BIÂN Expansion Updates
Opening June 2023, the expansion of the physical space will allow our membership to grow, and the member experience to continue to evolve.
We are thrilled to announce our expansion plan, opening June 2023! This growth plan includes the addition of not only more physical space, but new community offerings and expanded services for its rapidly growing membership.
BIÂN will unveil an additional 9,000 square feet of club space to accommodate our members’ health, work and social habits in a post-pandemic world. The expansion will include additional elevated hybrid work areas for this new paradigm of flexible work and play, small private rooms for calls, and large conference rooms for members. To grow our social and dining offerings, BIÂN will also now feature a new lounge, formal dining space, private event space, and an expanded kitchen. An addition of two new studios, private training, yoga, and meditation spaces, and two ancillary locker rooms will support expanded fitness options.
Events, Lounge, & Hybrid Workspace
- Our corporate, member event, and private event programming will be growing immensely with the opening of two larger conference room spaces as well as a new lounge space, which will allow for bigger private events upwards of 150 guests without interruption to the membership experience.
- Four small private rooms for phone calls, video conferencing, and intimate meetings will now be available, as well as semi-private group spaces for teams to work closer together.
- Rental of larger conference rooms and entire lounge, both existing and expansion, will all be available for member events and private events.
Food & Beverage
- Our newly expanded club space will feature a state-of-the-art kitchen. This kitchen boasts many new abilities for our food and beverage program which will elevate our restaurant menu and offer additional capacity for member events and private events. Additionally, we're excited to convert our existing kitchen into a satellite kitchen, which will feature a daily breakfast menu, dedicated sushi bar, and event outlet.
- We’re also introducing convenient online ordering for our new lounge networking area and expanded grab-and-go options for those on the move. With these updates, our club space becomes more dynamic for all of our member’s needs.
- Our newly expanded Food and Beverage program is proud to feature a three-time-a-day elevated club café menu, carefully crafted by our very own Chef Ryan Maher. Chef Maher is committed to using thoughtful, seasonal, and locally-sourced ingredients to create delicious and satisfying dishes. Any time of day; breakfast, lunch, or dinner, members will find a wide selection of flavorful options to choose from.
Fitness & Studio
- Fitness class capacity will be expanding by 50% across the board as we move the Turf strength formats into the new fitness and studio space equipped with brand new Rogue Fitness and Perform Better weight training systems and functionality.
- New Fitness formats are in the works in the new space, in addition to a new Martial Arts programming and martial arts open gym.
- Studio programming will be increasing with the addition of specialty classes such as ab labs, yoga workshops, small group fitness programs, and meditation offerings, in addition to a larger private space for reformer pilates, a large private studio with infrared heat capabilities, and the ability to add additional classes during our prime-time hours for maximum accessibility and to meet the demand of our growing membership.
- With the relocation of most Fitness programming, our current, state-of-the-art fitness facility will now become more spacious for those who wish to exercise on their own and for our personal training program.
- BIAN will be growing its workforce through an elevation of responsibilities and roles with current staff, while adding personnel in multiple departments of the club to meet the increased demand and space. We believe in nourishing our workforce and are excited to elevate our dedicated team.
The expansion of the physical space will allow our membership to grow, and the member experience to continue to evolve. The service programming at BIÂN will also continue to develop, with enhanced offerings such as integrative executive physicals, physical therapy, expanded member events, BIÂN beauty services for non-members, and thought leadership sessions and seminars with the team of Doctors and Wellness Leaders for groups and corporate teams. “I believe that the world is ready and receptive to the fact that well-being is a necessary priority in all arenas - personally, professionally, and everything in between - as it is all interconnected in order to live a joyful and vital existence,” says BIÂN Co-Founder and Chief Wellness Officer, Mar Soraparu.
“We will never remain static in our offerings. Rather, we will continue to thoughtfully add and evolve our options to fully support our community and our goal of leading in a new paradigm of wellness and living well. Our foundation is strong, our leaders are experienced, and our focus remains on constant improvement and elevation in all aspects of BIÂN.” says Joe Fisher, BIÂN Co-Founder & CEO.
With this expansion, BIÂN continues to trail blaze in the luxury health and wellness space, offering our members the best in fitness, wellness, beauty, and business – all in an effort to help enhance wellbeing and work/life balance from one luxurious location.
How Can Hormonal Imbalances Influence Gut Health?
The gut-microbiome is the root of our physiologic tree. When our root is damaged, the rest of the branches can be disrupted.
There is a two-way relationship between gut-microbiome and hormones. Our gut is predominantly made up of what’s called the microbiome, the biodiversity of various bacteria, fungi and viruses that coexist with us. We know that the microbiome plays important roles in processing certain hormones like estrogen, for example. In turn, the hormones of our body act both generally and locally in our gut to influence function and overall balance. Our gut-microbiome is an intelligent system that senses then influences nearly every hormonal feedback loop in our body.
Estrogen is a critical hormone for both women and men, being known for female sexual development, pregnancy and menopause. Estrogen also is involved in initiating metabolism, cardiovascular, bone and brain health.
Certain species in our gut-microbiome create a complex called the estrobolome that has demonstrated the ability to metabolize estrogen for clearance or activate it to forms our body can use via an enzyme called beta-glucuronidase.
If our gut-microbiome is out of balance (called dysbiosis), this important turnkey of estrogen processing can manifest as estrogen-related conditions
Insulin is arguably the biggest player in our metabolic health. Meaning that insulin is all about managing blood sugar, regulating inflammation, restoring and reserving resources in the body. Insulin dynamics get deranged in a condition like diabetes because the body is having a hard time with consistently high blood sugar levels, it pumps out more insulin to compensate but eventually the cells become resistant to its effect, creating disease manifestations.
The connection to the gut-microbiome again has to do with the complexes that it creates in order to metabolize hormones to adjust their activity. Research shows estrogen helps sensitize the cells to the effects of insulin, therefore, if our gut-microbiome is out of balance, it could lead to disruptions in the estrogen-insulin dynamic leading to problems. We see this play out in women that are post-menopausal and develop diabetes because the activity of estrogen in their body drops precipitously, naturally.
The thyroid hormones ramp up or down the rate of metabolism in the body. There are thyroid receptors on nearly every tissue and cell in the body. Dysbiosis in the gut-microbiome is associated with hypothyroidism where the body is having trouble producing enough thyroid hormone, creating many types issues.
Melatonin & Serotonin
Melatonin is a powerful regulator of our bio-rhythms in its fluctuations with exposure to light and darkness, hence its popular use before bedtime.
Darkness and specific avoidance of certain wavelengths of light are important inducers of melatonin production. The catch is that you need plenty of the neurotransmitter serotonin reaching the brain for that conversion to be efficient.
Serotonin is thought to be a brain-based chemical (think of SSRI anti-depressant medications) but interestingly more than 90% of our serotonin is produced from our gut-microbiome. If our gut is out of balance and digestion is skewed, it could be that serotonin production and release could be impaired as well. This can affect sleep, mood, concentration, and the production of our sleepy hormone melatonin.
Cortisol is well known for our adaptation to stress. As a hormone it mobilizes resources and processes to respond efficiently to emergent events. Stress is a common complaint in our society, so what are the bidirectional effects on the gut-microbiome?
When we are stressed by something, cortisol plays a role with our “fight or flight” sympathetic nervous system response which preferentially shunts blood to our brain, muscles and limbs instead of our digestive organs which, if repeated consistently, can make digestion and our gut-microbiome health out of balance. In other words, when we are in a stressed state, the body doesn’t prioritize digestion in a perceived time of crisis, and when chronic, it can eventually alter the gut-microbiome negatively. Cortisol is a key player here and is why stress management or looking to understanding how stress is manifesting in your life is so important.
How can hormone-driven disruptions in the gut influence skin health?
Our gut-microbiome and our organs of detoxification, namely the liver, are tasked with metabolizing and making safe nearly everything that interacts with our system. In modern times, we are embedded in an environment of chemicals, herbicides, pesticides and microplastics that have endocrine-disrupting and gut-microbiome damaging effects. Some of these chemicals like BPA in plastic, for example, mimic the chemical structure of estrogen and can disrupt how natural estrogen should be functioning or cause an additive estrogen effect that manifests different problems.
Other common products like scented candles, fragrances, deodorizing sprays, and beauty products can have various chemicals, for example “phthalates”, that disrupt hormones and the gut-microbiome.
We have four routes of elimination in the body—stool, urine, breath, and sweat/skin. When someone is not having regular bowel movements, digestion is off, their liver is overwhelmed, or other combinations, the skin may be utilized in a greater capacity to get rid of metabolic and hormonal by-products. The skin, being the largest organ in the body, can emphasize its eliminative power out of balance to the point that the tendency to form acne, blemishes or other skin conditions are favored.
What are some lifestyle changes, products, and other solutions that can counteract these effects?
The complexity of circumstance and the uniqueness of everyone’s gut-microbiome and hormonal tendencies requires an individualized approach with a qualified professional. That said, basic practices that support the gut-microbiome and balance hormones are the following:
- Eat real food: our gut-microbiome responds to every single thing we consume so we are literally making a decision about its health, balance and integrity with every bite we take. Eating real intact foods also are less likely to disrupt blood sugar balance and create metabolic disorder which affects hormones. The gut-microbiome and liver prefer real food to processed refined foods, every time. The gut-microbiome also finds balance easier when plenty of colorful vegetables and fruits are consumed daily. The soluble and insoluble fiber in vegetables especially feed the gut-microbiome to build a robust and diverse microbial community within.
- Eat fermented foods: Probiotics are very popular supplements and they have a time and place. However, there are foods that give us both fiber (the gut-microbiomes preferred fuel, called prebiotics) and probiotics, they are called fermented foods. This includes daily servings of some kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt, kombucha, tempeh, miso, etc.
- Work with your stress: Seek out professional help if you think your stress or mindset is negatively affecting health. This also includes seeking out community, human connection and pursuits that give deep meaning to our lives.
- Audit your environment: Could you be exposing yourself to problematic chemicals disturbing hormonal and gut-microbiome balance daily without knowing it? Women are especially sensitive to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in common products because of their menstrual cycles and utilization of the hormone estrogen. Unfortunately, most of these products are directly marketed towards women. You can take stock of what you regularly are exposed to and use resources like the Environment Working Group (ewg.org) that grades common products on the markets and suggested alternatives if necessary.
- Move: Daily movement has a myriad of positive effects, not least being to help your bowels and digestion moving along and get rid of hormones and other metabolic by-products.
- Sleep: Sleep is crucial and if you aren’t sleeping well, seek support to create that for yourself. Sleep deprivation disrupts metabolism, digestion, hormones and contributes to stress.
Uncovering Your Bio-Individuality with Continuous Glucose Monitoring
Glucose is the metabolic and energetic currency of the body. CGM can help you monitor and optimize it.
Glucose is the metabolic and energetic currency of the body, and fluctuations in glucose over the short and long term can have significant effects on our hormones, energy levels, and overall health. That’s why continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) has become such an important tool for those looking to take charge of their metabolic health. With CGM technology like NutriSense, you can track your glucose levels in real time and uncover valuable insights about your bio-individuality. Let’s dive into what CGM can do for you.
What Is Continuous Glucose Monitoring?
Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) is a system that uses sensors worn on the body to measure blood sugar levels throughout the day – even while you sleep! The data collected by these sensors is relayed to a mobile device or computer, allowing you to easily view your results at any time. This data can then be used to better understand how diet and lifestyle choices affect your glucose levels and inform smarter decisions that lead to optimal metabolic health.
The Benefits of Continuous Glucose Monitoring
The information gathered through CGM can be incredibly powerful when it comes to understanding your body’s reactions to food, timing of meals, stress levels, sleep patterns, exercise intensity – anything that affects your glucose levels! Through personalized feedback from our team of experts at NutriSense, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of what works best for you as an individual based on real-time data. We also provide educational content so that you can become an expert in interpreting and acting upon this data yourself!
Achieving Optimal Metabolic Health with NutriSense
At NutriSense, we believe in empowering people with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their health. Our innovative technology makes continuous glucose monitoring easy and accessible so that you can unlock valuable insights about how different dietary and lifestyle factors affect your metabolism. By uncovering your bio-individuality with CGM through NutriSense, you can achieve optimal metabolic health!
Continous Glucose Monitoring provides us with invaluable insight into how different dietary and lifestyle variables affect our metabolism in real time. With NutriSense's specialized software and wearable technology, we are able to uncover our own bio-individuality - giving us the power to make smarter decisions about our mental and physical health. Understanding how we react to food, timing of meals, stress levels, sleep patterns, exercise intensity - all of this is possible with CGM technology from NutriSense! Unlock the potential for optimal metabolic health today by starting your journey with Dr. Ben Schuff at BIÂN.
The Future of Corporate Medical Care
We believe that an integrative approach to health looks into all elements of a person rather than the symptom.
BIÂN is now offering a standalone Integrative Executive Physical that merges world-class medical, wellness, and preventative offerings with meaningful and effective lifestyle action plans in a luxurious and enjoyable one-day experience. We developed the Corporate Integrative Executive Physical to provide an option for Executives to have an efficient and elevated one-day look into their overall health with a clear path of action that can be incorporated with their providers. Designed for those interested in taking a deeper look into the complete landscape of their health and lifestyle with consideration in research-based perspectives from both the Eastern and Western lens.
What separates this offering from other executive physicals? In addition to a comprehensive medical exam by our board-certified Internal Medicine physician Dr. Marcie Claybon, a dermatologic evaluation, and nutritional consultation, the BIÂN experience provides executives the opportunity to be exposed to other proven medical modalities, such as acupuncture and Eastern Medicine, with trusted, vetted experts in the field. These modalities have been available for centuries but many do not know who to trust or where to look. BIÂN delivers the experts to you so you can experience these therapies in a trusted environment, while still getting the high-quality executive physical you require. Enjoy this unique experience in our private club inclusive of coffee, smoothie, and exceptional lunch.
BIÂN’s integrative approach is the future of medical care.
WE BELIEVE THAT AN INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TO HEALTH LOOKS INTO ALL ELEMENTS OF A PERSON RATHER THAN THE SYMPTOM