Aging is a completely normal and natural process. Hard as we might try, we can’t escape it! We’ll all age eventually and everyone goes through it at their own pace. That said, for some it may appear to come on a little quicker than others. This can be a result of many factors, including risk factors like family history and medical conditions, as well as lifestyle factors such as smoking, drinking, and diet.
While anti-aging moisturizers and serums may help you look and feel younger, what you put in your body is just as, if not more important. For example, eating too many processed foods can lead to damage in your skin’s collagen which could make you appear older than you actually are. We believe everything can be enjoyed in moderation, however you may want to be mindful of these foods that can speed up the aging process.
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Sugar is that sweet ingredient that makes our favorite desserts taste delicious. It may taste good but it could be the culprit to accelerated aging. Sugar can accelerate the aging process through DNA damage. “…at the end of each strand of our DNA is a little cap, called a telomere, which protects our DNA from damage. Every time our DNA is read and duplicated, those telomeres shorten,” says Dr. Nish. “While our bodies normally replace those telomeres, sugar quickens that shortening, and thereby, advances the aging process.”
Sugar can take a toll on your skin and some side effects include the development of dark spots, slower healing of cuts and scrapes, sagging neck and chin, and the appearance of wrinkles. While some skin damage is irreversible, you can reverse some of the metabolic consequences of sugar and help prevent chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke, dementia, cancer, and more. The best way to begin removing sugar from your diet is to start reading labels on drinks and food and try your best to lean on fresh fruits when you’re craving for something sweet!