As if the risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, weight gain, fertility issues, inflammation, and depression (and much more) weren’t reason enough to cut out sugar… how about saggy and wrinkly skin? Sugar is damaging to ALL organ systems, so why not our skin as well? (hint: it is) It’s a hard truth, but a lifetime of eating the sugary sweets can make skin dull and wrinkled.
Glycation occurs when sugar in the bloodstream attaches to protein or collagen fibers to form harmful advanced glycation end products (AGEs). When this happens the sugar molecules attach to collagen fibers which causes weakness and inflexibility. This inflexibility leads to skin with lost elasticity and increased vulnerability to sun damage, wrinkles, and sagging. High-glycemic foods rapidly convert to glucose in your bloodstream and the more you eat, the more AGEs develop. AGEs also weaken your body’s natural antioxidant enzymes which leave you with an increased susceptibility to sun damage.
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Obviously, we suggest limiting your sugar intake. Sugar is sneaky and can be found in most processed foods. Anything that says: “sugar, cane sugar, barley malt, corn syrup, dextrose, fruit juice concentrate, maltose, maple syrup, molasses, turbinado, etc.” should be avoided. They are different words for the same thing: sugar. Another way to avoid needless aging, is to make sure you are getting your B1 and B6 vitamins as they have been shown to inhibit AGE. Lastly, use a natural sunscreen! While some conventional sunscreens have harmful toxins, this really isn’t an excuse not to wear sunscreen. There are so many natural sunscreens available (or try making your own). Even if you’re eliminating sugar out of your diet, sunscreen is an important preventative measure to keeping your skin protected from harmful rays.
Aging happens to the lucky ones so it's not something to be ashamed of. Lines, wrinkles, and even sagging skin are natural parts of aging. These tips can help you age appropriately, gracefully, and while maintaining your glowing skin.