What is NAD?

NAD stands for Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide and naturally exists in all of the living cells in our bodies. Without NAD, we wouldn’t be able to live healthy lives. There are two forms of the molecule, NAD+, and the other NADH.

NAD precursors include nicotinamide, nicotinamide riboside, nicotinamide mononucleotide. But what is the difference between NAD+ and NADH ?

To put is simply, one form of the molecule is holding onto an electron and the other is not. When NADH donates an electron, it becomes NAD+, and when NAD+ takes an electron from another molecule it becomes NADH.The fact is without either form of this molecule, we wouldn’t be able to lead fruitful lives, let alone survive.

NAD+, the oxidated form of the molecule, is able to take electrons from the molecules in foods that you eat. After taking these electrons, it donates them to the mitochondria in your cells, to be utilised as energy.On top of helping sustain mitochondrial function , NAD is crucial to the ageing process because the molecule is active in DNA repair, chemical stress and inflammation.

NAD sets the standard for our energy levels and how well (or poorly) we age; two factors that can heavily influence how well and happily we live our entire lives.

THE MIRACLE MOLECULE: In the world of hustle, grind and waking up at 5:00 am, energy is everything. Between back to back work meetings, family, and self-care, it seems like we never have enough of it. The reality of the modern way of life is as follows: energy = productivity.

The more energy we have, the better we can perform and the more we are able to invest in our short-term and long-term priorities.

The True North Float & Drip IV teams empathises with the grand demands of your life, and we’re here to help you optimise your energy so you can crush your goals at work, home and in the gym. To help you do so, we now offer NAD+ Therapy , better known as the “energy” or '“molecule of youth” drip.

Read on to discover more about the benefits of NAD and how supplementing it can help you get from ordinary to top-performer levels of productivity and efficiency in all areas of your life.

LOW ENERGY LEVELS ARE AN EPIDEMIC: Low energy levels and exhaustion are a silent epidemic in Australia, especially in the workplace. These five jaw-dropping statistics prove how low energy levels are negatively affecting work performance and productivity throughout all industries:

  1. 80% of business executives sourly admit to not working at their optimal energy levels on a daily basis.

  2. 76% of people report feeling tired at work

  3. 43% of Australians are too tired to perform their functions safely at work

  4. 60% of workers admit to making mistakes because they are tired

To be a top-performer, you need to learn how to increase your day-to-day energy, and understanding what NAD is, why NAD therapy works, and how it can benefit your lifestyle is a great place to start.

HOW OUR BODIES CREATE ENERGY 101: Mitochondria are referred to as the “energy factories” of our cells, and rightly so, as they generate around 90% of the energy that our cells require for survival and normal function. NAD decline is normal as we age, and because NAD is directly responsible for sustaining mitochondrial function, that leads to a decline in the production of energy-rich ATP molecules produced by mitochondria. All these biological changes sequentially cause our energy levels to plummet as we age.

AGEING RESEARCHERS LINK NAD+ TO LONGEVITY: To paint a better picture, a person who is 80 years old only has anywhere between 1-10% of the NAD levels they did in their youthful years, and a middle-aged person normally has around 50% of NAD levels compared to their youth. NAD also helps protect us from free radicals , which are unstable atoms that influence ageing and disease. Several human studies continue to show that ageing is directly associated with a decrease in overall mitochondrial capacity. So, if you want to look good and feel good, boosting your NAD levels needs to be a top priority.

NAD HELPS SUFFERERS OF CFS: For the last few decades, doctors have successfully treated Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with NAD and considering all of the diseases listed, NAD has shown to be most effective in treating CFS because it has a potent effect in curbing fatigue. Clinical trials suggest that supplementing NAD may possibly delay the ageing process and the onset of diseases linked to such, including:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)

  • High blood pressure

  • Depression

  • Alzheimer’s

  • Parkinsons

  • Diabetes

  • Cancer

NAD has also attracted much intrigue as a potential cancer therapeutic because it is present in the salvage pathway of cancer cells and their metabolism.

YOUR LIFESTYLE CAN HELP INCREASE NAD LEVELS: What precisely is the role of mitochondria in energy production? And how can NAD help us reach top-performance levels in our homes, careers and holistic lives?

We hear that we should eat well, exercise and decrease stress levels all the time, but we really don’t understand the science behind why we should do all these things. The truth is that your lifestyle can increase or decrease your NAD levels.

Your lifestyle can be the reason you feel like a million bucks or just the opposite because it either supports or detriments mitochondrial health. Because True North Float & Drip IV Aus cares about how you feel, and how well you age, we’ve put together some lifestyle tips that can help you increase your NAD levels.

  1. Calorie Restriction: If you’re low on energy levels, try to cut down your calorie count anywhere between 20-30% . Restricting calories in a healthy manner, as well as intermittent fasting, may naturally increase NAD levels. Animal studies also show that fasting can activate SIRT1, which can increase longevity.

  2. Consuming the Right Ratio of Calories: One word, “ Keto .” The Keto diet , which consists of high-fat and low-carb, kicks your body into a state of ketosis. Ketosis can increase NAD+ and NADH levels naturally.

  3. NAD Boosters: To help you keep your skin flawless for longer, and your age in check, you can take a NAD booster to supplement your natural NAD levels. The traditional way to do so is to take an oral tablet , but more and more people are utilising IV Infusions to get their NAD topped up, just like they do their B12 shots.

EFFECTIVE TIPS FOR MANAGING YOUR ENERGY Now that you have some tips in your back pocket to increase your energy levels, you need to learn how to manage the natural energy at your disposal, a talent arguably more important than managing your time.

To optimise the NAD that you do have, you should practice maintaining a healthy and holistic routine:

  1. Nutrition: These foods can help increase your NAD levels naturally, so stock up on them the next time you visit your local market:

  2. Fish

  3. Yeast

  4. Chicken

  5. Dairy milk

  6. Green vegetables

  1. Sleep Schedule: Whatever you do, catch Zzz’s and catch enough of them! Disrupting your sleep schedule can wreak havoc on your circadian rhythms and will cause the SIRT1 gene, which is NAD-dependent, to be suppressed . This is because NAD and sirtuins , a group of proteins created by NAD, help to regulate your circadian rhythm.

  2. Activity: Pace yourself with high strenuous activity to avoid burnout. Overextending your body in a short period of time can easily diminish energy levels and lead to oxidative stress, which can lead to decreased levels of NAD in your body.

  3. Meditation: Practice meditation or mindfulness on a daily basis. Meditation can slow the ageing process by promoting cellular health, in as little as thirty minutes a day.

The main takeaway is that youth and vitality are not going to linger around in spite of your lifestyle. These aspects of life are going to remain with you because of your lifestyle. See to it that you are doing all that you can to stay young and energetic for as long as you can!

HOW DOES NAD+ IV THERAPY with DRIP IV WORK? Oral tablets that contain nicotinamide riboside (nr) can take 4 to 8 weeks to have any noticeable effects on energy levels. For many of us, waiting 4 to 8 weeks to feel an increase in energy levels is not an option! We want energy, and we want it yesterday .

NAD infusions available at True North Float with Drip IV , quickly restore cellular levels of NAD+ intravenously and are shown to not only repair DNA but also protect brain cells from damage, reduce inflammation and have anti-ageing results.

To date, there are no known side effects of NAD+ intravenous supplementation, the therapy is completely safe. When you come to True North Float, your NAD+ treatment of choice will only be administered by a specially trained Registered Nurse overseen by our Medical Director.

NADH for Athletes: For all the weekend warriors out there, the NAD Infusions can also help improve your athletic performance. In fact, the intravenous NAD drip is used by many Olympic and professional athletes to enhance their endurance, stamina, and energy levels following training sessions. One large study showed that athletes that took a daily dose of NAD nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide over the course of 4 weeks experienced improvement in their distributed reaction times (DRTs) and their ability to recognise patterns.

If you’re an amateur athlete that wants to take training to the next level, NAD+ IV Therapy may be what you’ve been looking for.