Cosmetic surgery is only one of many ways you can combat the effects of aging and look better longer.
Everyone knows that cosmetic surgery can do wonders for the way you look. But what steps can you take to help ensure that the way you feel matches your new, improved appearance? Achieving an overall sense of well-being depends, in part, on achieving maximum health through proper diet and exercise. It also may require certain changes in your lifestyle, such as not smoking (also avoiding second-hand smoke), modifying alcohol consumption, increasing sleep, reducing stress and protecting your skin from the sun.
Diet and Exercise
Scientific studies have suggested that restricting calories may be one way to increase life expectancy. Some researchers believe that the longest life expectancy may be achieved by people whose weight is slightly below the average weight for their height. Whether or not this is true, a combination of good nutrition and adequate exercise is generally agreed to be the best way to maintain your health.
Vitamins, minerals and other natural compounds are all necessary to the optimal functioning of your body. Antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables, especially when eaten fresh and uncooked, help to combat the toxic “free radicals” that are in everyone’s system. Although it is possible to obtain all the nutrients you need from eating a healthy diet, most of us do not consume a perfectly balanced and complete assortment of foods on a daily basis. That is why a daily multivitamin frequently is recommended as the minimum supplementation.
Eating five small meals a day in order to maintain a steady metabolic rate and drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water to aid in efficient digestion is often advised. Avoiding caffeine helps your body tissues retain moisture and keeps your cells operating more efficiently.
Our ideas about exercise are constantly changing based on new scientific information. Many experts now feel that, assuming that you maintain a high level of activity in your daily life, about 30 minutes of aerobic exercise two or three times a week may be all that is necessary to achieve significant health benefits.
Other Lifestyle Factors
Nearly half a million deaths per year in the United States are attributable to smoking. In conjunction with many types of cosmetic procedures, patients who smoke will be instructed to stop for a period of time before and after surgery. That is because smoking – including exposure to second-hand smoke — has a negative effect on the body’s ability to heal.
Alcohol has many effects on your body, including disruption of your normal sleep pattern. Among other things, your body’s ability to effectively handle stress depends on adequate sleep.
Exposure to the sun’s harmful rays speeds the aging of our skin. Use of a daily sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15 is essential. Before and after most types of facial cosmetic surgery, it is especially important to shield your face from the sun’s damaging rays. If you must be out in the sun, wear a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses in addition to your sunscreen. However, make sure you get enough Vitamin D, which your body requires in order to effectively convert calcium and maintain strong bones.
Some experts believe that breakthroughs in hormone optimization therapy soon may increase our average lifespan to 100 years or more. However, there is a great deal of research that must be done before therapies such as human Growth Hormone (hGH) become widely available. In the meantime, the best approach to anti-aging is simply a healthy lifestyle. Remember — before modifying your diet, taking vitamin supplements, starting an exercise routine or making other significant changes in your lifestyle, be sure to obtain the advice of your doctor.