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Is Your Diet Making You Look Old?
Have you
noticed that diabetics tend to look much older than their age? They have
chronic spikes in their blood sugar level, which dramatically accelerate aging
in their body. The age-increasing effect of sugar is not just limited to diabetics.
It affects everyone who eats the wrong kind of food. Eating too much sugar and
processed carbohydrates can lead to damage in your skin’s collagen.
Aging is
basically a continuing state of inflammation and oxidation. The wrong kind of
diet can produce high levels of oxidants called AGEs – Advanced Glycation End-products
– that will speed up aging. This is not just about wrinkles. This also affects
how well your heart, kidney and other organs will function.
Sugar
is the obvious food to avoid. This means you should cut down on desserts,
cereals, candy, soda, and other sweets that are contributing to aging you
faster. Use coconut sugar or a natural sweetener like Stevia in your daily
coffee, tea, in baking, or other sweetening needs. This will dramatically help control
your blood sugar level and slow aging.
Cut down on desserts to control
blood sugar level and slow aging.

Keep in
mind that some starchy foods like white rice, oatmeal, and white potatoes have
significant impacts on the formation of AGEs in your body. These foods are best
consumed in small portions, and balanced with healthy fats and proteins to slow
the blood sugar response.

Tuna and
salmon are loaded with omega-3, which fight inflammation. They are also good
sources of protein, just like lentils and beans, and lean meat. Our skin is
essentially made of protein, so we should get enough of it to keep our skin
healthy.
It
is important to eat more vegetables and fruits, and whole foods that are
closest to their natural state. They are rich sources of antioxidants, and are
loaded with nutrients and fibers. Lettuce, broccoli, spinach, watercress,
asparagus, and tomato are just a few good examples. Guava, watermelon,
grapefruit, pomelo, and guyabano (soursop), have high levels of vitamin C, a
proven antioxidant and collagen builder to help reverse the signs of aging.

Go for moderation and keep a well-balanced diet
to help you live longer and look younger.

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This column was published in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on February 11, 2014 . The author is the CEO of SkinStation. He
received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from Professional
Regulation Commission (PRC) for his achievements in the field of cosmetic
chemistry. Skin Smart aims to clarify facts and myths on skin care. Send
your questions and comments to info@skinstation.ph.
 


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