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Foods that Cause Ageing

30 August 2013


Everything that you eat shows up on your face. Even the dermatologists support this thought. Visit them, and they will explain how your skin is a cue to what is happening inside your body. When your arteries are clean from inside, they pump oxygenated blood, resulting in a glowing skin. So, we need to be very careful about what we eat, as it hinders the proper functioning inside. Here are a few food items which you should avoid, in order to stay young for long.
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Sugar

Everyone desires to flaunt blemish-free skin, but if you have a sweet tooth then you better watch out! Dr. Fredric Brandt, who counts Madonna, Rupert Everett among his clients says,“Sugar hastens the degradation of elastin and collagen, both key skin proteins. In other words, it actively ages you." Sugar tends to attach to proteins in the bloodstream and form molecules known as advanced glycation end products. And, since collagen is the most prevalent form of protein available in our body, sugar attaches to them and quickly kills the elasticity of skin, thus causing wrinkles.

Alcohol

It is a truth that alcohol causes ageing. You can discount some years off your skin if you moderate your liquor intake. To begin with, alcohol has zero nutrients. And, when alcohol is metabolised, it widens our blood vessels that carry blood to our face, causing puffiness. Over a period of time our blood vessels continue to widen and lose elasticity. 

Processed Foods

Processed foods include pasteurised dairy products, processed meat, refined grains, etc. They contain phosphates, which are used as preservatives and flavour enhancers. High levels of phosphates accelerate signs of ageing. They also increase age-related complications, such as kidney disease, cardiovascular calcification, and induce severe muscle and skin atrophy. “Keeping the balance of phosphate in the diet may be important for a healthy life and longevity," says Mohammed Razzaque, from the Department of Medicine, Infection and Immunity at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Fried Foods

Fried food is responsible for weight gain, and also causes oil build up in the body. It also traps the harmful bacteria in your body, leading to acne and breakouts. Moreover, it contains trans fats (also known as artificial fats) that cause skin inflammation and encourage insulin resistance. and obesity. So, make sure you cut down on your French fries, potato chips, burgers, etc.

Caffeine

Caffeine leads to dehydration. It not only takes away moisture from your skin, but it also increases the production of cortisol. An overdose of cortisol accelerates the ageing process by thinning your skin. So, try and stay away from it. However, if you still want to have your coffee, make sure that you drink enough water to stay hydrated.
 

So, eat foods that do not have inflammatory effects and are quick to repair, regenerate and reproduce new skin cells, thus making your skin glow.

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