We are what we eat. This is an undeniable truth. And while it seems that everyone knows what’s good or bad for them, people keep consuming products that affect their looks.
Even if you eat healthy and are satisfied with your weight, your diet may still include some products that provoke microinflammations and skin aging. Here is the list of the most dangerous ones, based on the latest research by American scientists.
- FAT FOOD
The overconsumption of fat food provokes inflammatory processes in the organism. An unbalanced diet may be the reason for skin problems, such as rashes on the body or face. Fats contained in pastries and fast food clog up arteries, which leads to premature skin aging. The skin simply loses its elasticity.
However, fats should not be given up completely. Olive and coconut oil, for example, contain the essential vitamin E. It stabilizes the function of cells, helping the skin to preserve its youth and firmness.
The bread you find in your regular shop is made of rye or wheat flour, but this flour is refined, that is devoid of its original natural value. During the production of flour, fiber (a rich source of vitamins and minerals) is ground into dust.
Refined flour causes the buildup of toxins in the body. Flour, like glue, envelops food and inhibits its digestion. As the result, you don’t get enough nutrients and vitamins, becoming hungry in just a couple of hours after having a meal.
The biggest damage is done by yeast-leavened bread, since yeast provokes the formation of mucus, which destroys collagen fibers. Because of this, the skin loses its firmness and becomes slack.
Historically, salt has been one of the most loved spices. However, consuming too much of it has a negative impact on our organism. Averagely, a healthy individual can consume around 25 g of salt a day. Any excessive amount is accumulated in the organism. Now imagine what happens when this process is going on for years.
Salt causes water retention, disrupting the balance between sodium and potassium, which leads to edema. If you notice those unappealing bags under your eyes, this means you should stop consuming salt right away.
Carbohydrates destroy collagen, which results in wrinkles developing on the face and the facial oval becoming less defined. Additionally, when collagen protein is destroyed, our pores expand, making the surface of our skin lose its smoothness. The skin’s color turns grayish, and the face looks tired all the time.
According to the American Medical Association, the maximum recommended daily amount of sugar intake amounts to 4-6 tea spoons. This applies not only to the pure sugar you add to your tea or coffee, but also to the sugar you ingest with fruits and other products.
- CARBONATED DRINKS
Carbonated drinks are made up of a certain amount of sugar (or sugar substitute) and acid. We’ve already looked at the dangers of sugar above, so let’s move straight to acid. Acid kills healthy bacteria in the intestines and destroys the gut flora. This leads to inflammations, which, first of all, reveal themselves on the face. This is why, if your skin is prone to acne, rosacea or eczema, you should try giving up carbonated drinks altogether.
WHAT PRODUCTS ARE BENEFICIAL FOR BEAUTY AND SKIN YOUTH?
- Dairy. Lactobacteria contained in dairy products normalize the function of the intestines, the main factor behind skin beauty.
- Fish and seafood. The fatty types of fish, such as mackerel, salmon, sardines, herring and tuna, contain omega-3, which means they have anti-inflammatory properties, improve the skin condition and prevent the development of wrinkles.
- Meat.Veal, mutton and poultry are ideal sources of complete protein that has a high absorption rate, improves the general skin condition and participates in regenerative processes.
- The most useful are broccoli and carrot. They are rich in anti-oxidants, including vitamins C and E, and increase collagen production.
- Fruits. Citrus fruits, especially lemons, draw out toxins and prevent oxidative stress.
- And of course, water.It’s not just useful, it cleanses our organism. Try drinking water that is a little bit cooler than room temperature. Add a couple of ice cubes. Such a drink will make your body spend more energy on heating the liquid.