You are what you eat, an often ignored piece of advice doled out for children by dentists and doctors, could never be more correct. Every 4 years a human being finishes reforming every cell in his body with new ones. Whatever you were eating those four years contributed or harmed that process.
If you thought sun exposure, stress and smoking were the only things to worry about when it comes to speeding up the ageing process – think again. Recent studies have also shown that there a number of foods that also contain the nasties that have the potential to boost the rate at which we wrinkle.
Sugar is the number one food to avoid if you’re looking to slow down the ageing process. It not only makes us fat but also makes us wrinkly, as it cross-links with collagen, making our skin less flexible and dehydrating it too. Studies on the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages have shown they can increase a young person’s baseline inflammation levels by over 100% after just one class of soda or juice – this is nothing to take lightly.
2. POTATOES AND GRAINS
Both potatoes and grains ultimately break down into sugar in our bodies and also use up valuable minerals when they are metabolized, such as zinc, which is crucial for skin health. Not to mention they give us almost nothing in return – except calories!
The ultimate dehydrator – alcohol also robs our bodies of B vitamins and vitamins A and C, which are vital for skin and overall health. Excessive alcohol depletes minerals including magnesium and zinc, as well as essential fatty acids, all of which are needed to slow down the onset of premature ageing.
4. TRANS-FATS/HYDROGENATED FATS
These are the kind of damaged fats you find in foods with a long shelf life, such as biscuits, and in fast foods and deep fried foods. They reduce the fluidity of our cells, burden the liver and add to inflammation, i.e. ageing.
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5. PROCESSED MEATS
Their high salt content adds to puffiness, and the preservatives they contain trigger inflammation. To add, they also use up vitamin C, which is central to collagen formation. Good, fresh, high-quality meat however is great for your skin, as it contains a vast array of collagen-producing essential amino acids.
6. ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS
These are liver-toxic, and we need our liver in the best possible order to slow down the ageing process. Aspartame is a common artificial sweetener found in diet sodas and sweetener packets at restaurants.
Most of us love a good cup of coffee – to a certain extent anything (in moderation) that gives us pleasure is good for us. Just remember to drink an extra glass of water for each cup of coffee you have to counteract caffeine’s dehydrating effects on the body.
8. MILK AND CHEESE
Many of us are sensitive to casein, the milk protein, which can clog up the body and cause constipation – as well as acne and eczema. Casein also triggers inflammation – mucus and/or pain are both signs of inflammation.
Cereal, bread, pasta, rice, pizza dough, and anything else made with flour will always convert to sugar inside you. We’ve already described how sugar causes inflammation, and if you eat this sort of thing after the sun goes down, it’s even worse because freely circulates in your blood because we stop producing insulin after dark.