Is Sugar Ruining Your Skin? Learn 6 Ways to Stop It.
Studies have shown the negative effects sugar has on your body, including weight gain, tooth decay and cavities, and inflammation. Excessive amounts of sugar in your diet this will also have a negative effect on your skin.
Sugar affects the collagen and elastin in your skin, which keeps your skin smooth, firm and supple. When you take in large amounts of sugar it starts a process called glycation, this is when the sugar molecules bind with protein molecules to create tissue that is tough and inflexible, creating a tangled mess. These creation of this sugar protein is called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGE's). The human body does not recognize these proteins and will produce antibodies that cause inflammation. As we age the proteins in our body, at the cellular level, become damaged by the AGE's, hence the aging of skin. The more sugar you eat, the more AGE's are produced. When the body becomes overwhelmed with AGE's, collagen is compromised. The effects of glycation lead to wrinkles, loss of elasticity and skin aging.
Here are 6 things you can do to control or reduce your sugar intake:
Avoid sugary snacks
It is probably best to pass on the donut every morning or say no to dessert. This will not only help your waistline but your skin as well.
Avoid packaged or processed foods
These foods tend to have added sugar that could be in excess. Read the label! You may need to decide whether the added sugar is worth it.
Drink plenty of water
Drinking water not only helps your skin but the rest of your body systems as well. I look at it as a way of flushing our system and keeping it clean and in proper working order!
Avoid adding sugar to your drinks or drinking beverages that already have high amounts of sugar
This is a tough one and took me a while to get used to. I would add sugar to my coffee or iced tea. I learned to enjoy these drinks without the added (un)benefit of sugar. If this one is too hard to do you, try to at least decrease the amount of sugar you use. You may not have to stop using it completely if you are implementing other ways to curb your sugar intake.
Reduce high sugar foods
These foods include rice, pasta and bread.
Watch your stress levels
Increase in stress increases cortisol levels which elevate your blood sugar. Using meditation, yoga, breathing techniques or herbal remedies and exercise could help control stress.
At the end of the day it’s about being more conscious of what is happening to your body and being more aware of what you put into your body that makes all the difference.
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