Did you know that the foods you eat are responsible for making you look older than your actual age? While there are other factors that contribute to the body’s aging process such as smoking, excessive alcohol intake, sun exposure, and illness, unhealthy foods play a huge role too. Bad eating habits age you from the inside out, and this happens without your knowledge until the telltale signs like wrinkles and tired skin start to become apparent. Here are the problem foods that speed up your body’s aging process.
Sugar is bad for your health in every aspect. And it comes in many forms. So, quit eating cupcakes for breakfast and go for oats. Sugar combines with protein and fat to form advanced glycation end products (AGEs).
These harmful substances can cause serious health issues and speed up your aging process. Since sugar can hide in dozens of sources, it’s important to get informed on what foods you need to avoid, especially artificial or added sugars. Even drinks labeled Lite or sugar-free don’t mean they are 100 percent without sugar. That’s why reading food labels can help you make healthier food choices.
Did I mention sugar is directly responsible for weight gain, skin wrinkles, and obesity?
Most fast foods contain trans fats. These are everyone’s worst enemies. Think of potato chips, fries, cookies, and almost 90 percent of the foods found in the stores. And telling by how much people love junk food, it’s easy to see why trans fats can be a real risk for our health – trans fats increase your risk of developing heart disease. Similarly, trans fats constrict your blood vessels, weakening blood flow to your skin. This causes wrinkles and premature aging.
A delicacy of many people, bacon, sausages, and hotdogs are among the most consumed processed meats in a restaurant or a fast food store. What these products contain in plenty are excess salt and preservatives. Too much salt leads to dehydration and this could trigger inflammation and a variety of health complications along with it. Not to mention the production process and hygiene of some of these processed meats are questionable. To be on the safe side, trying swapping that sausage with home-cooked chicken, turkey, fish or grass-fed meat.
Baked goods also contain trans fats, only that manufacturers are using different names to hide this fact. You might see a term like partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. Plus, baked foods are laden with refined sugars which cause further complications in the body. Continuous consumption of baked foods will have negative effects on your skin, including acne and premature wrinkles.
As refreshing as a good cup of coffee might be, you might want to cut back on its consumption. Caffeine is known to cause sleep deprivation, which is linked to aging signs like fine lines, wrinkles, and dark puffy eyes. Sodas also fall in this category as they also contain caffeine. Swap that cup of coffee or can of soda with plain water. This will keep you hydrated and your skin looking young and healthy.
Energy drinks are laden with refined sugars, acids, and other harmful chemicals. They damage the teeth, and your smile will not be the same again. Energy drinks also contain high sodium and caffeine content which are known to lead to dehydration. When you’re dehydrated, your skin looks older and wrinkled. That’s why you’re always encouraged to drink plenty of water to nourish your skin as well as keep your organs and digestive tract healthy.
Meat that has been cooked until blackened is not healthy at all. Experts say that this kind of meat is inflammatory to the body and inflammation may breakdown collagen levels in your skin, leaving it looking old and tired.
Most of the ingredients found in your favorite meat pizza are highly processed. While pizza might taste delicious, it leaves a dent on your health. It contains saturated fats and nitrates which are not only bad for your heart, but also for your skin.
When you drink excessively, you stress your liver which has to eliminate all the toxins found in the alcohol. People who regularly consume alcohol develop skin issues such as redness, wrinkles, puffiness, loss of elasticity, and dehydration. This is because the liver is being overworked and fails to break down and expel the toxins naturally. However, if taken in moderation, alcohol cannot cause such adverse effects on your body. Remember, the key is to take lots of water to stay hydrated.
The foods you eat determine your health level and this can be evident through your skin. Unhealthy foods that contain added sugars, preservatives, colors, trans fats, saturated fats, and other chemicals give your body a hard time. However, it’s not too late to swap you junk food, fast foods and processed foods for fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole healthy grains. If you have to buy food from the stores, check the labels keenly to avoid introducing harmful chemicals into your body.
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