Are you eating “skin-aging” foods?

Posted 09/17/2014 | By HealthCorps

A recent Time magazine article showcased the impact food can have on your skin. While many of us choose foods for their health benefits and possibly to enhance weight loss, skin aging is of equal concern to women and to young adults in particular. According to the experts in the Time article, your skin reflects your food choices, and especially your regular indulgences. So what shouldn’t you eat on a regular basis, in order to keep your skin and teeth from aging?

  1. Keep clear of added sugars and foods high in any kind of sugars, artificial or natural. Sugar causes glycation, a chemical process in your body that seems to result in damage to skin collagen.
  2. Don’t drink a lot of alcohol. Alcohol is dehydrating and too much alcohol can impair your liver, whose job it is to remove toxins from your body (including your skin). Alcohol can also interfere with sleep, and poor sleep means wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity, and uneven pigmentation.
  3. White wine specifically can damage your teeth’s enamel and also prime teeth for stains. Wait an hour before brushing teeth after drinking white wine, since it’s acidic, and brushing can further erode your teeth.
  4. Charred meat contains pro-inflammatory hydrocarbons which contribute to inflammation.  Inflammation damages skin.
  5. Salty foods can cause skin puffiness which can make you look older. Remember to cook with less salt (use herbs instead), take the salt shaker off the table, and look at labels to see how much salt is in the food you routinely eat.
  6. Processed meats are a double whammy. They can have a lot of salt and also a fair number of preservatives. Sulfites and other preservatives trigger inflammation.  Swap out processed meats for healthier, unprocessed proteins.
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