Dr. Oz’s Tips on Eating Fruit the Right Way

Dr. Oz’s Tips on Eating Fruit the Right WayWe have all heard sayings such as, “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away” and other friendly reminders about how including fruits in our diet is good for our health. But did you know there is a right and wrong way to eat fruit? With the help of the popular television personality Dr. Oz, Southern Plastic Surgery has compiled some tips about how to properly include fruit into your diet:

  • Only eat fruit on an empty stomach! You sometimes hear people complain that they cannot eat fruit because it causes them to bloat, have gas, or feel like they have to go to the bathroom. The real reason for this is that the food you eat before eating your fruit, ferments in your stomach and turns to acid. Once fruit comes in contact with the acid, it causes gas and bloating and prevents the fruit from being quickly digested; robbing it of the nutrients and health benefits it has to offer.
  • Know the right way to drink fruit. Make sure it is fresh juice and not from concentrate and avoid drinking juice that has been heated. And remember, even though fruit juice does have its benefits, the best way get the full vitamins and nutrients from fruit is to eat it whole!
  • Avoid cooked fruit. Once you cook a fruit, you rob it of the valuable vitamins and all you are left with is the taste.
  • Know the right types of fruit to eat.
    • Apples: Rich in flavonoids and antioxidants, apples help to lower the risk of colon cancer, stroke, and heart attack.
    • Strawberries: Fruit with the most powerful antioxidants, protecting you from free radicals, blood clots, and some types of cancer.
    • Kiwi: With twice the amount of vitamin C that an orange has, kiwi is also a great source of vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, and fiber.
    • Papaya: Has one of the highest vitamin C contents; Also rich in carotene which improves eye health.
    • Watermelon: Contains glutathione which boosts the immune system, vitamin C and potassium. Also has lycopene (also found in tomatoes) which helps protect against cancer.
  • Be aware of the benefits of fruit and take advantage! Fruits can detoxify your body while simultaneously providing you with the energy needed for everything from day-to-day activities to strenuous exercise.

For more information about diet and exercise tips and healthy recipes, visit the health and wellness section of our website. As always, feel free to contact Dr. Whiteman’s office if you have any questions are wish to schedule a consultation.

Popular Love it or Leave it Dysport Rebate Extended Through September

In a previous blog, Dr. David Whiteman announced the Dysport® “Love it or Leave it” Challenge – a special rebate encouraging patients to try Dysport® over the longstanding competitor Botox®. After over 90 percent of patients choosing to “Love it” and receive another injection of Dysport®, the makers are extending the special until September 30, 2010.

The extended special works the same: if you take on the challenge of trying Dysport®, you will receive a $75 rebate on a 300 unit injection. If you “love it” – you will receive another $75 rebate on a second injection of Dysport® (resulting in $150 in savings). If for whatever reason you decide to “leave it”, you can receive a rebate on a second injection of a competition product. More information and rebate form can be found on DysportUSA.com.

Dr. Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery offers injections of both Dysport® and Botox® if you are interested in taking on the “Love it or Leave it” Challenge. Both products work by relaxing the muscles in the face to smooth out wrinkles and prevent future wrinkles from forming. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation, make an appointment, or learn more about products and services offered.

Helping Women Reclaim Their Bodies After Pregnancy with Mommy Makeover Surgery

As most new parents will attest, having a baby is life changing. As most mothers will also attest, being pregnant and having a baby are also body changing experiences (some of those changes are little less welcome than others.) After listening to the stories of several post maternity patients, Dr. David Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery is now spotlighting his surgical skills with mommy makeover surgery.

While all mommy makeover surgical plans must be custom tailored to each mother’s concerns and health histories, Dr. David Whiteman’s mommy makeover surgery often consists of tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty), to tighten the abdominal muscle and/or remove skin that is stretched with the baby’s growth, liposuction of small areas of fat, and breast augmentation or breast lift procedures to remedy the effects of breast feeding and to restore mothers’ bodies to their pre-baby appearance.

As evidenced by his previous blogs, Dr. Whiteman is a major proponent of responsible, health-oriented life changes– not quick fixes. He understands the extreme pressure on new mother’s to instantly bounce back to their pre-baby appearance, but emphasizes the fact that major physical changes take time stating:

“It takes nine whole months for a baby to fully develop. Therefore, it is unrealistic to expect that reversing the effects from those changes could be instantaneous.”

Also important to note, mommy makeover surgery is only suitable for women who are done having children; as additional pregnancy could reverse surgical results. To schedule a consultation, call Dr. Whiteman’s office or visit his website to develop a plan to get you back to your pre-baby best!