Slow Down The Aging Process
Did you know that sugar ages you?
In a process known as glycation, sugar attaches to the collagen in our skin and other parts of the body. This causes inflammation and reduces the effectiveness of both collagen and elastin, the proteins in our skin that help it stay youthful. When these don’t work so well, your skin no longer looks supple and youthful. Instead it begins to look dull, dry and…old!
While glycation can’t be completely stopped, it can be slowed down. And you guessed it, quitting sugar is one of the best ways to do this.
You don’t have to take my word for it, a study of 600 men and women found that those with higher blood sugar levels consistently looked older than those with lower blood sugar. For every extra 180 g of glucose per liter of blood, their estimated age rose by five months.
Diabetics – whose blood sugar level had been raised over a long period of time – looked older than their peers who did not have diabetes.
As well as aging your skin, too much sugar has been found to aggravate acne, and in some cases, even trigger it. And, according to the Rosacea Research & Development Institute, sugar is the fuel that burns the inflammation seen in rosacea.
Once you begin to wean yourself off the white stuff (including simple carbs) you should soon start to notice a difference in how your skin looks and feels.