification courses. Now I'm ready to like do some continuing education. So like I said, this summer I'm gonna go to Dr. Seeds is SRP. So those are going to be part of the questions is like, Okay, what is best practice for protocols.
So typically, I have patients three or four months, then take four to six weeks off, and then and then restart it, then restart it, because the thing you want to keep in mind is, you know, IGF one is kind of debatable. Do you check it? Do you not check it? You know, what do we what's the optimal level, again, kind of like women's testosterone, we don't really know what optimal level is, like, whatever you feel good at. That's optimal. You know, and so it's kind of one of those things that, you know, do we check it or not check it and so, from what I've gathered is cycling the peptides is smart, three to four months, taking four to six weeks off and then re restarting them. Yeah.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 14:31
And so for the listeners, IGF one is insulin like growth factor, right. So so basically growth hormone. So do we want to check that do we want that to we don't know how high is too high, right? Especially if you have cancer, that's a bad thing. You don't want it to be really high. So that's why like you mentioned before, some of the complications are accurate cancers are sure Yeah. Okay. What are your other favorite peptides? So we talked about peptides for weight loss.
Alexis Yoo 14:55
Honestly, I used to love thymosin Alpha One ta one was one of my by far i He did a ton for autoimmunity cilia. Boyd, you know, I can't get it anymore. FDA took it away because of people. So that's the thing with providers and doing peptides. That's it with a patient, I say has the potential to increase immunity or improve immunity? I don't I would never say this treats COVID That's stupid. I would never say it. So because of that in the media or physicians making claims that whether they did or didn't, I don't know. But the FDA does not like that. And so then they take stuff away from us, unfortunately. So ta one by far one of my favorite peptides, I was on that for quite some time during the pandemic, as as a preventative.
So I like that for autoimmunity, it helps the thymus gland, increase the immune protection. I like BPC 157, which is body protection compound, I actually use this a ton in my gut patients leaky gut, si Bo kalite. I have lymphocytic and collagenous colitis patients body protection compound helps with recovery restoration repair. So the three R's. It's a capsule for really cost effective. And I usually have them do it for about two months, maybe take four weeks off, then do it again. So works really, really well. I also like G hkcu, which is my anti age. So if you're going to ask me, okay, what would you do for anti aging, I say GH Casey is a really neat peptide. So we actually do it in serum. I do it in a cream so for face and then I do it for an injection studies actually show that decrease by Rinke wrinkles by about 30% by about six weeks. So that's a really really like high quality stuff. If you can avoid like a toxin like vote, you know, people got issues with Botox, like, that's a great option. So that's a really good one PT 141. That's probably another one I use a lot of. So again, I do a lot with
Dr. Stephanie Gray 16:43
I'm gonna stop you I'm a stickler for a second before we go to libido. So let me go back. So basically, those are what you just mentioned, because listeners may not know what that is basically copper peptides, right, that can be applied topically to the skin and we carry those at the clinic and those have been hot sellers. I was also gonna say on the aesthetic topic, before we go to libido. Do you use peptides for hair loss? Do you use topical serums? Also? Oh, absolutely.
Alexis Yoo 17:04
Yeah. So I actually do I do PRP treatments in the hair. So I do PRP, yeah, I will do GH kcu in the morning, but really, I feel like the winner is the PTM without boric acid. I use that as a spray at night. And it works phenomenal. So what I say is when I works phenomenal what I would see after one treatment of PRP with those peptides is what I would almost see after three treatments of just PRP. So it's it's some higher level stuff and that it accelerates those results. And what it does is it strengthens the hair follicle and the size of the follicle so it works extremely well. This year, we'll be bringing on exosomes. So exosomes is the most pure biologic, you're going to get more than PRP because if you think about it, let's say you have a man in his 50s and he's losing his hair and you're like okay, let's PRP and his diet is just absolutely not good. The PRP reflects him so like your best patients are going to be your healthy patients who drink water eat good did not a lot of impurities in their PRP because then the PRP is gonna be tainted if they don't have a good, a good
Dr. Stephanie Gray 18:05
and again, for the listeners, I just got to break this down. PRP is platelet rich plasma so basically so you're basically having your blood taken and then spun down and then the plasma injected right which is full of peptides right yeah, injected back into your scalp. Exactly. And that's something I that's on my to do list this year. I want to be able to offer PRP also we offer the topical, all the topicals you mentioned but I want to be able to do PRP as well. Yeah, because yes, we can work on our face, but for many women, it's not even the face, it's the hair, loss of hair that's really impacting their confidence and whatnot. So for sure, do you offer sounds like everything in your purchase which is awesome. Okay, let's go on. Then to you're about to talk about I think PT 141 Yeah, yes. So
Alexis Yoo 18:43
PT 141 is a derivative of Milena tan so Romea tide is is kind of the derivative of it. And so PT 141 is what we call it. This is a peptide that acts as an aphrodisiac. So we use it in men and women. It can come in an injection it can come in a trophy which is a dissolvable like little meltaway It's like a feels like a crayon but it's visible meltaway
Dr. Stephanie Gray 19:06
Do you think that works as well as the injection or no, I've only offered
Alexis Yoo 19:09
injections yeah because the gastric acid was really you should be absorbing it sub link sub ukulele because it's a trophy right. The nausea though the side effect of nausea so I actually had Linda my compound pharmacy mix it with B six to help with the as an antiemetic after a little bit but I feel like the injection in the nasal sprayer are far superior just because the injection gets in there real quick. That is actually show that men who did not respond to Viagra or Cialis are 80% more likely to respond to PT 141 So I feel like crazy.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 19:41
Oh absolutely says a totally different mechanism of action. It works on the nervous system right calm you down.
Alexis Yoo 19:47
Right so if you think about Cialis and Viagra, those are basal dilator so what they do is they increase blood flow to the genital area to help with things like arousal or maintaining of erection. What this does is it acts More on the brain so it helps up there, which sometimes is the problem unfortunately. So it works extremely, extremely well. So I offer a nasal spray and I offer an injection.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 20:13
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Alexis Yoo 21:34
Yeah, we have something called the goddess protocol. So we of course we do. So we have oxytocin nasal spray, we've got sildenafil, DHEA m&r Folin for topicals. And then we do so in my goddess protocol. There's PT 141 in it as well.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 21:48
So that topical combination you're referring to so that would be applied vaginally before intercourse right to help with blood flow and sensation. Right
Alexis Yoo 21:54
you apply it to like the clitoral region. So the the Viagra in the topical will increase the blood flow to the tip of the clitoris. The oxytocin is the love hormone. So this is typically Pete, either after you have a baby when you're breastfeeding after you have an orgasm, or it just what it does is it promotes a closeness or a bond, you know, to connection or Yeah, so the connection is so you're just more into it. Okay, you're kind of you're kind of hitting all the all the aspects of barriers of why maybe women struggle with libido, which is a common problem. My goodness, I almost think it's rare. When I say to a woman, like any issues with your leader there say no, I'm like, follow my chair. I'm like, Are you serious? Great. Awesome. I feel like more times than not, that's what brings them to my practice. And they're like, I need your help. I'm like, Okay,
Dr. Stephanie Gray 22:36
I totally agree. What about a pedal on? I know, we have heard what at least I have had some other guests talk a little bit about that. Do you use that in practice? Yeah.
Alexis Yoo 22:44
So we just, we just kind of started using that one a little bit more, mainly because it's now available through my compound pharmacy that I use locally. What it does is it lengthens the telomeres from a longevity perspective, as we age or as we're exposed to just toxins and bad stuff. It shortens our telomeres, which ages us quicker. So this is like the Fountain of Youth peptide so to speak. And so yeah, that's kind of what I know about it. Now, the question is, do you actually feel anything when you take it? No, I don't, I don't think you'll notice anything. I think you will notice nothing from it. So I maybe I find that that's not the most popular people like I want the like people love when the flush happens after their CGC I'm like, Ooh, I know it's working and it's in there working a pedal on there. Like I don't really notice anything like you're not going to but I am looking into seeing how can I measure telomeres and patients because I you know, I love me a good before and after. So I'm going to try to figure that out. I got Linda helping me with that my pharmacy on how can I measure telomeres and then do like six weeks of this and then try? Yeah, you see what happened? Yeah,
Dr. Stephanie Gray 23:42
absolutely. Well, you've been a wealth of knowledge, which is super interesting. And basically now I just know I have a high desire to incorporate all of this into my practice, but after
Alexis Yoo 23:51
a while, it's hard yeah, baby steps.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 23:53
So let me ask two more questions for you. So one, is there anything that you didn't get a chance to share today? That is a huge passion of yours something that you do use in your practice really from a longevity standpoint,
Alexis Yoo 24:02
we do Pro on you know, I feel like pro needs to be mentioned that does if you've read the book The longevity diet by Valter Longo I feel like that is actually huge. So I do think pro lawn is a great option. Now, you know, there's some controversial research as far as don't do, don't do that your autoimmune patients, you're going to elicit a cortisol response, okay? It's only five days it's not like we're doing it every day. So I do think Prolon is a great addition to any integrative anti aging medicine practice. I think, you know, staying up to date on what's current what's best practice collaborating with like minded individuals, I think is key. But no, I think it's the whole package you know, I don't it's diet. It's got health, its nutrition, its sleep, its lifestyle. It's, you know, all these cool peptides. No, there really isn't, you know, all these cool peptides are ways for me to just make your quality of life better, or, you know, trying to get the most out of life. That's really what the goal here is. So I always say we're just trying to disrupt aging, you know, aging. Unfortunately, there's not really an ICD 10 code For ageing doesn't mean it sucks any less. I just say I would like to have my patients age age gracefully age. Well, my 50 year olds are like me and I haven't felt this good ever other say, I haven't had this best of sex ever. And I'm like, well, that's I don't know if that sad or if I should just hug you. But it's good.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 25:16
Yeah, I love how you said that. I had never heard this before. That kind of peptides are kind of like the cherry on on top of the cake. Parallel to how I opened the episode. I think from a longevity standpoint, there are several steps right before we even get to aesthetics or extras or you know, peptides, whatnot, we have to prove that healthy look at genetics, we do optimize hormones, that's huge with us. We detox the body. We look at cardiovascular risks, we look at immune health. I mean, there's so many things we can do to better longevity in our patients. But there are fancy little cherry cherry on top of cake options that that we as providers who stay progressive have in our toolbox. So I love that you have that. Tell me what your top longevity tip is. And this could even be for you something that you incorporate daily, weekly whatnot,
Alexis Yoo 25:55
I definitely feel like try not to overstress so as you very well know owning a practice being a nurse practitioner. So in the Midwest, it's really hard to be a nurse practitioner business owner, it's really hard in that I feel like we almost have to be overly conscious of getting a good informed consent making sure all your documentation is there just because unfortunately, in when we talk about standard of care, and you can't see me err, quoting listeners, but there's their standard of care. Standard of Care is the bare minimum someone has to do to to manage someone. I feel like in integrative medicine, functional medicine, we go above and beyond the standard of care. And a lot of times it's ridiculed, so don't stress I try not to stress, I always make sure that I get some good quality sleep. I think to me, sleep is huge. Working out as far as exercise I at minimum five days a week. And my preference is CrossFit just because I like lifting weights, and I like how it makes me feel i i have a patient who's like a Reiki Master and she's like, I think you should meditate. I'm like, I'm an Enneagram seven, like my mind goes at like 100 miles a minute. I can't slow down like
Dr. Stephanie Gray 27:00
yoga yoga once a week would be good for you. You can do your CrossFit but yes, yes, yes.
Alexis Yoo 27:04
So I try not to overly stress. I think that's huge, because I think when someone walks in stress, it looks like stress on them like you look age staying consistent with a good skincare routine. So you can't treat your face like a flip flop and expect it to look like a Louis Vuitton. So I think good skincare I think is key. And then really finding balance with your diet I think is probably the the third biggest thing. And what I mean by that is like I'm a mom, I've got three kids, I have a set of twins that are 11 and a three year old like, it's you can't eat perfect all the time. So I definitely think making sure that you've got good balance and that don't overly stress about it. And I think honestly, like my dad always says if Lexi was any more calm, she'd be sedated. I just try not to overly stress. I tried to get a good exercise routine to balance our sleep and nutrition. You know, so as you can see, None None of it was peptides. I mean, yes, pellets are awesome. You know, I stay consistent with those just because of all the benefits you get. And I feel like they make me get the most out of my workouts. peptides are awesome, but I think it's the foundations. I think it's the foundation of them.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 28:03
I love it. Okay, Lexi, tell us where listeners can find you and follow you. Yeah,
Alexis Yoo 28:07
so my practice is located in Indiana. We're located in a city called Noblesville, Indiana, which is in a North suburb of of Center, which is Indianapolis. Our address is 10400 Pleasant Street. Noblesville, Indiana, the website is you direct health calm. My Instagram handle is you direct health underscore esthetics and then my podcast is called the better you project. So I've actually done a couple podcasts about peptides and medical supervised weight loss and things like that. So that's kind of where where I'm at.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 28:36
Well, your ball fire. Thank you so much for coming on the show and sharing so much with our listeners, I think I will hopefully be able to divide this into a couple episodes. So thanks again for sharing your expertise and your big smile and help for our listeners here Welcome.
This interview really inspired me to look more into offering esthetics and adding more peptides to my practice. We now offer most of the peptides that Lexi mentioned in this episode, so if you're a current patient and interested call to schedule a peptide console. Also I recorded this episode months ago and I'm happy to announce that I'm now currently enrolled in esthetic modules to learn all about facial sculpting and contouring. I plan to be able to offer neuromodulators fillers PDO threads and PRP at the integrative health and hormone clinic in 2022.
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