Did you know Hyaluronic acid and Collagen is naturally found in the body but decreases as we age?! Furthermore, hyaluronic acid boost collagen production in the body; and consuming vitamin C and amino acids rich foods can further elevate hyaluronic acid and collagen in the body. Collagen and hyaluronic acid are two vital components for a healthy skin. They both support one another, but individually they have very unique benefits. Collagen is responsible for the tightness, firmness, elasticity, and renewal of skin cells. While hyaluronic acid is responsible for the smoothness of the skin and linked to skin repair. So collagen basically firms the skin and hyaluronic acid hydrates the collagen.
With our busy lifestyles we must try to slow down and maintain a healthy lifestyle; consuming what is not only good for our health, skin but overall wellbeing. Remember you are what you eat! And even though, ageing is a natural part of life, there are foods to help you age better. However, today we’re talking about all the foods that we love that are ultimately bad for us. Your ageing process is facilitated by these foods leading to dull, damaged skin that makes you look older than your actual age.
Apparently, fried foods are very unhealthy and have negative effects. This is due to its excess calories, fat and trans-fat . Too much of it could cause blemishes, diabetes, heart disease as well as obesity. It’s best to stay clear from fried chips and those fast food we are always craving.
Red meat contains saturated fat and cholesterol and this leads to inflammation in the body. Unfortunately too much inflammation in the body decreases collagen production. And lack of collagen results in the common signs of aging including; wrinkles, saggy skin.
Spicy and Salty Food
Yes, we all love a good spicy meal from time to time, however, they can cause bad reactions. They contain acidic lycopenes that can irritate the skin and distort the pH levels triggering breakouts and acne. Salty food on the other hand affects allergic immune reactions.They also cause hypertension, high blood pressure, heart and kidney disease as well as diabetes.
Excess sugar causes dark circles, wrinkles, aging but also, dehydates the skin. And because there’s sugar in almost everything we eat, from natural sugars found in fruits and vegetables to added sugars in processed foods. If we consume excess sugar, it reacts with the protein in our body that creates advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) which damages the skin’s collagen and causes wrinkles and ageing. Sugar also causes heart disease, diabetes, and cancer which is often due to excess weight gain from high fat, calorie and sugar diets.
Excess caffeine depletes the body’s moisture causing dehydration of the skin. And if your skin is dehydrated it becomes dull, aged and wrinkled.
Although everyone is different when it comes to diary products. But too much of it may increase inflammation in the body leading to imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in the body. This causes cell and tissue damage leading to Oxidative stress which also plays a role in the ageing process.
We all know excess alcohol is no good for our body. It’s also been linked to liver damage, ageing and dementia. Alcohol dehydrates the body and accelerates skin ageing causing puffiness, dryness, as well as wrinkles. Furthermore, liver expels toxins naturally through your body, but if there’s liver damage and these toxins remain, then the body can develop a variety of serious problems.
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