Anti-Aging

Anti-Aging Secrets

Aging is something that we all must do, but we don’t have to do it quickly. What if there were ways to change the way that our bodies and faces are aging? Would you follow the secrets to see what happens? Many of us would and that is why we are ready to share with you, these anti-aging secrets. 

Sesame Oil for Anti-Aging Benefits 
There are some people who use sesame oil every day when they wake up. By rubbing it all over your skin, you can start to feel an amazing difference. Your skin soaks in the oil, which helps it to stay hydrated and soft. It will give it a healthy glow and when you go into the shower and rinse it off, your old skin cells will literally fall off to make way for the new ones! 

Drink Your Coffee 
Who said that drinking coffee is bad for you? Caffeine actually helps to wake up your skin and your mind. Rubbing coffee scrubs, lotions, and creams onto your face can help you to get rid of the dark circles and puffy spots that come up on your face in the morning. Keep the coffee around because you’re going to need it! 

Cut Out White Sugar 
White sugar has been shown to speed up aging in people. It also can connect to the collagen in your body and start to break it down. Collagen is important to our bodies and our skin because it helps to create new cells. The more collagen in your skin, the less wrinkles and fine lines you will have. If you want to eat something sweet, eat more fruit and vegetables that contain all-natural sugars. 

Take Care of Your Hands 
It is crazy to think of how much we exfoliate our faces and add wrinkle creams and lotions to them, but what happens as our hands start to age? Many people say that the first place they saw aging was in their hands. This can be reversed, just like our faces. It is important to take very good care of our hands with lotions, but also to exfoliate them and use creams that can help build up the skin cells in them as well. Our hands do so much for us, so it is time that we repaid them! 

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen 
The sun is the culprit for so much that happens to our skin. Wearing sunscreen is the best way to avoid getting those premature lines and wrinkles. Models, celebrities, and doctors all swear by the use of sunscreen and depending on what elevation you live at, you may need to apply it more than others. 

When it comes to taking care of your skin, remember, it’s the only one you’ll get! Looking after our faces and our bodies is very important when it comes to keeping your youthful glow. Be good to your skin and you will see how great you will continue to look!

Top 5 Anti-Aging Tips Every Woman Needs to Know
Aging is a natural process. Every single person on this planet is getting older every second of every day. It can be a daunting thought. You’re older now than you were when you began reading this just a moment ago. You’ll never that young again. Yikes.

Thankfully, in this modern age, we’re able to combat the aging process with some very inventive techniques. From the food you eat to what you use on your skin, here are the Top 5 ways to increase the longevity of your youthful features.

Top 5 Anti-Aging Tip & Tricks

  • Eating Essentials:

It’s common knowledge the foods we put into our bodies have a profound effect on our overall health. Taking into account how much more quickly we lose those vitamins and nutrients as we age, it quickly becomes clear: what we eat, and even sometimes how we eat it, plays a huge role in how much we represent our age in our physical appearance. Here are some common food items high in many nutrients which help with your anti-aging goals:

  1. Watermelon
  2. Oranges
  3. Avocado
  4. Lean Beef
  5. Salmon
  6. Grapes
  7. Greek Yogurt

 

  • Work-out to reduce wrinkles!

What?! How in the world can exercising possibly reduce wrinkles? The answer lies in the formation of collagen and elastin, which inhibited greatly by an inactive lifestyle. A study from the Journal of Metabolism found regular exercise routines greatly reduced the number of AGEs (advanced glycation end products- the collagen and elastin inhibitors) found in the blood.

  • Massage Your Mouth Muscles…

Okay, so not just your mouth. It’s been proven, though, massaging your face nightly, using small circular motions, promotes the skins natural elasticity and helps to prevent further tissues degeneration. For best results, try massaging your nightly products onto your face in this fashion.

  • Grandma’s Fish Oil

Our mothers and grandmothers, back and back for generations, have touted the many benefits of fish oils and other omega oils. And, they weren’t wrong! Old wives tales have their time and place, but it’s interesting to note most begin with at least a kernel of truth. We see that here, especially when you begin taking fish oil and vegetable oil supplements from a young age. There are too many potential gains to reap from these omega rich supplements to keep them on the shelf. Even applying a few drops of rosehip oil to your face as part of your nightly routine will provide visible skin-enhancing benefits.

  • Sensible Slumbering

Beauty sleep is not just a quaint and endearing way to tell someone they need rest. The term has its roots in a strong foundation of verifiable scientific research. While you sleep, your skin cells repair themselves and generate new cells to replace old, damaged ones. The growth hormone responsible for this process only functions at night, so the term ‘Beauty Rest’ is actually incredibly accurate!

Taking Control

Of course, there’s no single, surefire way to completely stop the aging process (or, better yet, reverse it). Those dreams are still reserved for books and the cinema. Still, if you educate yourself, make a plan, and follow through with everything you’ve learned, you’re sure to see an improvement!

Myths About Aging Whats Fact And Whats Not

Aging is a natural part of life. While there are many anti-aging treatments available, your body will still change as you get older. Many people dread getting older because they hear a lot of myths about aging. That is why it is important to get the facts. 

Myth: It is too Late to Start Exercising 

Fact: It is never too late to start exercising. In fact, exercise has anti-aging benefits. You will be able to reap the same benefits by exercising in your 60s and 70s that you would if you were in your 20s or 30s. Exercise can help strengthen your heart, bones, and muscles. It can also keep your skin healthy. 

Myth: You Will get a Certain Medical Condition if it Runs in Your Family 

Fact: Genetics is one of the factors that will affect your health. However, it is not the only factor that determines whether you will get a certain condition. If you exercise, eat right and manage your stress, then you will be able to greatly reduce your risk of certain medical conditions. A healthy lifestyle is one of the keys to fighting the aging process. 

Myth: Arthritis is an Inevitable Part of Getting Older 

Fact: You lose cartilage in your joints as you get older. This causes the joints to rub against each other. However, there are things that you can do to protect against arthritis. One of the best things that you can do to prevent arthritis is to exercise. Maintaining a healthy weight can also prevent arthritis. 

Excess weight puts a strain on the joints. Additionally, including omega 3 fatty acids in your diet can prevent arthritis. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in salmon, walnuts, and flaxseeds. 

Myth: Sunscreen Does not Protect Against Aging 

Fact: Sunscreen is important for people of all ages. It is one of the best things that you can do to prevent sun damage. The ultraviolet rays can damage your skin and increase the risk of skin cancer. Additionally, sunscreen is an important part of an anti-aging regimen. 

Sun damage can cause your skin to develop wrinkles and fine lines. Keep in mind that sunscreen is not just for the spring and winter months. You need to wear it all year long. Even when it is snowing outside, the sun’s rays can still penetrate your skin. That is why the winter sun can be just as bad as the summer sun.

Welcome to Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine

Welcome to our new site, please allow us to assist you in regaining a more youthful energy level and zest for life. Utilizing techniques of Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine, our goal is to return your energy and vitality to a more youthful level. Traditional medicine is focused on treating disease and prescribing medication.  We prefer prevention and a more holistic approach and elimination of medication whenever possible.  Optimization and restoration is the key.

• Decreased Sex Drive/ Erectile Dysfunction / Fizzling Love Life / Retired Romance?
• Tired/ Worn Out/ Lack of Energy / Fatigue / Sleepy / Dwindling Motivation?
• Gaining Weight/ Can’t Lose Weight / Middle Age Bulge?
• Mood Swings/ Irritable/ Decreased Confidence/ Sadness?
• Decreased Muscle Mass?
• High Blood Pressure/ High Cholesterol / High Blood Sugar?

Dr. Arthur Zacco

Dr. Zacco

CDr. Arthur Zacco is the first and only physician in Wake County to be certified in Anti Aging Medicine by the American Board of Anti Aging & Regenerative Medicine in 2009.  Dr. Zacco will spend 60-90 minutes with you during the first appointment in order to leave no stone unturned and get to the root of what is keeping you from being your best.  You will under go extensive traditional and FDA approved non-traditional testing via; blood, saliva, hormonal, urine, nutrient, GI, toxicity, adrenal, sleep, etc., in order to give you answers to your questions.  Dr. Arthur Zacco treats everyone as an individual and individualizes your treatment plan.  Your follow up appointments will never be rushed and Dr.Zacco will spend 60-120 minutes, giving you the attention that you need and deserve.  Our goal is to make you feel better and improve your health.  We aim to increase your muscle mass, minimize body fat, increase your energy, and restore your enjoyment of life’s pleasures.

Our Approach

Our Approach

Our approach is scientifically based, medically proven Anti-Aging & Functional Medicine. Board Certified in Family Practice since 1996, certified in Anti-Aging Medicine since 2009 by the American Board of Regenerative Medicine, and certified in Integrative Medicine in 2013 by the American Academy of Integrative Medicine.  At Anti Aging & Functional Medicine, we do not employ Nurse Practitioners (N.P.) or Physician Assistants (P.A.) and Dr. Arthur Zacco is the only physician you will see.
Our approach is scientifically based, medically proven Anti-Aging & Functional Medicine. Board Certified in Family Practice since 1996 and certified in Anti-Aging Medicine since 2009.  At Anti Aging & Functional Medicine, we do not employ Nurse Practitioners (N.P.) or Physician Assistants (P.A.) and Dr. Arthur Zacco is the only physician you will see.

Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies

Often Overlooked Vitamin & Mineral Deficiencies

Many of us experience symptoms that are a result of vitamin and mineral deficiencies such as; fatigue, slow healing, hypothyroidism, decreased stamina, low libido, cardiac arrhythmia’s, hair loss, skin diseases, and the list goes on and on.

Some athletes feel IV nutrient therapy (see Doctor OZ video) allow them a quicker recovery and enhanced stamina.  A nutrient is defined as a substance that provides nourishment for growth and metabolism.

Many mistakenly think that people who live in the USA can’t possibly be vitamin or mineral nutrient deficient.  To the contrary, living in the USA is precisely why we are commonly show signs of vitamin and mineral deficiencies.  Living in an industrialized, technologically advanced, wealthy country makes us susceptible to nutrient deficiencies.

The vast majority of Americans over consume processed, nutrient poor, calorie rich diets that are relatively low in raw vegetables and fruits this contributes to vitamin and mineral deficiencies.  At the same time, most Americans work too hard and endure a daily level of stress and chronic sleep deprivation -a level not experienced in any other country on Earth – EVER.

Added to this unnatural lifestyle never endured by any other humans in the history of human kind; farmers don’t rotate crops as they once did, rather they inadequately fertilize/replenish the soil.  Not to mention the explosion of “created plants” that are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).  This possibly produces a world where there are more and more food allergies/intolerance’s and autoimmune diseases such as: Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Scleroderma, Lupus, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), GI Cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).

This simmering brew of malfeasance creates a gastrointestinal (GI) tract inflammatory environment that does not absorb nutrients as effectively. Simply taking oral vitamins is many times not enough.  One must fix the gut!

That is why I believe that the land of plenty, has become the land of the malnourished.  The vast majority of new patients that we perform a nutritional comprehensive evaluation reveal not one but several nutrient deficiencies in most new patients.  Of course Dr. Zacco’s patient population is skewed because patients who come to Anti Aging & Functional Medicine have usually seen other physicians for significant fatigue and other constitutional symptoms.

Interestingly most of the time when we meet patients for the first time, they are on oral nutrient supplementation such as multivitamins, yet their initial tests reveal that they have vitamin and mineral deficiencies.  Dr. Zacco’s philosophy is to correct this quickly and permanently by starting intravenous (IV) nutrient supplementation which delivers nutrients directly to the blood stream instead of having to pass through the damaged gut.  At the same time, Dr. Zacco encourages a healthy and healing diet for a permanently healthy gut.

Testosterone Therapy

Testosterone Therapy

Testosterone is made from cholesterol and is manufactured mainly in the testicles in males and ovaries and adrenal glands in females.  Testosterone has an important function in the body of males and females most notably, it enhances sex drive, builds muscles and bones, helps maintain self confidence and the immune system, elevates mood and motivation, among many other important properties.

Deficiency in testosterone results in; decreased libido, decreased motivation, depression, increased risk of suicide, decreased confidence and feeling of well being, decreased muscle mass, increased body fat (especially belly fat) leading to obesity, difficulty losing weight, decreases exercise performance and tolerance, increased incidence of diabetes, and possibly even increases the risk of prostate cancer and heart attack.

Testosterone should NOT be taken by mouth due to numerous detrimental effects, if taken orally.  Testosterone can be administered by daily gels, weekly injections, or testosterone pellets inserted just beneath the skin about every 4 months.  These pellets are inserted by Dr. Arthur Zacco in about 5-10 minutes in the office with no down time.

Dr. Zacco notes that most patients favor testosterone therapy via pellets over injections or gels.  With  testosterone therapy pellets there are no messy gels or frequent injections.  Pellets allow freedom to focus on things other than testosterone therapy.

When patients are being treated with daily testosterone therapy gel, they have to avoid contact with their loved ones for a couple of hours after applying gels.  When patients are being treated by gels or injections, they have to bring these on vacation which can cause hassles at the airport as testosterone is a controlled substance.

In addition pellet testosterone therapy more closely resembles a steady state of testosterone. Making delivery more consistent instead of vast fluctuations in testosterone which is seen in the use of gels and injections.  Fluctuating testosterone can result in irritability, fatigue, increased fat, and a decreased libido.

When being treated with testosterone pellets, you are only reminded of testosterone treatment every four months when the pellets are inserted during a five to ten minute office procedure in which Dr. Zacco inserts pellets underneath the skin in the alternating upper outer buttocks.

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