June 07, 2017
You may have been taking medications and supplements for various purposes, like recovering from an illness as well as for muscle growth, beautiful skin and hair, weight loss and so on. But do you know that the food you take has medicinal properties that can make you healthy or unhealthy? Today Earth’s Wisdom wants to share with you the foods you should avoid, because of how they speed up your aging process.
If you have a sweet tooth, I am sorry, you have to extract it. I mean you have to stop eating sugary foods if you don’t want to look aged before time. Excess sugar kickstarts a process named glycation because when there is excess sugar in your body than your cells can process, the excess sugar molecules attach themselves to proteins named collagen, which keeps your skin firm and youthful. This makes your skin look inflexible and stiff. Your skin loses it elasticity and thereby wrinkles are formed which make you look older than you actually are.
Also sugar sticks to your teeth, promoting bacterial growth, decay and discoloration of teeth.
2. Trans Fats
Just like sugar, trans fats too make your skin inflexible and stiff. Trans fats clog and harden arteries and capillaries which make the skin look old. Trans fats trigger inflammation which is also bad for collagen. They also make your skin prone to UV damage, which is a leading cause of aging.
Salt dehydrates your body. When your body is dehydrated, you are fatigued and look tired and worn out. Plus, excess salt is also responsible for high blood pressure and kidney disease, and it interferes with bone metabolism.
Coffee and products containing caffeine too dehydrate your body because of which you look tired and worn out.
5. Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners like aspartame are responsible for joint pain and headache. They also can make you crave for sweets.
Consuming excessive alcohol dehydrates your body and thereby causes loss of collagen, wrinkles, puffiness and redness. Alcohol also hampers your liver function due to which your liver becomes incapable of throwing toxins out of your body. This gives rise to skin issues like wrinkles and acne.
7. Energy Drinks
Energy drinks destroy the enamel of your teeth eight times more than soda does. The loss of enamel makes your teeth appear yellow and unhealthy.
Consuming excessive carbohydrates, especially with high glycemic index, can ruin collagen in your skin. Pretzels, bagels, cereals, pasta and oatmeal have been found to speed up skin’s aging process and causing acne and rosacea. Even the self-declared “healthy” cereals with whole grains that have lower glycemic index can be rich in wrinkle-promoting glucose.
9. Fried Foods
Fried food is responsible for collagen breakdown in your skin, thus making your skin look wrinkled and worn out. Typically restaurants use corn oil which is one of the unhealthiest oils. It releases a lot of free radicals in the body which bring about oxidative stress and hamper your overall health and also induce wrinkles along with heart disease.
Soda dehydrates your body. This makes you look tired and fatigued. As a rule of thumb, you should drink half of your body weight plain water in ounces, thus if you weigh 130 lbs, you should drink 65 ounces of water every day, which is just more than eight cups.
11. Potato Chips
Ingredients in potato chips will stimulate interleukin 6 in your body. Interleukin 6 is a marker of inflammation and is associated to aging. Not only potato chips but anything fried and deep fried can hamper cell respiration and immune functions.
So, if you want to look young and beautiful always, leave the above foods at once and turn to healthy food choices. They will not only make you beautiful, but healthy too.
In conclusion, the saying "you are what you eat" couldn't be more true when it comes to your skin's health and appearance. The foods you consume can either accelerate or delay the aging process, and certain foods can even cause wrinkles, acne, and other skin problems. If you want to maintain a youthful appearance, it's essential to avoid certain foods that can harm your skin.
First and foremost, sugar is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to premature aging. Consuming too much sugar can lead to glycation, a process where sugar molecules attach to collagen and elastin, causing them to become stiff and less supple. This can result in fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.
Another food group to avoid is processed and fried foods. These foods are high in trans fats, which can cause inflammation in the body, leading to dull and acne-prone skin. Additionally, these foods can cause spikes in blood sugar, leading to glycation and premature aging.
Alcohol and caffeine can also wreak havoc on your skin. Alcohol dehydrates the body, leading to dry and lackluster skin, while caffeine can cause dehydration and contribute to the development of fine lines and wrinkles.
In contrast, a diet rich in antioxidants, healthy fats, and vitamins can help promote youthful-looking skin. Incorporating plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and omega-3 rich foods such as salmon into your diet can help protect your skin from damage and promote collagen production.
In summary, avoiding foods that can harm your skin and incorporating skin-healthy foods into your diet can go a long way in promoting a youthful appearance. Remember, a healthy lifestyle not only benefits your body but also your skin.
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