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6 Foods That Speed Up Aging

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Some unhealthy eating habits do worse than make you fat and tired – they age you from the inside out. Do you know that certain foods you eat wreak havoc not just with your health but also with how youthful you look and how well you age in every way? The old adage ‘You are what you eat” is true. It is nutrition, not our chronological age, that determines how youthful we look and feel.

Foods That Make You Age Faster

1. Sugar

The sugar circulating in your bloodstream attaches to the protein in your body that creates new molecules appropriately and precisely named AGES or advanced glycation end products.

Sugar not only causes you to gain weight easily but also creates wrinkles, sagging skin, and poor health. An interesting process called “glycation” takes place that literally renders your bodily tissues inflexible or simply damages them. Glycation is the caramelization of bodily tissue.

Think of those crispy browned potatoes on the stove – the crispy part is an example of glycation. The same process happens in your body. Collagen and elastin that keep our skin firm and youthful are the most vulnerable; once damaged, these lead to wrinkles and sagging skin.

2. Trans Fats

Make sure you read the nutrition label for “hydrogenated fats” as this is the code for trans fats.

Trans fats exert an inflammatory effect within the body, such as creating a stiffening of the arteries or constricted blood vessels that lead to less blood flow to the skin and much more, leaving skin older, stiffer, and more wrinkled.

Trans fats can be found in highly processed foods such as fast food, junk food, pie crust, deep fried foods, margarine, canned frosting, Bisquick-type products, non-dairy creamers, and much more. The label might say zero trans fats, but food manufacturers are allowed to state zero even if they have half a gram of trans fats. A half gram of trans fats still has a mighty unhealthful impact on our health.

3. Alcohol

If you are steering clear of red wine due to the staining factor it exerts, white wine actually causes dental damage by making teeth more prone to longer-lasting stains. Alcohol in moderation exerts a healthy effect. However, excess alcohol can really speed up aging in the form of premature wrinkles, loss of collagen, elasticity, redness, dehydration, and puffiness. Nutrient depletion, liver inflammation, and dehydration are the culprits when too much alcohol is ingested.

4. Excess Carbohydrates

You can look at refined carbs as simply sugars in disguise.

Just like how sugar creates a caramelization effect, refined carbs (healthy carbs stripped of all the good stuff) and excess healthy carbs have a bad impact as well. Once these carbs hit the blood stream – they behave just like sugar. Also, refined/excess carbs trigger insulin in excess and too much insulin prevents fat loss and slows or prevents lean muscle growth.

In addition, excess insulin also leaves you hungry just 30 min after eating, and this becomes a vicious cycle. The main stimulus for insulin secretion is dietary carbohydrates. Stick to complex carbs such as legumes and veggies as the fiber slows down the release of sugar; this equates to less glycation and less weight.

5. Low-Fat Foods

Everywhere you see, you find the result of decades worth of bad advice that has left the majority of people gaining weight and unknowingly aging their bodies. Remember the era of fat-free cookies? That is just a small example of a much larger problem. Fat does not make you fat. In fact, fat promotes weight loss and youthfulness. But the low-fat era is, unfortunately, still with us. Most people are more concerned with the fat grams in the nutrition labels.

Low-fat eating simply deprives one of all the nutritious fats that keeps us healthy and youthful.

A diet rich in essential and healthy fats plays a crucial role in how skin ages by reducing inflammation in the skin, encouraging hair growth and building strong cell membranes that reduce water loss in skin cells among other advantages.

Sources of healthy fats include the following:

  • Walnuts
  • Salmon
  • Flaxseed
  • Chia seeds
  • Avocados
  • Almonds
  • Cold water fish
  • Hemp seeds
  • Wheat germ
  • All nuts and seeds
  • Dark green leafy veggies
  • Omega 3-fortified eggs
  • Coconut oil

6. Salt

Excess salt in the diet with foods such as chips, crackers, pretzels, bagels, cereals, bagels, cereals, canned foods, cheeses, and even cottage cheese can retain fluid in the body, creating a puffy look and paradoxically causing the cells to shrink; this creates dehydration. And this results not just in the sensation of thirst but also older, dehydrated, wrinkled skin.

Reducing or avoiding these foods is your key to a more energetic, vibrant and youthful you – inside and out.

Dr. Lori L. Shemek
Star Expert

Dr. Lori Shemek is the best-selling author of “FIRE-UP YOUR FAT BURN! and a leading health and weight loss expert. The Huffington Post has recognized Dr. Shemek twice as one of the 'Top 16 Health and Fitness Experts' alongside such names as Dr. Oz and the Huffington Post also recognized her as one of the 'Top 35 Diet and Nutrition Experts' She is also a health expert for the ABC TV show Good Morning Texas.

Dr. Lori L. Shemek
Star Expert

Dr. Lori Shemek is the best-selling author of “FIRE-UP YOUR FAT BURN! and a leading health and weight loss expert. The Huffington Post has recognized Dr. Shemek twice as one of the 'Top 16 Health and Fitness Experts' alongside such names as Dr. Oz and the Huffington Post also recognized her as one of the 'Top 35 Diet and Nutrition Experts' She is also a health expert for the ABC TV show Good Morning Texas.

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Pinaki Prasad Ray
Pinaki Prasad Ray 5pts

It is necessary to know what food we can take after 40 to retain our youthfulness.

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JurekLedzinski
JurekLedzinski 5pts

As far as i'm concerned very important is also how we perceive this kind of food. Energy and our look at this has huge impact how this food will affect our body. I cannot say that food is healty but when you eat something from time to time it shouldn't cause any problems.

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Adina
Adina 5pts

i avoid them all and still get breakouts. Enjoy the junk food you eat because stress is much worse for your body :)

MichaelToebe1
MichaelToebe1 5pts

Salmon, if Atlantic, is healthy fat, good for the heart. Eggs are often debated

Benjamin Smith
Benjamin Smith 5pts

Idk they still don't have real solid scientific proof that food causes premature ageing! Maybe are genes are the most responsible for everything, maybe just drink water I heard it makes a person look younger smh

Annacath Charles
Annacath Charles 5pts

I am good. No wrinkles. No fluffy body and that's mostly because off eating the right food. Concerning fats, I believe a lot of people are not well informed about the necessity of fat. I didn't until a few years ago when I was avoiding all fat and there's a high price to pay for not using healthy fat. Hormone dis balance, joint issues and so on...

Raza Anas
Raza Anas 5pts

Yes you can try using karela its works better

Bill Keeting
Bill Keeting 5pts

Some qualified experts say Himalayan salt is good for you and not to listen to doctors who say not to eat salt

Vikki Grenier
Vikki Grenier 5pts

I quit all of those and do look better over all and feel really good. Vegan, eating whole foods. No processing. Try it you'll like it !

Anita Patil
Anita Patil 5pts

S it is true one must avoid junk food to remain healthy

Wanda Ivette
Wanda Ivette 5pts

Ok I believe that the greatest way to enjoy life is eating delicious food we like but off course DOING exercise daily.

Francine Yvette Mandeville
Francine Yvette Mandeville 5pts

It may not be a food or beverage, but smoking and lack of exercise are the worse of all you could do to yourself!

Francine Yvette Mandeville
Francine Yvette Mandeville 5pts

You will not die old, first of all, as you will become very sick and, because you are sick, you will not have a good quality of life. So you will die a very sickly person that has not had e joyed a healthy life filled with energy and fun. Think and do your research!

Anthea D'cruz
Anthea D'cruz 5pts

I'd rather eat everything.. Njoy lyf. Nd die old n happy :'( :D