Our nutrition has more impact on our health that we realize.
Besides increasing our risk for chronic disease when we make bad nutritional choices, our choices can also have a negative impact on our skin!
So, let's cut right to the chase. What should we be doing and what should we be avoiding?
Fried Foods- When cooking oils are heated to a high temperature, they release free radicals which can cause damage in the body, as well as speed up the aging process. So, you're trying to minimize those wrinkles, step away from from the fried food and start baking your fries!
Highly Processed Meats (deli meats)- Highly processed meats, especially deli meats often contain high levels of sodium, fillers, and sulfites which can dry out the skin. But, let's not ditch out meat, its a great source of protein and collagen which can aid in developing healthy skin!
Margarine- Back in the 80s and 90s, we were all scared of fat. Which brought the advent of margarine. The lower fat, butter alternative came to market. However, it can be loaded with trans fat, the artery clogging fat that can also increase UV exposure causing damage to your skin! Use real butter!
Excess Sweets- I am not talking the occasional dessert or chocolates you have. I am talking extra sugar all the time. Excess sugar can also accelerate the aging process and damage the collagen in the skin as well. Swap your nightly gigantic bowl of ice cream with a bowl of frozen berries every once in a while!
I am not saying that we need to cut out all of these things completely in our lives, but we do need to be more conscious of what we eat and how it's prepared.
All foods can fit but remember moderation.
What do you think? Are these things part of your regular diet? Let me know in the comments!