April is Physical Fitness Month, so it’s time for me to give it to you straight. Plastic surgery is not a replacement for having a healthy lifestyle. It may be true that surgeries and enhancements can provide you with your desired needs for appearance modifications or the places that your hard workouts at the gym aren’t resolving. The surgeries, however, are not a substitute for taking part in nutritious eating and physical activity that is necessary to live in a health-filled way. Surgery can be a kickstarter, but you need healthy solutions to continue to feel good and look great.
Water is of the essence. The human body is comprised of 60-75 percent water, and every functioning system in your body relies on water. Water consumption performs a vital role in digestion by helping the body eliminate solids, toxins, impurities and bacteria from our body. This can help after a cosmetic surgery for one, but more importantly, it should be a part of your daily activity. Be sure you are drinking at least 64 ounces a day. Many people don’t realize it, but the amount of water you drink each day has a direct effect on how healthy your skin is.
Take your vitamins. It’s not just something for the kiddos. Much of the food we eat is deficient in vitamins and minerals that you need for good health. Multivitamins are great for taking care of the nutrients that we need and should be taken on a daily basis. Are you aware of what vitamins can do for you? Take a look at this list and make sure you consult your surgeon or physician to take the proper dosage:
- Vitamin A: Helps a great deal in improving your eyesight. Also aids in maintaining healthy skin. Find Vitamin A in: eggs, milk, apricots, carrots, spinach and sweet potatoes.
- Vitamins B: Help generate energy that the body utilizes to carry out its activities. Participates actively in making red blood cells that carry oxygen to different parts of your body. Find Vitamin B in: whole grains, such as wheat and oats, fish and seafood, leafy green vegetables, dairy products like milk and yogurt, beans and peas.
- Vitamin C: Strengthens your gums and muscles. Helpful for healing wounds and assist you in overcoming infections. Find Vitamin C in: citrus fruits, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage and strawberries.
- Vitamin D: Strengthens your bones and teeth. Assists in absorbing calcium required by the body. Find Vitamin D in: Dairy products – milk and eggs and fish.
- Vitamin E: Supports your lungs and also helps in formation of red blood cells. Find Vitamin E in: whole grains – wheat and oats, leafy green vegetables and nuts.
- Vitamin K: Helps maintain normal levels of the blood-clotting proteins. Find Vitamin K in: Romaine lettuce, sage, oregano, cabbage, celery, sea vegetables, cucumber, leeks, cauliflower, tomatoes, pork and blueberries.
Here are some tips on finding the right daily vitamin from Everyday Health.
Get moving. Another essential part of a healthy lifestyle, either pre- or post-plastic surgery, is physical activity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that adults need AT LEAST two and a half hours of moderate intensity physical activity each week. Everyone has their preferred types of workout. For some, it’s running, for others, it is taking various aerobic classes at the gym. Personally, CrossFit has given me great results, and I love doing it. So pick the exercise that you can truly enjoy and that will have a positive impact on your health.