All about how to increase our health and lifespan

Written by: Dr Ankit Chawla
Edited by: Conor Lynch

In our quest for a longer, more fulfilling life, the field of longevity medicine has emerged as a beacon of hope. This interdisciplinary approach combines scientific research, lifestyle modifications, and preventive strategies to promote well-being and improve our health span, as well as (potentially) our life span.


In this article below, esteemed GP and functional medicine practitioner, Dr Ankit Chawla, explains how sleep, exercise, nutrition, and emotional well-being play crucial roles in our overall health.

What makes sleep so important for our overall health?

Sleep is not just some well-deserved downtime for our brains, but it’s also a dynamic process that rejuvenates our entire system. Here’s why quality sleep matters:


  • Brain health: During sleep, our brains detoxify, repair, and consolidate memories. Adequate rest enhances cognitive function and emotional resilience.
  • Physical repair: Sleep supports tissue repair, immune function, and cardiovascular health. It’s like a nightly tune-up for our bodies.
  • Mood and stress: A good night’s sleep reduces stress, anxiety, and depression.


What effects do exercise have on our health?

Regular physical activity isn’t just about weight management; it’s a powerful elixir for longevity, due to the following reasons:


  • Heart health: Exercise improves cardiovascular function, lowers blood pressure, and reduces the risk of heart disease.
  • Energy boost: Physical activity enhances endurance, muscle strength, and overall vitality.
  • Brain fitness: Exercise stimulates brain chemicals that boost mood, memory, and cognitive function.


How important is nutrition for our overall well-being?

What we eat profoundly impacts our health span. Consider these nutritional principles:


  • Balanced diet: Opt for whole foods, colourful fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
  • Antioxidants: These combat oxidative stress and inflammation, promoting cellular health.


What role does emotional well-being play in terms of our health?

Our emotional health directly influences physical well-being. Here’s why emotional well-being matters:


  • Stress management: Chronic stress accelerates ageing through the stress hormone cortisol. Practice mindfulness, meditation, or hobbies that bring joy.
  • Social connections: Meaningful relationships boost happiness and resilience.
  • Purpose and fulfillment: Try to find a sense of purpose; it adds years to your life.


To schedule in an appointment today with Dr Ankit Chawla, head on over and visit his Top Doctors profile.

By Dr Ankit Chawla
GP (general practitioner)

Dr Ankit Chawla is a highly respected, experienced, and skilled GP and functional medicine practitioner who specialises in longevity medicine, integrative medicine, obesity, menopause, hormone replacement therapy, and nutrition, as well as a broad range of other health conditions.

He is the founder of the Agami Health clinic in Marylebone, London which provides personalised, holistic, and proactive health optimisation strategies and treatments. Dr Chawla provides expert consultations using the power of advanced clinical assessments and diagnostic tools, from personalised genomics, metabolomics and gut health to cutting edge physiological and body composition testing to guide nutrition and exercise plans.

His focus is on improving your health span as well as your lifespan. Dr Chawla, who completed an MBBS at the prestigious Imperial College London in 2013, is also an expert when it comes to exercise, muscle strengthening, gut health, chronic fatigue, metabolic health, and hypertension.

He is incredibly passionate about proactive strategies for longevity and a happy, healthy life. Dr Chawla possesses both a BSc in Neuroscience and Mental health, as well as a Master's degree in Bioengineering, highlighting his versatility and his passion for technology in providing cutting edge healthcare to patients. He is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

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