Did you know that sugar intake is now linked to accelerated aging of your skin?As well as being a cause of diabetes and other health problems, high sugar intake is now known to cause dull skin, wrinkles and signs of skin aging.
This is what happens.
As described by Dr Fredric Brandt, a dermatologist in private practice in Miami and New York City, as
you have sugar, the sugar absorbed into the blood stream coats proteins around the body, a process
This results are new molecules being formed called advanced glycation end products, or AGEs for short.
And this damages the important proteins in your skin – collagen and elastin.
The more sugar you have, the more AGE proteins are formed. Which means your skin will become wrinkled, dull, and you’ll look years older than you really are.
This process of sugar coating or glycation occurs even faster after the age of 35.
So if you’re interested in younger looking skin, then listen up and find out how to reverse this process
with some simple tips that anyone can do.
Here are the 4 steps to prevent your skin from aging by these AGE proteins, with some simple changes:
Start by cutting back on the amount of sweet things in your diet. Instead, turn to fruits and vegetables for
natural sugars which don’t spike the blood sugar up.
Try to keep your sugar intake to less than 10% of your total calorie intake per day. For an average person this is about 10 teaspoons of sugar per day.
Not only will your skin thank you, you’ll stay lean and healthy as well.
Not sure how to tell how many teaspoons of sugar there are in a serving? Take the carbohydrates listed in grams on the packet, and divide by 4 and you’ll get the number of teaspoons of sugar.
Sugar can be disguised by many names and it’s common in processed foods. Ingredients such as dextrose, corn syrup, dextrose, maltose, maple syrup or molasses are forms of
sugar that you should be aware of when looking at the ingredients in foods.
In particular, fructose corn syrup is the worst when it comes to causing the AGE proteins, so avoid this one.
Take a minimum of 1 mg of Vitamin B6 and B1 each day.
According to Dr David Goldberg, a dermatologist in New York City, there are a number of studies that have hown that these B vitamins will reduce the formation of AGE proteins.
They can be found in food, but you can take a multivitamin to ensure you’re getting enough. Your body will just eliminate what’s not needed so there are no worries about toxicity.
Avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun, especially during the peak times of the day. It has been shown that skin that’s exposed to the sun will form significantly more AGE proteins, according to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology.
You can use a daily moisturizer with an SPF of 30 and wear a wide brimmed hat to help protect your facial skin from the sun, and to further decrease the formation of AGE proteins.
Antioxidants are also important to your body to help prevent the formation of these AGE proteins. You can also get this protection from an anti aging cream which contains good levels of antioxidants.
You can also get them from eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts and green tea.
If you aren’t sure that you’re getting an adequate amount in your diet, you can take a supplement to help.
So there you have it!
You now know about what happens to your skin when you take in refined sugars.
And you also know how to overcome this process of aging called glycation, which results in AGE proteins, in 4 easy steps.
So go for it and put these steps into action and get gorgeous skin right away.
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