When it comes to developing and maintaining a healthy diet, the importance of avoiding the harmful stuff is no less than that of eating healthily. As we are talking about premature aging today, let’s now take a look at five food items and ingredients that could actually affect how we age, along with creating multiple other health problems.
Olestra is a kind of synthetic fat used to manufacture “zero fat” potato chips, French fries, and other fatty snacks. While it sounds great on paper, it isn’t so at all. Olestra is a lot harder to digest than natural fats and more importantly, it eliminates antioxidants from our body. As antioxidants are largely what keeps us young both from the inside and the outside, you can imagine how Olestra contributes in bringing about premature aging.
Nitrates are chemicals used to keep cured meat fresh and free from bacteria. They are also quite useful for preserving the color in bacon and sausage, but as is the problem with most food processing chemicals, they are not good for your health. Once consumed, nitrates are converted into a carcinogenic compound known as nitrosamine. Nitrosamines are also associated with premature symptoms of neurodegeneration, which are generally exhibited by the elderly.
Alcohol is not necessarily bad for you, despite all the stigma that it has been associated with over the years. However, excessive and regular drinking has been scientifically proven to be a contributor to premature aging. General symptoms of alcohol abuse on the skin include premature wrinkles, loss of elasticity, puffiness, etc. In fact, other more serious conditions like liver and kidney problems also contribute to premature aging from the inside.
Soda Pop/Aerated Drinks
Another proven fact is the escalating effect artificially sweetened drinks may have on the aging process. Basically, drinking too much soda for a long period of time begins to degrade the telomeres early, which under normal circumstances, should only start to happen when we age significantly. Telomeres are the cap at the end of every chromosome in our cells. This effect is quite similar to what regular smoking does to the body.
White bread is a type of processed food, rich in carbs, as well as having a high glycemic index. Since it spikes insulin levels and insulin has been related to a number of skin issues, including acne, it’s probably a good idea if you stick to brown bread.
While aging is a natural process, we don’t exactly live in an all-natural environment. Therefore, in order to keep aging at bay for as long as possible, it has to be a conscious and multifaceted effort. A product like DermaSet is an all-in-one anti-aging solution for all your skin’s topical needs, but you still need to be careful about what goes inside your body.
A combination of exercise, proper skin care and a careful diet are essential if you truly want to stay youthful long well into your forties and beyond.