4 Foods That Age You
Ageing skin, or simply skin that doesn’t reflect what you’re feeling on the inside, can be tough. Even traumatic. I’ve been there. And having a weight issue on top of that may leave you feeling helpless. We all want to look AND feel good.
There are so many options, lotions, potions, and up and coming procedures out there that it can be a challenge to know where to start. If you’re like me, you may have some questions and challenges.
My goal is to show you how you can take back control of your inner and outer beauty and how simple it can all be-without the chemicals, gimmicks and seemingly never-ending “next best thing” alternatives currently flooding your decision-making process.
Today, for instance, I’m going to show you what’s REALLY at the root cause of wrinkles, aging, acne and dull skin. Something the beauty industry rarely mentions.
Your skin is your largest organ and it is also the external expression of your internal health. You may have been led to believe that any acne, early on-set wrinkles, blemishes, or weird patches on your skin may be genetic—something outside of your control. But today I’m going to tell you the truth—anything less than flawless, gorgeous skin is because of what you’re eating, drinking or putting on your skin. Plain and simple.
Which means, you have the power to change it. Which is empowering.
But to do that, you first need to understand what it is that you are doing to jeopardize your skin (and health and weight as a matter of fact). It all goes back to what you are eating.
The 4 foods that age you
You have substances in your body called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs). AGEs are responsible for speeding up-or slowing down-the aging process in your body and that includes aging and damage to your organs, your joints and of course, your skin.
One of the factors that causes the increase in AGE levels in the body is elevated blood sugar levels, or more specifically, continuously elevated blood sugar levels.
When you consume wheat, even whole-wheat, which is widely believed to be healthy and is recommended over conventional white flour, your blood sugar level spikes-then crashes. And it spikes even HIGHER than if you were to consume pure, white table sugar (the other skin-aging culprit).
So basically, anytime you eat bread (wholewheat, multigrain, rye, Egyptian “balady” bread, sourdough); cereals (all bran, multigrain, muesli); pasta; muffins (even your favorite low-fat muffin); pizza; cakes; cookies; desserts or any baked goods, you are raising your blood sugar levels. Yes, a piece of bread is just as bad as a piece of cake.
Once your blood sugar levels are raised, and if they are continuously high-and for most people they are because most people consume some type of wheat at breakfast (bread, cereal, croissant, muffin); then more wheat at lunch (sandwich, pasta) and again at dinner. And that doesn’t include any snacks or desserts throughout the day (crackers, cookies etc)–then you increase your AGE levels which leads to an acceleration in aging which shows up on your skin as wrinkles, blemishes, uneven skin tone and a general dullness.
The other problematic ingredient in foods that contain wheat is something called acrylamides. Acrylamides are found in the brown or darker parts of breads and baked goods (also in French fries and other browned starchy foods). What these acrylamides do is not only contribute to speedy aging but have also been known to be carcinogens (cancer causing).
Sugar and Sugary Foods
This one is straightforward. If wheat raises your blood sugar levels, then of course, so does original sugar and any food that has sugar added to it so all desserts, cakes, candies, muffins, cereals, packaged foods in general, commercial chocolates and ice cream.
As with wheat, if it raises blood sugar levels, it increases AGEs, which accelerate the aging process of your internal body (organs, joints) and your external body (dull, sagging, wrinkled skin).
The main ingredient in dairy is lactose, another form of sugar. And it raises blood sugar levels, again, in the same way as wheat or dairy leading to an increase of AGEs.
The other problem with dairy is hormones. The overwhelming vast majority of commercial dairy and dairy products today carry the hormones of the cow that produced this dairy as well as the additional hormones given to this cow so that it can produce abnormal quantities of milk to fulfill commercial needs. In addition to wrinkles and dull skin, these hormones contribute to acne.
For years, we’ve been advised to avoid any kind of fats such as butter or ghee and instead replace them with vegetable oils like corn oil, sunflower oil, or canola oil. The issue with these oils is the way they’ve been processed to create the oil from the vegetable.
Using very high heat and chemicals such as hexane, leaves you with an oil that is very oxidized, which means it oxidizes in your blood, meaning it turns rancid, which leads to inflammation in the body, which damages your cells and not only accelerates aging but can lead to a host of other problems like heart disease. (this doesn’t include olive oil).
As you know, I’ve been on my own health journey that has not only finally solved my constant yo-yo dieting but also cleared up my skin. I used to jump from diet to diet; lose all the weight only to gain it ALL back plus some. When I finally learned about clean eating and the effects of wheat, dairy, sugar and these oils on my body-and skin-that phase of my life ended. You can read my full story here.
If you are ready to master inner and outer care the same way that I did so you can attain natural and sustainable beauty then check out my Empowered Beauty Skin and Self Care Program here–we start on Sunday Sept. 24!