We are well aware of the damaging effects that the sun can have on our skin, causing signs of premature aging. But have you considered the negative impact that certain foods can have on your skin? This may be all too bittersweet, but sugar consumption can lead to more wrinkles. According to dermatology research, deep lines and sagging skin can be a result of a process called glycation. This process occurs when sugar molecules in your bloodstream attach to proteins and collagen fibers to form advanced glycation end products or AGEs. As more AGEs develop, skin becomes less elastic and more vulnerable to wrinkles, lines and sagging. These results are not so sweet!
The build up of AGEs can result in other damaging effects to the body such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. To “Feel Better and Live Longer!”, follow these recommendations:
- Avoid all forms of refined sugars and chemical artificial sweeteners. It's difficult of eliminate all sugar from the diet, as natural forms can still be converted to glucose in your bloodstream. However, reducing added sugars will reduce the formation of AGEs and their detrimental effects.
- Read food labels for hidden forms of sugar like High Fructose Corn Syrup, barley malt, and dextrose. These forms are equally as damaging.
- Fight back with nutrient rich foods that are full of anti-oxidants, such as berries, walnuts and green tea. These are also anti -inflammatory and provide nutrients that promote beautiful skin and a healthy body.
Don't sabotage your skin or your health by consuming too much sugar. Your life will be much sweeter if you give it the proper nutrition it needs!
Jody Anderson, RN, CHC
Succeed Health, LLC- Algoma