Anti-Aging is big business! External treatments abound to keep you looking young but, when it comes to aging, looks can be deceiving.
Aging looks are rooted in aging cells and you may need to look no further than your own dietary habits to support those anti-aging goals.
We all know that poor dietary habits contribute to you feeling tired, stressed, and stuck with that extra 10-20 pounds of unwanted fat on your body.
But there are some foods that do more harm than good by aging you from the inside out.
If you’re only concerned with calories in versus calories out, you may be missing a very important point of nutrition: the aging of your cells.
“Nutrition, not age, determines the body’s internal chemistry, and that chemistry determines, in large part, the quality and resiliency of virtually every organ, cell and system in the body.”
Every system in your body is aging — but your nutrition determines how fast you see and feel the effects. The quality of your hair, skin, and nails; your brain and bone health; the strength of your joints and connective tissues; even the regeneration of your organs, cells, and DNA depends upon the food you put into your body.
The good news is that some very simple shifts to your daily routine can not only add years to your life, they can help you meet those weight loss goals, boost your energy, and restore your immune health!
5 Foods that INSTANTLY Age You
Sugar, in the form of sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, and other refined sweeteners trigger a process called glycation where excess sugar molecules combine with proteins to create AGES (advanced glycation end products) that damage skin’s collagen. If you say, “Yes” to too much refined sugar, you can say “Bye-bye” to firm, youthful skin.
Optimal liver function eliminates toxins that would otherwise affect skin tone, elasticity, and glow. Excessive alcohol intake, coupled with sulfites and other preservatives hinders the liver’s ability to break down toxins and accelerates aging — over time issues like acne and wrinkles as well as, dehydration, moodswings, weight gain, and disturbed sleep wreak havoc on the body.
- Processed meats
Deli meats, sausage, bacon, and other packaged meats that contain manufactured preservatives, like sulfites, trigger inflammation. The body does not recognize these substances rendering them neither usable nor able to be broken down. This cellular disruption results in premature aging of your tissues.
- Trans fats
We know trans fats are to be avoided but did you know when a label says “0g trans fat” it may still contain 0.5g per serving? Exactly, how many serving of those potato chips did you eat??
Trans fat, like all artificial additives, is a food substance that has been manipulated to the point that your body cannot use it for energy or cellular repair. Studies show it causes inflammation, leading to an increased risk of heart disease. If your tissues are aging on the inside, I guarantee they are aging on the outside, too.
- Table salt
The great debate over salt ensues, but one thing I know for sure is sea salt contains trace minerals necessary for our bodies to thrive. Table salt has been stripped of its nutrients. Man-made chemicals are added back into table salt, disrupting the natural relationship between co-factors needed for the body to assimilate nutrients. No wonder table salt has been linked to hypertension, heart disease, and strokes.
All 5 of these “Frankenstein” foods age you INSTANTLY from the inside out — avoid them by choosing their all-natural counterparts:
- Raw, local honey
- Organic, preservative-free wine in moderation
- Organic, grass-fed, hormone- and preservative-free meats
- Fats from whole foods such as olives, coconut, nuts, seeds, avocado, and fish
- Sea salt
You CAN eat delicious food, enjoy life, be healthy and look young! The choice is yours everyday — choose Love, Respect, and Gratitude for your body. The rewards are life long.
Written By Missi Holt