We often hear about what we need to eat so that we can look and feel better. Then there are the many lotions and potions that claim to be like a fountain of youth except these ‘fountains” typically drain your pockets and leave you looking just the same as before.
How about, rather than trying to look for what makes us look younger, we take another approach and just avoid foods that make us look older, inside and out? Some foods that we love to splurge on are actually like a fountain of aging, rather than a fountain of youth.
Below are the foods that you should avoid if you do not want to age faster than you should:
There are several reasons why a sugar-filled diet makes you look older. When there is excess sugar in the body, it attaches itself to collagen, making the skin look stiff and inflexible. According to “Diet Myths Busted; Food Facts Not Nutrition Fiction” by Ann A. Rosenstein, “losing this elastic resilience of young skin will give the skin deep wrinkles and make it look old.”
Like sugar, excess trans fats make the skin look stiff and inflexible. “Trans fats clog and stiffen the arteries and smaller blood vessels,” which makes the skin look old, wrote Rosenstein.
Salt dehydrates the body. When you are dehydrated, you become fatigued, which makes you look tired and worn out. In addition, excess salt contributes to kidney disease, high blood pressure and interferes with bone metabolism.
Coffee and caffeinated products also dehydrate the body, making you look tired and worn out.
The sugar in candy causes inflammation in the body and can make skin look wrinkled and old.
Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame are associated with headaches and joint pain and can make you crave sweets.