Whatever you eat affects you for better or for worse. You believe in those foods you are used to—making them your go-to whenever you feel hungry. What you eat can either speed up the aging process. Therefore, it is important that you ought to know the best foods to take in. This means that you ought to stick to more nutritious foods that enhance your wellbeing, longevity, and create more opportunities to be healthier. That is why you are advised to eat wisely.
How then can you eat wisely to protect your body from getting older than your usual age when you are addicted to those chummy foods? You may think those chummy foods are good for your health, but in reality, the reverse is the case. Let’s examine some of these foods that speed up your body’s aging process so that you dish them out of your list.
- Trans Fats
Trans fats are also called trans-unsaturated fatty acids or trans fatty acids. These are the type of unsaturated fats which occur in a small amount in nature. But they were widely produced in 1950 in margarine, deep fried foods, junk foods, frozen pizza, coffee creamer, hydrogenated vegetable oils, etc. Why should you avoid foods rich in trans fat? Too much intake of trans fat puts you at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. They also raise LDL (bad) cholesterol levels in the body while lowering HDL (good) cholesterols. In addition, they cause the arteries to stiff. This causes an inadequate supply of blood to the skin—thus, speeding up the aging process.
Another key to making you look younger is avoiding sugar. The simple theory associated with sugar and aging is simple: If you eat more sugar than your cells can process, the excess sugar molecules combine with protein (collagen). When this happens, the sugar in the body attaches to the proteins to produce harmful free radicals called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). The more sugar you eat, the more AGEs you have; and the more AGEs that accumulate, the more damage you cause to your collagen (the protein that keeps you youthful).
- Processed Meats
Among those foods that kill easily are processed meats. The reason is not far-fetched, as it is based on the preservatives and sulfites used in manufacturing them. According to dermatologist Dr. Ariel Ostad, these meats, because they are loaded with sulfites and preservatives, can trigger inflammation in the skin and accelerate the aging appearance. It is best you substitute turkey, chicken, or hard-boiled egg salad for processed meats.
One source that kills humans faster is the intake of too much alcohol. So many individuals are so obsessed with alcohol to the extent that they can’t live if they don’t abuse alcohol every day. While moderate alcohol intake is good for the body, excessive intake depletes the body of vitamin A, an essential vitamin needed to keep the skin sparkling and youthful. Is there any proof? Yes, there is! Excessive use of alcohol causes dehydration to the body. For example, have you ever noticed two women: one who has been drinking alcohol for so long a time and the other who doesn’t drink at all? How do they look? Do their skins look the same or different? Without a doubt, the skin of the latter will always shine and look younger than the skin of the former because, in the former, the skin has been dehydrated—making it look older than the latter’s.
- Energy Drinks
You may wonder why we included energy drinks among these. But truly, energy drinks aren’t good for your health because they contain caffeine and synthetic sugar. These ingredients, caffeine, and sugar, cause wrinkles and speed up the aging process. And according to dental experts, regular consumption of energy drinks causes serious damage to the teeth because the acidic content bathes the enamel of the teeth, making them look yellow and older.