Want to look younger? Cut back on sugar…it makes you look old and feel terrible
As the founder of Steps2TrueHealth, LLC, I am passionate about sharing information and knowledge with others and encouraging them to become their own health advocates. I have learned a lot through years of attempting to find answers and solutions to some serious health issues. From a child I was plagued with undiagnosed allergies, sinus infections, skin rashes and terrible constipation…I thought it was normal to have a bowel movement once every 10 days! By my mid-40’s things began to worsened and new ailments began to pop up. At 49 I had my “first” episode of congestive heart failure. I had no idea what was happening…I had started a new nutritional supplement regimen which helped me lose a lot of body fat…I was down to a size 4 and I was looking great….especially for being almost 50 years old! By the time I got to the emergency room I was slipping away and unaware of anything going on around me. A week later I was released with a diagnosis of “ideopathic cardiomyopathy”, which basically means they had no idea what caused the problem. It was a real wake-up call. I had been a workaholic in a very stressful and competitive corporate environment, but I realized that if I wanted to live a long and fruitful life I needed to to make some major changes and that I could not rely on allopathic medicine and doctors…somehow I needed to become my own health advocate.
Today, I’d like to share an article on the devastating effects of sugar that I found in NaturalNews.com, (written by Michelle Simmons). This article talks about how sugar causes gylcation in the body….which I am well aware of. I replaced sugar with natural stevia years ago, as well as giving up sodas and other sugary foods and drinks, but I still love my carbs. And carbs turn to sugar, right?
As I write this post, I am starting my 15th day of a month long stay in northern Italy. Being able to eat pasta in Italy has been a life-long dream as my favorite food…EVER…is spaghetti! And being Celiac, I was thrilled to find so many restaurants here that easily accommodate me with gluten-free options for pasta and pizza. The problem is that I’ve had it so often the past two weeks that my body is screaming at me…STOP, PLEASE! I have aches and pains I haven’t had in a long time. I first thought it was just due to so much walking, but in reading this article, it reminded me that even though I haven’t been eating lots of sugar (with the exception of a few small scoops of gelato) over the past two weeks, I have been gorging on gluten-free spaghetti pompodoro and gluten-free pizza. Today I’m beginning with a nourishing, pure, and clean vetgetable protein shake that has no artificial flavors or colors, no gluten, dairy, GMO’s or soy and is low-glycemic. It also contains probiotics and enzymes and it’s delicious. Thank heavens I shipped it over here in advance so it would be waiting for me! What’s this amazing product called, you ask? It’s name reflects what it does: PureNourish
I hope you find value in what Ms. Simmons shares in her article…and if you love sugar, please start to cut back until you can elimimate as much as possible. And do NOT substitute with artifical sweeteners! That’s another topic for another post that I will cover in the future.
If you want to look younger, reduce your sugar intake. Not only does it make you fat, but it also makes you look old.
In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, it was found that people who ate more meat, butter, high-fat dairy, and sugar were more likely to have wrinkles than those who ate more fish, olive oil, and legumes.
As the researchers looked at the diets of 453 adults from different countries, they found that processed meat, soft drinks, and pastries were associated with more skin wrinkling. On the other hand, beans, green leafy vegetables, asparagus, nuts, olives, apples, and pears were associated with less skin aging.
Eating a lot of sugar and refined carbohydrates, such as white rice, bread, and pasta, increases the levels of blood sugar in the body. When high blood sugar levels are maintained, it results in sugar molecules permanently bonding to proteins, including the collagen in the skin. This process is called glycation, which produces a chemical reaction in the skin that makes its surface more stiff and inflexible. In turn, this leads to premature aging, making the skin tougher and more wrinkled.
Consuming too much sugar is the cause of glycation. It results in three signs of aging: Wrinkles, lines, and discoloration. In addition, it can cause the skin to become saggier because both collagen and elastin are damaged and become misshapen. In addition to causing malformation of protein fibers, advanced glycation end products (AGEs) also contribute to connective tissue damage, chronic inflammation, heart disease, and diabetes.
The manifestation of the effects of glycation on the skin can be affected by diet and lifestyle habits. Therefore, it is important to refrain from eating a high glycemic load diet that is rich in sugar and refined carbohydrates, smoking, processed foods and meats, too much alcohol, and deep fried foods. In addition, avoid high-fructose corn syrup, which can be found in soft drinks and many processed sweets, because evidence has shown that this sweetener significantly increases the rate of glycation.
Foods that may prevent skin wrinkling
Fortunately, glycation of protein can be repaired. Here are some foods you can include in your diet to prevent wrinkles:
- Tomatoes – Tomatoes are usually added to salads as toppings, but they are so much more than that. They are rich in vitamin C, which helps build collagen. In turn, this makes the skin appear firmer and healthier. In addition, tomatoes are packed with lycopene, which protects the skin from UV (ultraviolet) damage.
- Berries – Berries, especially blueberries and raspberries, contain flavonoids, polyphenols, vitamins, probiotics, and antioxidants. Berries scavenge free radicals that damage cells, proteins, and DNA. In addition, they promote cell regeneration for new skin.
- Green tea – Cells need to regenerate properly to keep the skin look young. Because green tea contains a lot of antioxidants and the chemical EGCG, drinking green tea helps cells grow properly and maintain a healthy life cycle.
- Yogurt and kefir – Natural and unprocessed yogurt and kefir contain probiotics, which help fight redness and irritation. These skin-friendly bacteria are also known to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress.
- Fish – Adding foods that contain healthy fats, such as wild salmon, to your diet will make your skin moisturized from the inside out.
- Nuts – Nuts like almonds contain omega-3 fats that are good for the skin. Moreover, their anti-inflammatory properties help with skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and eczema.
- Avocados – Avocados are not only rich in healthy fats, but also in glutathione, which prevent aging. It removes toxins from the body and prevent acne and wrinkles.
- Honey – Honey contains anti-viral and antioxidant properties that are good for the skin and body. This is a healthier alternative for other types of sweetener.