Health and Wellness: Foods to Fight Aging Discussed on The Doctors

Health and Wellness: Foods to Fight Aging Discussed on The DoctorsEating well is very important to maintain proper bodily function. The nutrients within food provide us with energy and the ability to heal, which is why I’ve dedicated part of my health and wellness blog to healthy recipes. It’s important to understand that dieting is not equivalent to eating well.  There are certain vitamins, as detailed in my health and wellness blog discussing herbal supplements and plastic surgery, that can help the body recover faster from plastic surgery procedures. We are constantly advised to eat better for the sake of our health, but have you been told to eat better for the sake of your wrinkles?

Last month, foods that improve complexion and promote a youthful look were discussed on The Doctors television show. With my focus on health and wellness in cosmetic surgery, I was particularly interested in this episode since it combined two of my interests: eating well and anti-aging. It’s interesting that people will search and search for that perfect anti-aging product when they could look younger just by eating better. Here’s a list of the anti-aging foods featured on The Doctors:

  • Brussels Sprouts- Aside from anti-cancer properties, Brussels sprouts’ cell repairing ability helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Dark chocolate- Filled with antioxidants that protect and smooth the skin’s texture, dark chocolate can make you feel good both inside and out.
  • Salmon- Moisture is a key component of youthful skin, and the fatty acids within salmon help lock in the skin’s moisture while also preventing toxin buildup.
  • Brazil nuts- This food contains a mineral called selenium that reduces the risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer.  Brazil nuts can even correct sun damaged skin.
  • Watermelon- A good source of vitamin C, this summertime favorite is also rich in lycopene, which helps get rid of an aged look caused by free radicals released by UV rays.
  • Swiss chard- This potent, antioxidant rich green’s vitamin E helps skin look and feel younger by locking in moisture.
  • Oysters- While boosting the immune system, the zinc within oysters helps boost the body’s collagen production.

These are not the only foods that combat the signs of aging. The vitamins and minerals within these foods are the rejuvenation key, so don’t fret if you aren’t seeing foods that you will eat. I encourage you to find foods that you do like that are rich in these anti-aging vitamins and minerals. However, if you’re searching for something with a slightly more dramatic anti-aging affect, I offer cosmetic injectables and facial fillers to reduce wrinkles. Facelift surgery can also provide a youthful appearance, and I even offer mini facelift procedures for patients whose signs of aging are not advanced enough to warrant a traditional facelift. However, it’s important to remember that plastic surgery is no substitution for proper diet and exercise. Eating healthy is important even if you pursue a cosmetic procedure for a more youthful look.

Education is the first step to healthy living; If you’re interested in learning about other facial plastic surgery, breast procedures, or body contouring procedures I perform, be sure to check out the rest of my website and blog. Also, be sure to find me on Facebook and Twitter for more updates on plastic surgery news.

Introducing Our Health and Wellness Expansion: Fat Fighter Tips

Be sure to log onto the Southern Plastic Surgery blog regularly as we continue to add “fat fighter tips” for quick, effective ways to improve your appearance by living a healthier, more active life!  We also invite our patients and fans to join us on Facebook and Twitter to receive up-to-the-second health and wellness updates.

Fat fighter tips to keep you trim: Vary your workouts- Your body’s metabolism adjusts to repeat exercise routines so what was a challenge a few months ago may not work muscle groups past their current limits as effectively as new routines.

A good way to build more lean muscle tissue is to engage in contrast training*:  do your regular strength training routine (i.e.- 20 reps of bicep curls with light weight dumbbells) followed by a powerful series of movements that work the same muscle group (i.e.- 20 push-up’s).  By varying your movements, your body and your mind will have less of an opportunity to become complacent.

*Exercise tip derived from Womens’ Health Magazine’s January online issue

Dr. Whiteman is partnering with Daryl Madison, long-time Atlanta personal trainer and creator of the Chair-A-Cise workout system and weight loss plans, to optimize your plastic surgery results and help maximize your healthy lifestyle efforts.  For more diet and exercise tips to enhance the results of body contouring procedures (liposuction) performed at Southern Plastic Surgery, visit Dr. Whiteman’s health and wellness blog regularly.

**If you have an exercise or dieting tip, or even a question about healthy living, please let us know by sending an email to newsblast@southernplasticsurgery.com.

Making New Year’s Resolutions and Sticking to Them

Time after time we make New Year’s resolutions with the goal of improving our lives within the next year.  We have the best intentions in thinking this year will be different: we will get our finances straightened out this year; we will start exercising and eating healthier this year, etc.  With the help of Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman and personal trainer Daryl Madison, this year can be different.  Dr. Whiteman believes diet and exercise go hand in hand with plastic surgery because they both enhance quality of life. Daryl, the founder of Atlanta personal training company Lifestyle fitness and developer of the Chair-A-Cise workout program, has been helping to enhance the lives of Atlantans for nearly a decade.

As one could probably guess, diet and weight loss resolutions are at the top of many 2011 resolution lists. One problem with these resolutions is that most people are unsure where to start. When people start a workout program, they are either afraid to do too much and don’t do enough, or over-do it the first day, making the next few workouts harder than they should be. If you want to get in shape this year, we suggest starting at your doctor’s office. It is important to know what physical shape you are in before you start a new work out program. Once you speak to your doctor, find a program that will ease you into a routine: a progressive system like Daryl’s Chair-A-Cise fitness program may be a good place to start.

Chair-A-Cise is suitable for people of all ages and all fitness levels. More experienced athletes can simply add weight to increase their workout.  Daryl suggests that beginners start out with no (or minimal) weight.  There are four DVDs in the Chair-A-Cise program: the original Chair-A-Cise, Chair-A-Cise 2, Chair-A-Cise Abs, and Chair-A-Cise Turbo.  Each of these DVDs can be purchased on the Chair-A-Cise website, individually or as a package.  While the Chair-a-cise package is an investment, Daryl reminds his client that it’s easier to stay motivated about exercise when you incorporate multiple routines into your workout plan.

If your diet is also in need of a little revision, Daryl also has a selection of 3 day, 6 day, and 10 week quick weight loss plans to jump-start your healthy lifestyle this year.  Dr. Whiteman recommends Chair-A-Cise to plastic surgery patients who are looking for an easy to follow workout routine or just a better way to get in shape.  Because plastic surgery patients must take time to rest after surgery their fitness routines are often interrupted.  Chair-A-Cise can help them ease back into regular exercise after a major procedure (after a board certified plastic surgeon gives them permission to commence).

So this is your year to redeem yourself by sticking to your resolutions.  If your resolutions are to get rid of wrinkles or reclaim your pre-baby body, be sure to contact Dr. Whiteman’s office to schedule your consultation for facial rejuvenation, facelift, or mommy makeover surgery.  For more information on plastic surgery procedures Dr. Whiteman offers, please visit his website and keep reading the blog for health and wellness and plastic surgery news.