Is your fork causing wrinkles?
Go back in time by avoiding these foods that age your skin.
Wrinkles are a natural part of aging, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to prevent them. While spending money on good products for our skin topical is helpful for youthful skin, the other place to find anti-aging products is in your grocery store or garden. What we eat is just as important, as what we slather on our skin. Nourishing our skin from the inside out can help beat the clock. And just as some foods can help slow the effects of time, other foods can speed up our skin’s aging process, contributing to wrinkles and sagging.
What Keeps Skin Looking Healthy
Your skin is important—it’s actually your body’s biggest organ. Our skin is coated in a layer of natural oils that protect it and lock in moisture. As we age, the oil production slows down, and skin cells lose the ability to repair themselves as easily. Our skin’s reserve of collagen—a type of protein that keeps skin firm, elastic and youthfully plump—also begins to run low, making skin thinner. And thin skin wrinkles more easily than thicker skin.
Environmental Factors that Affect Skin
Environmental factors, such as chemicals, cigarette smoking, and sun exposure, can make your skin look older, drier and dull. What you eat matters too—avoid the following skin-aging foods to help minimize wrinkles and keep your skin healthy.
Foods That ARE AGING YOU!
1. Sugars and Sweets
The average American eats a whopping 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. a diet high in sugar activates enzymes that devour healthy collagen, leaving behind damaged fragments of collagen. When skin’s healthy collagen-making cells run into these fragments, they get confused, shut down and stop making collagen. As a result, the collagen-depleting effect, a process called glycation, is exponential. If collagen is a rubber band that keeps your skin looking firm, then glycation is tying it into knots and rendering it useless.
The end products of glycation (advanced glycation end products, typically and appropriately shortened to AGEs), damage skin and other tissues. Among healthy people, the effects of glycation on skin start to show at about age 35 and just increase after that.
2. Saturated Fats
Saturated fat may also be a major contributor to aging skin. A 2007 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study that looked at more than 4,000 middle-aged women concluded that dietary differences did appear to influence the degree of wrinkling. A 17-gram increase in daily fat intake increased the likelihood of a wrinkled appearance.
The reason for the sat fat-wrinkle connection is those pesky AGEs (again!). It turns out that saturated fats can also react with collagen to produce AGEs.
3. Processed foods
Researchers are noticing higher levels of AGEs in people in part because of the spread of processed foods. Yes, AGEs are also present in many processed foods that have been exposed to high temperatures to lengthen their shelf life. That high heat reacts with the sugars and fats to form AGEs. No need to switch to a raw diet though. Cooking methods that involve lots of water—such as steaming, stewing, poaching, braising and blanching—reduce the AGE-creation process because the liquid offsets the heat. So the more you cook with water, the more you stop AGEs.
What to eat to protect your skin from sun damage and wrinkles.
As the weather warms and we all start spending more time outside, chances are you’re upping your sunscreen usage. But did you know that certain foods also shield your skin from the sun—and the damage it wreaks on your skin? Sunscreen with chemicals not only ages you; in addition it is harmful to the rest of your body too. Next month I will be launch'n a new congueror cream for outdoor women with sun shelter from all natural ingredients. It has carrot oil and natural minerals in it. According to a study published, products containing carrot seed oil have a natural SPF of between 38 and 40. WE DO NOT, put an SPF on our products. But know that carrot oil, which doubles as an antispetic is said to contain a high SPF factor when diluted with a carrier oil.
Boost your defenses against and help keep your skin looking younger with these 5 foods.
A cup of strawberries delivers about 150 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C—and eating more vitamin-C-rich foods may help to ward off wrinkles and age-related dryness
Tomatoes get their red hue from lycopene, a carotenoid that may help to keep your skin smooth.
Tofu—and other soyfoods, such as edamame and soymilk—may help to preserve skin-firming collagen because it is rich in isoflavones. ( only eat if you are not estrogen dominant)
Tuneand other omega-3-rich fish, such as salmon and sardines—may help keep your skin looking youthful and prevent skin cancer. EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), one of the omega-3 fats in fatty fish, has been shown to preserve collagen, a fibrous protein that keeps skin firm. And EPA in combination with the other omega-3 in fish, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), helps to prevent skin cancer by reducing inflammatory compounds that can promote tumor growth, says professor in the department of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Aim to eat two servings of fatty fish each week: not only are the omega-3s good for your skin, they’re good for your heart too. OR YOU CAN TAKE 3 TUNA OMEGAS A DAY. email me to order just $23 for a month supply.
Dark chocolate ( over 80 %) This one may be the most surprising of all, since some people say chocolate gives you acne. Turns out studies have unequivocally shown there is no connection between chocolate and skin problems, and that some types of chocolate, in fact, may even be good for your skin. Cocoa contains a type of flavonoid called epicatechin (so do green teas and red wine). In a study of 24 women, published in the Journal of Nutrition, drinking an epicatechin-rich cocoa beverage daily for 12 weeks improved skin texture. Epicatechin increased blood flow to the skin, boosting nutrient and oxygen supply—both factors essential for keeping skin healthy.
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