Use of Cosmetic Fillers and Other Ways to Decrease Signs of Aging and Boost Your Confidence

As of today there are more Canadians over the age of 65 than Canadians under the age of 15. Thus, for many of the older population, the idea of aging can oftentimes be a scary and difficult concept to grasp. Fortunately, there are many different ways that one can go about in effort to prevent or slow down the aging process.

vegetablesPerhaps the simplest and most natural way to prevent the signs of aging is to eat healthy; particularly by introducing a variety of vegetables and fish into your diet. Antioxidants such as Vitamin A, C and D not only prevent and repair damage to your skin, but they also have added health benefits such as decreasing the risk of heart disease, providing protection against eye problems and mood disorders, as well as boosting your immune system; whereas Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish help to prevent wrinkles and facilitate the skin’s hydration. Some of the best food sources of the aforementioned antioxidants come from salmon, carrots, spinach, sweet potato, kale, oranges, and strawberries – and not only are they good at hindering the evolution of aging, but they also taste great too!

Paying close attention to your sleeping patterns is also extremely important. Not getting enough sleep will only result in you feeling and looking tired. As such, getting an average of 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep each evening is also beneficial in combating the effects of aging, and will leave you feeling more rejuvenated.

sunscreenOther important and necessary preventative measures of aging are the use of moisturizers and sunscreens, and several cosmetics companies even offer the two in a combined formula. Using moisturizer and sunscreen will not only leave your skin feeling much smoother and more hydrated, but they will also protect you from ultraviolet sun rays which can be dangerous to the skin and lead to other health problems (such as skin cancer) down the line. There are many different types of moisturizers and sunscreens to choose from based on different skin types, so it is best to speak with a physician or licensed beauty consultant to find what is best suited for you.

Lastly, another anti-aging option that has become increasingly popular over the years for those wishing to reverse the effects of the skin’s maturing is the use of cosmetic fillers. These include Botox, Juvederm and Restylane. Dr. Ali Ghahary, a physician at Brentwood Medical Clinic, administers cosmetic fillers to patients who are seeking to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, increase the skin’s volume, and have a more youthful appearance overall. The effects of cosmetic fillers can be long lasting and are a great way to boost one’s confidence. If this is something you think you would be interested in or would like more information on cosmetic fillers, contact Dr. Ghahary at ghaharymedicalcosmetics@gmail.com today.

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Low-Carb Diets: Paleo Diet

paleo dietDiets are not always easy to maintain. However, with the appropriate knowledge on exactly what it means to “diet” and the types of foods that you are putting into your body, as well as a little bit of tenacity and the will to follow through, you would actually be surprised by just how easy dieting and healthy eating can be to sustain. With 60% of Canadian adults and over 20% of Canadian children currently struggling with obesity, family physician Dr. Ali Ghahary is a strong advocate of low-carb diets and physical activity being implemented into patient’s health care regimens.

Unlike certain fad diets that are out there today that focus solely on fast weight loss and counting calories, low-carb diets such as the Paleo diet (also known as the Hunter-Gatherer diet) are designed to be long-term and help control your glycemic levels, increase your HDL cholesterol levels (otherwise known as the “good” cholesterol), and restrict certain (but not all!) carbohydrates, with the focal point being on your overall well-being. Following a Paleo-based diet is beneficial to your health and decreases your risk of certain health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, osteoporosis, and even certain cancers. Accompanying weight loss, a Paleo based diet also improves your digestion, reduces chronic inflammation, and gives you more energy.

The term “Paleo” comes from the prehistoric era from over 2 million years ago known as Paleolithic. If you think about it, processed foods and many of the ingredients that we are ingesting into our systems today did not exist back then – food had to be found or hunted. The Paleo diet gets back to basics, so to speak, and was established upon the foods and lifestyles of our prehistoric ancestors. It predominantly consists of grass-produced meats, omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, walnuts, flaxseed oil, soybeans), rich antioxidants (fruits and vegetables), while it excludes things like processed foods, dairy, grain products, salt and sugar.

The Paleo diet is all about limiting certain foods and strategically choosing others, and it is one of the best diets that you could go on to preserve a healthy body and mind. One incentive of following a Paleo-based diet is the fact that you don’t have to count calories and can even indulge in some of your favourite foods and beverages, as long as it’s done in moderation. For example, dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70% or higher, is a great source of antioxidants and can lower your risk of heart disease, and while the Paleo diet doesn’t encourage anyone to start drinking alcohol, studies have also suggested that two antioxidants found in red wine, Polyphenol and Resveratrol, can also improve heart health.

Meal planning can be the most difficult part of finding success with any diet, but is an important factor of the Paleo diet, and below are just a few small examples of Paleo-based foods. There are also many different Paleo recipes available online.

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Breakfast:

Eggs (scrambled in olive oil)

Kiwi and kale smoothie

Seasonal fresh fruit

Lunch:

Salad & grilled chicken (drizzled with olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice)

Dinner:

Spaghetti squash (instead of pasta) topped with marinara sauce

Pork

Turkey breast (skinless)

Salmon (drizzled with olive oil and minced fresh garlic)

Steamed vegetables

Snacks:

Dried fruit and nut mix

Seasonal fresh fruit

Celery sticks

Carrot sticks

Beverages:

Water

Green tea

Almond milk (instead of cow’s milk)

Decaffeinated coffee (in moderation)

Homemade fruit juice