Eating 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.
Overall health and wellness plays a major part in the results that can be achieved with plastic surgery. Plastic surgeons can enhance a patient’s appearance, but it’s up to the patient to maintain results. In addition to performing plastic surgery procedures like liposuction and tummy tucks, plastic surgeons should educate patients on health and wellness. In fact, Southern Plastic Surgery has partnered with Daryl Madison, ACE certified personal trainer and creator of the Chair-A-Cise workout program, to help patients with diet and exercise programs. It’s important to keep in mind that maintaining a healthy lifestyle will not only benefit you, it will also teach your children healthy habits for their future.
However, encouraging healthy habits can be tough for parents because kids don’t seem to like anything that’s healthy (i.e.- health foods and exercise), which is why we suggest making it fun for them. Making healthy meals exciting for your children to eat can also help you stick with the program too. Choose foods with a variety of colors—not only will it encourage your children to eat, but the most nutritious foods are typically the most colorful (take fruits and veggies for example).
Just like planning a healthy meal, it’s also important to make exercise fun for your children. In fact, it is best not to even refer to it as “exercise” in front of the kids. Instead, plan “fun, outdoor activities”. Spring is the perfect time to get the family outdoors and moving. The temperature is neither too hot nor too cold, and the sun sets later. Here’s a list of ideas for spring family fun:
- Incorporate a family walk into your dinner routine. (Some say to go before dinner to help curb your appetite, while others say a walk after dinner will help digestion. Let your family decide what works best for your routine.)
- Visit the park.
- Play a sport that your family enjoys. Soccer, basketball, kickball, baseball, or a game of catchhave great cardiovascular benefits.
- Go for a hike and take a picnic lunch. (Be sure to prepare a healthy lunch and take lots of water!)
- Ride bikes.
- Jump rope.
- Fly a kite on a breezy, spring day.
- Plant a vegetable garden together. (This gets your family off the couch and provides healthier food choices for later.)
There are so many ways to get your family active, and most of the activities mentioned above are relatively cheap (if not free). These activities don’t just help you get the family active, they will also help your family form a stronger bond.
Hopefully, you’ll find these family health and wellness tips helpful and enjoy spring activities with your family. If you’re interested in learning more about the plastic surgery procedures that Dr. David Whiteman offers at Southern Plastic Surgery, visit my website and keep reading my blog.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.