Not just the donuts, but any refined sugar or simple carbohydrate is contributing to wrinkles and other signs of aging. What we think of as “aging” is actually a complex process between our genetics, our biology and the environment, including the food we eat. So if you have been in search of the legendary “Fountain of Youth”, read on.
You know how some people seem to retain a glow of youth longer than others? It very well may be that their diet is higher in healthy fats, low-glycemic foods, adequate protein, and pure water as opposed to the soda, pastries, dairy and fast food laden diet now typically known as the “American Diet” or “Western Diet”. If Ponce de Leon had been searching for the Fountain of Youth today he would not be looking in the Americas.
Sugar and Carbs Cause Wrinkles, Lines and Sagging Skin
High-glycemic carbohydrates such as breads, starches, potatoes, baked goods, pastas, desserts, soda, candies, etc. are quickly digested and converted to glucose. The excess sugar molecules in your bloodstream attach themselves to collagen fibers creating a sugar/protein bonding called glycation. This causes cells to lose their strength and flexibility so the skin becomes less elastic and more vulnerable to sun damage, lines, and sagging.
The process of glycation leads to AGEs, Advanced Glycosylation End products.1
- Sugar and simple carbs cause inflammation
- Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin
- Inflammation binds to collagen making the skin less elastic
- The skin becomes more vulnerable to sun damage, lines, sagging and disease
This degenerative process in not limited to skin, it’s involved in all age related diseases. Hardening of the arteries, atherosclerosis, the formation of cataracts, neurological impairment, diabetic complications, and even Alzheimer’s disease and cancer are all impacted by glycation.
As well as increasing the effects of aging, glycation can make skin conditions like acne and rosacea worse.2 A diet high in simple carbs can lead to insulin resistance, which can create symptoms like excess hair growth and dark patches of skin on the neck and in body creases.
Sugar Suppresses White Blood Cell Activity
White blood cells are involved in protecting the body against infectious disease and foreign invaders, in other words, they are your immune system. A diet high in sugar causes serious increase in inflammatory chemicals at a cellular level. Sugar’s suppression of white blood cells can cause you to be more susceptible to colds, flu, other infectious diseases and even cancer.
Why do we love the things that are killing us? It’s not your fault, we’ve all been led astray by false information. Loving sweet food is as natural as the fruit that grows on trees. We simply need to redirect our sweet tooth back to what nature has provided; whole fruit and berries.
The Real Fountain of Youth is Real Food
These degenerative processes can be reversed if you’re still young, or improved if your years are already advanced or you are suffering from disease. Eating a nutrient rich diet, choosing low-glycemic carbs, getting adequate Omega 3 fats and protein, and staying hydrated is your fountain of youth. If you can do this 90% of the time, then an occasional splurge at the ice cream parlor probably won’t hurt.
Your body needs to be functioning at optimal levels most of the time to be able to process the occasional indulgence. The sugar will still cause inflammation and white blood cell suppression, but your body can recover more quickly when it’s not chronically under the stress of dealing with high blood sugar. SUGARDOWN® can help reduce the impact of the undesirable carbs you eat, and help to reduce your cravings.
If you have type 2 diabetes, are overweight or have other degenerative diseases the most important health choice you can make is to eliminate highly processed and high glycemic foods. SUGARDOWN® is here to help you do that.
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