Good nutrition is fundamental for a healthy, good-looking skin. Even if you are trying to follow the rules and embrace a healthy lifestyle, you could be making mistakes that age you. You don’t feel it right now, as these aging effects start at about age 35 and increase rapidly after that, but if you’re willing to look younger at old age, you should start now and avoid the following 5 nutrition mistakes that age you.
1. You Overindulge In Sweets
Desserts are always tempting and even when you are on a diet, trying to lose weight, eating a piece of cake or a biscuit from time to time is recommended. However, when you overindulge in sweets, your health and looks may suffer. Too much sugar in your body leads to premature aging of the skin because the breakdown of sugars, called glycation, damages the collagen and thus, the skin is less smooth and firm. Sugar-packed doughnuts, for example, actually damage the elastin that keeps skin firm and youthful. In order to maintain a beautiful skin for when you will be in your 40s, you should limit the loss of collagen by sweetening up your coffee, tea or homemade sweets with stevia or other easily digested herbal sweeteners.
2. You are Not Eating Alkaline-Rich Foods
Alkaline-rich foods are those rich in minerals such as magnesium, calcium and potassium that are responsible for healthy and strong hair, teeth and bones. If you choose to eat more apples, lemons, almonds, pears and parsley and even add them to your daily meals, you will definitely notice a big improvement in your skin and hair.
3. You Choose Coffee Instead of Tea
According to researchers, you should do exactly the opposite and choose tea over coffee, because green and black tea contains protective compounds (for instance EGCG and flavins) that prevent skin cancers and wrinkles.
4. Your Diet Is Too Drastic
Who would have thought that a losing weight diet could add years to your face? The general trend in people trying to get rid of their muffin top is to cut fat, carbs and calories. Though you may shed a few pounds, you are actually aging due to this drastic cut. That’s because you create an imbalance within your body, your nails, hair and skin are deprived of certain nutrients such as youth-boosting vitamins A, C, and E. To prevent premature aging, your body needs fats (otherwise, you will experience dry skin, hair loss, and brittle nails) and calories that promote healthy cell division and cell regeneration.
5. Your Food Isn’t Organic
Organic foods are expensive, but when you think about it, no price is too high for your health and beauty. For instance, if you have acne, this may be because you are not eating organic foods. The hormones used in traditionally produced dairy, poultry, and meat have been found guilty of causing acne burst to adults and premature aging of the skin.