Let’s be honest. Once we reach a certain age, none of us really expects to see a 21 year old gazing back at us from the mirror.
Heck, if you’re anything like me you’re not even expecting to see a 31 year old these days. And I don’t know about you, but I’m fine with that.
But one thing I can’t stomach is looking older than my years.
Sure, I’ve earned every single gray hair on my head and wrinkle on my face. But that doesn’t mean I want to look like I have.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any control over two major age accelerators. Both our genes and our exposure to pollutants can hit fast forward on our appearance.
But that doesn’t mean we have to accept looking older than our years.
Fight skin aging with a simple diet do-over
Because what you choose to put on the inside can have a huge impact on what you see on the outside. And purging your diet of these common foods could erase five or 10 years from your appearance fast.
Fight aging, and look and feel years younger, by ditching these five skin aging foods starting today.
1. Agave nectar:
Agave nectar is pitched as a healthy alternative to refined sugar. Its manufacturers encourage using it in place of sugar in everything from baked goods to oatmeal. But what they fail to mention is agave is essentially nothing more than a highly refined sugar itself.
There’s very little natural about the agave nectar you’ll find on grocery store shelves. The liquid in those bottles has been refined and processed as much as any white sugar on the shelf. And any potential health benefits are long since gone.
Plus, agave is loaded with fructose, the very same sugar you’re trying to avoid in the first place.
Eating too much fructose causes chronic inflammation, which ages you both inside and out. Over time, it begins to break down the collagen which keeps your skin looking smooth and supple. The result is accelerated skin aging, and those fine lines and wrinkles you see when you look in the mirror.
Skip the agave and save your skin.
Pick your poison. No matter whether it’s a margarita or a mojito, cocktails hit the fast forward button on skin aging. In fact, these super sweet and concoctions deliver a double-dose of aging along with every pink umbrella.
A single cocktail can have up to 50 grams of inflammation triggering sugar. That’s 30 more grams than a woman should have in an ENTIRE day. And men you’re not off the hook, it flies right by your total daily allowance of 36 grams too.
And with cocktails, face-aging inflammation isn’t all you need to worry about. Alcohol is dehydrating, which takes a toll on your skin too.
3. Canned soup:
It’s soup season. On a blustery cold December day, nothing quite hits the spot like a hot steaming bowl of delicious soup. Just make sure it’s homemade and not out of a can.
Canned soups are swimming in junk sodium and preservatives that trigger inflammation and skin aging. And a regular canned soup habit can cause you to retain water, leaving your skin looking both bloated and dry.
Make your soup from scratch instead. Sure, it takes more effort. But it will taste terrific and actually be good for you. Homemade bone broths are brimming with skin-friendly nutrients including calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.
4. Charred meats:
If you feel like your burger or steak isn’t complete without some grill lines seared into it, your skin could be paying the price. Experts say the black char your so fond of contains inflammation boosting hydrocarbons. Which means every bite could be doing damage to the collagen in your skin.
Collagen is what gives your skin strength and elasticity. It fights skin sagging and helps keep wrinkles at bay.
But the good news is you don’t have to give up the grill to fight premature skin aging. Keeping your grill clean and heat low can cut back on the char, making your meat more skin friendly. For more grilling suggestions, see our special report Grilling safety: Slash cancerous HCAs nearly 100%.
5. Lunch meats:
If you’ve never met a deli meat or sausage you didn’t like your face could be giving your lunchmeat obsession away. These highly processed meats are full of sulfites and other preservatives that can inflame your skin and accelerate skin aging.
Plus most lunchmeats are brimming with bloat producing junk sodium, which can leave you looking puffy and old.
To fight ski aging ditch the processed deli meats and slice up fresh meats for sandwiches instead. It will taste terrific and help keep your face looking young and fresh too.
Put your best face forward by dumping these five skin aging foods starting today.
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