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.

Discovery of Plant-based Collagen Source May Increase Cosmetic Procedure’s Popularity

Exemplified by our previous blog posts and specials on the subject of dermal fillers and cosmetic injectables, Dr. David Whiteman has seen recent, exponential growth in facial rejuvenation patients.   Injections of the hyaluronic acid based Restylane®, Juvederm®, or Perlane® products work to revitalize the body’s collagen production abilities and fill facial depressions, like wrinkles and scars, to make you look younger.  These fillers were developed as an alternative to collagen injections, (derived from human and animal sources) which fell out of favor because of their high cost, allergic reactions and, to some, ethically questionable sources.
Earlier this month, scientists and researchers out of Hebrew University in Jerusalem replicated human collagen from standard tobacco plants which could signal the beginning of resurgence in collagen’s popularity. As described above, collagen is a complex protein found naturally in the human body’s connective tissues that gives skins a plumped, youthful appearance.  Just as with the skin’s moisture and skin elasticity, the amount of collagen in one’s skin decreases with age.
Now that collagen can be produced from such an abundant, noncontroversial source, cosmetic surgeons all over the world have begun to realize its potential including the plant-based material’s ability to reduce wrinkles and patch up scars . The technology is already being marketed in Japan, Europe, and Israel.   American-based cosmetic treatment manufacturers project that this discovery, along with the price decrease the plant-collagen’s ease of production is likely to bring, will only boost the treatments frequency.
Dr. Whiteman is hopeful about this news, and at Southern Plastic Surgery, we look forward to a rise in collagen injection procedures. Southern Plastic Surgery offers a wide array of facial rejuvenation procedures and will expand our menu as this technology continues to advance.
To learn more about the facial rejuvenation packages and non-surgical skin care packages available through Southern Plastic Surgery contact our office, visit our website, or join us on Facebook and Twitter.