We are indeed what we eat, and we know by now that diet and exercise play a huge part in keeping our bodies younger and healthier, but what about our skin? Read on to discover foods that can make us look a little older, and ways to substitute them for other more healthy options.
Watch that salty intake! Too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure, which can weaken the skin by affecting collagen production. This can cause wrinkles, especially in thin-skinned areas, like around your eyes, as well as puffiness. Substitute herbs instead of salt for a skin-friendlier and tasty way to keep your outside layers more youthful.
Oh sugar! Sugar affects your skin in many different ways, one of these being inflammation. When your blood sugar levels spike, your body becomes inflamed, and this inflammation affects all the organs, affecting your skin tone and texture. Opt for smaller amounts of fruit instead, which will satisfy that sweet tooth, but avoid the overload that ages and damages skin.
Coffee not only stains your teeth, darkening the shiny pearly whites of your younger years, but it also dehydrates your body, causing skin to dry out and look less youthfully plump. Wrinkles, especially around the eyes become more prominent when we are dehydrated – immediately aging the body. If you are in dire need of that caffeine boost, try green tea instead. It’s an excellent antioxidant and aids in weight loss, double whammy!
Down with the booze! Many studies suggest that a glass of red wine a day is good for you, and we wouldn’t want you to miss out on any delicious beverages, but keep in mind that alcohol severely dehydrates. It will leave you puffy and bloated and may also have the unfortunate consequence of leaving you reaching for those salty bar snacks such as peanuts, processed meats and pretzels, which as we already know, are extremely bad for your skin! Counteract alcohol’s drying effects by drinking an extra glass of water for each alcoholic beverage.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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