The foods you choose may hasten the aging process, or rejuvenate you and help you feel young. Each mouthful can nourish or harm you. You have a choice. Read on to learn about five foods that contribute most to premature aging.
Ok, what you’re about to read may sound harsh, but it’s true nonetheless. One way to see the negative effects of sugar on the body is to go to your high school reunion. That’s right… try it, and while you’re there inquire around and find out who is on a diet that is sugar-centric and who is including sugar regularly in their diet. Then take photos of the people in the two different categories.
Examine those photos when you get home. You’ll quickly find that those who consume a lot of sugar regularly appear to have aged more rapidly.
Sugar is the ultimate oxidant in the body. The sugar compound has many oxygen molecules and each of them can be oxidized, which leads to aging.
Sugar doesn’t only age your skin but your internal organs as well. It creates free radicals that attack every organ. It also causes excessive amounts of insulin to be released from the pancreas, which can wear out the pancreas over time. This leads to insulin resistance and diabetes. And diabetes brings its own set of health issues that can contribute to aging!
One of the best anti-aging strategies you can initiate is to eliminate any added sugar in all its forms (to the best of your ability), from your diet.
We’ve been taught that vegetable oils are necessary for cooking. The marketing campaign for this started in the late 1960s/70s by demonizing butter to create an opportunity in the marketplace for the sale of margarine, corn oil, soy oil, and eventually other vegetable oils. Corn oil, soy oil, safflower oil, and vegetable oil blends are high in omega 6 fats, which increase inflammation in the body. And when chronic, inflammation can negatively affect your life in many ways.
These vegetable oils also are high in polyunsaturated fats, which are easily oxidized. And oxidation in the body quickly turns into aging cells. You need extra amounts of antioxidants just to counter the negative effects of the polyunsaturated fats in the diet.
Replace these oils with olive oil and coconut oil. Don’t fall into the trap of using avocado oil for cooking, because this type of oil is also high in polyunsaturated fats.
Fried foods are oxidized fats that quickly ‘eat up’ those precious antioxidants that help you keep that youthful glow.
Oxidized fats are also the cause of hardening of the arteries. When scientists looked at the plaque in the arteries underneath high-powered microscopes, they found oxidized fat. And hardening of the arteries is a good way to accelerate your aging process.
Fried foods also often include breaded foods; many breaded with wheat flour, a typical GMO food that also causes aging. So if you’re going to fry foods at home, do the frying with coconut/olive oil and use non-GMO flours.
Wheat is supposed to be the staff of life, but that was only until it became genetically-modified. Wheat has been hybridized so many times in the past 20 years, that its genetic structure no longer resembles what it was originally. It’s been thought the GMO foods could destroy the immune system over time and create havoc with the GI system as well.
When you eat wheat, it also causes higher blood sugar levels in your body within an hour of eating. This can set you up for diabetes, as the pancreas will have to produce high amounts of insulin to counter the high levels of blood sugar. And needless to say... diabetes ages you rapidly.
Hot dogs are one of the most processed foods on the planet. A hot dog may look appealing, but it is a far step down from real beef. The process of making a hot dog involves the addition of all types of chemicals and preservatives along with extremely high temperatures.
Once the high temperatures are used, compounds form inside the hot dog called Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs). These are molecular terrorists that patrol your body and attempt to damage organs, tissues, and cells along the way. An accumulation of AGEs in the body can also leads to the progression of degenerative diseases. So, pass on the hot dog, and opt for a grass fed burger instead.
Try removing these five foods from your diet once and for all. Give it a try, and take before and after photos, even if you’re not going to your class reunion! You’ll see the difference.