Aging is the part and parcel of life. We, mortals, have to age to maintain balance across our world. While we cannot stop aging, we can take steps to decelerate our aging. No, we aren’t going to share an immortal drink, but few lifestyle changes that one can make to lead a healthier, longer life.
Have you ever wondered, why our ancestors lived way longer than most of us will? They ate healthy food, worked till the sun sets, and toiled tirelessly. Our lifestyle has modernized and fast food is taking over our lives exponentially.
With the world fighting the pandemic, taking care of our health is of the utmost priority now, more than ever. Wear your protective equipment and stay safe. We have curated the top 10 food items that fasten the process of aging. Read on and find more about these ‘superfoods’ that are slowly eating away your body.
1. Fried fast foods
Fried fast foods like French fries, potato chips, hot dogs to name a few, contain the two most culprits of aging, salt, and oil. When food is fried in oil at extremely high temperatures it releases free radicals which in turn cause cellular damage. Continuous exposure to these radicals accelerates aging and affects the cross-linking in our DNA. This cross-linking also weakens our skin’s elasticity making our skin more prone to wrinkles.
Fried fast foods also contain trans fatty acids which stimulate interleukin 6 in our body. Interleukin is associated with aging. It impairs the cell’s respiration and reduces the functionality of our immune system within our body.
2. Excess amount of alcohol
Drinking alcohol in moderation can cause no harm to your body, but when you consume a copious amount of alcohol it leads to skin problems like redness, puffiness, wrinkles, and loss of collagen. Alcohol robs your body of nutrients, hydration, and Vitamin A which are linked with wrinkles. Vitamin A is essential for cell growth, production of collagen, and ensuring your skin is elastic and wrinkle-free.
Our liver’s functioning is also affected by consuming alcohol. If our liver is not functioning well, the toxins start accumulating and cause skin problems like acne, wrinkles, and hollowness. Alcohol is also bad for your sleep.
In case you want to drink alcohol avoid consumption of fluids with added sugars, instead go for drinks like wine, champagne, and vodka soda with lime.
3. Aerated Beverages
Aerated beverages like soda, Thumbs up have caffeine in them which directly affects our skin. If you consume these drinks a day and night your skin might be affected adversely and also disturb your sleep cycle. Inadequate sleep leads to wrinkles, aging, uneven pigmentation, and makes your skin elastic. Soda is extremely erosive to your teeth.
4. Consuming caffeine
Consuming caffeine on a regular basis can affect your skin more than your health. Caffeine dehydrates your skin as well as corrodes your teeth. Intake of coffee can make your body excrete more fluid and degrade your body of moisture. Any beverage that can be dehydrating can lead to dehydration.
Dehydration can make your skin look dull and aged. Caffeine creates microscopic pores on the surface of your teeth i.e. the enamel. Slowly this causes erosion of our teeth. To slosh away from the caffeine, drink a glass of water which will wash away the acids present in the body.
5. Processed Meats
Processed meats like hot dogs, burgers, packed items like meatballs, etc are rich in sodium, saturated fats, sulfites, and nitrates which dehydrates the skin and weakens the collaged. These foods can also trigger inflammation in our body and make our skin look dull, puffy. Processed meats also contain high levels of sugar.
Instead of processed meats go for leaner meats that contain tenderloin. Leaner meats like turkey, chicken contain protein and amino acids which help in the formation of collagen in our body.
6. White Sugar
White sugar causes skin problems like acne and leads to the formation of collagen damaging AGEs. AGEs are advanced glycation and products which are one of the major culprits of skin aging. Higher sugar levels speed up the AGEs process. This process also speeds up in the presence of sunlight.
Instead of white sugar, opt for honey or fruit which has natural sugar which is good for your body. So, the next time you crave something sweet, eat fruits with honey or even dark chocolate.
7. Energy Drinks
Do you tend to grab a bottle of energy drink whenever you feel low on energy? Energy drinks might provide you instant energy but these are rich in sugar and acids which damage your teeth and make them vulnerable to stains. These drinks are also high in caffeine and sodium which are one of the main causes of dehydration. Dehydration is one of the main causes of wrinkles and older looking skin. While the energy drinks will give you wings, they are slowly sucking the life out of your body.
8. Canned Soups
Do you often find yourself reaching out for some canned soups for dinner? While these soups save a lot of time and hassle, they are rich in water-sucking nutrient sodium. You might notice wrinkles on your face much faster than you age. As mentioned numerous times in this article, dehydration can lead to your skin feeling low, dull, and uneven.
9. High Salt Food
Salt has sodium in it, which is known for its water sucking properties. These high-sodium rich foods retain water and make you feel bloated. Water retention can make you look puffy and tired. Excess consumption of salt draws out water from our skin and makes it look dehydrated.
10. Baked Goodies
Craving for something sweet? How about a slice of your favorite brownie with a dollop of ice-cream? Sounds delicious right? As tempting as that sounds, these baked goodies have added sugars and trans fat which lead to weight gain and poor dental health. The sugar in these baked goodies promotes an unhealthy microbiome and pro-inflammatory health which accelerates aging. To satisfy your sweet tooth, opt for healthier options such as fruits laced with peanut butter or honey. If you cannot resist the smell of fresh-baked cake or cheesecake, try to consume it in moderation instead.