You are what you eat. It is no secret that the foods you consume are directly reflected in your outer appearance as well as your well-being in general. Maintaining a good diet is too vague a statement. That is why we curated a list of fourteen foods and drinks that cause premature aging. Staying away from these foods that are packed with chemicals is guaranteed to add more years to one’s lifespan.
First on our list is energy drinks. These alluring beverages contain a very high caffeine percentage. They also appear to have a diuretic effect which can lead to dehydration if you’re not careful. Plus, a high caffeine intake can lead to heart and vessel problems in the long run. In addition to this, energy drinks oftentimes contain dubious chemical composites that are not properly researched, and they can be dangerous once they accumulate in the body. As for dental health, these beverages have been proven to damage teeth. They can cause periodontal issues if not addressed.
However, if you must consume energy drinks, make sure you only drink the bare minimum to avoid all these health issues mentioned earlier. Also, try to stick to known and reputable brands as they tend to be safer and more regulated.
Fast food is called junk food for a reason. It is packed with trans fatty acids which are a type of unsaturated fat that can cause cardiovascular problems such as artery blockage. Fast food is difficult to digest and metabolize.
Thus, it can cause digestive issues such as indigestion. Additionally, since fast food is so slow at metabolizing, it causes the body to store it as fat, adding obesity to the list of risks associated with these foods. Finally, consuming industrially processed junk food is linked to a change in chromosomes associated with premature aging.
Meals with a High Salt Content
Consuming foods that are rich in sodium can have many undesirable side effects. For example, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke are some of the issues that come with eating too much salt.
Moreover, salt can cause dehydration which can be dangerous as it can lead to kidney disease. Salt can lead to low energy which keeps you from looking young and youthful.
Artificial sweeteners are chemicals added to some foods and beverages to make them taste sweet in place of sugar. However, these are not good alternatives and can be just as bad. Aspartame, a toxic chemical, is commonly used in sweeteners. It can cause headaches, dizziness, and weight gain.
Aspartame is also linked to the growth of cancer. Artificial sweeteners can also result in premature aging. The healthiest alternative is stevia, in addition to xylitol, erythritol, and yacon syrup. Natural sugars like maple syrup, molasses, and honey are less toxic and even more beneficial to your health. They should, however, be used with caution.
Excess Coffee Intake
When taken in moderation, coffee has no direct effect on longevity. However, like the case with energy drinks, too much caffeine can cause dehydration which in turn is a factor of premature aging. Prolonged dehydration will do irreversible damage to your skin and its elasticity making you appear much older than you actually are.
Caffeine keeps the skin from holding water causing early aging and dehydration. Thus, the skin appears dry and wrinkly. Finally, it can be hard breaking off the vicious cycle of consuming caffeine as it can be very addictive, but I assure you that the benefits of doing so are worth it in the long run. Your skin will definitely thank you.
Soda Pop/Carbonated Drinks
Soft drinks are another food that must be consumed in moderation. Failure to do so can lead to numerous detrimental reactions. These beverages contain monstrous amounts of sugar or some other type of fructose. The latter of which is known for causing many health issues such as affecting skin health, oral health, and liver health among many others.
As for those who drink soda instead of water, they should know that water is the optimal way to hydrate. The massive sugar intake that comes with carbonated drinks is enough to make you quit them for good.
Over Consumption of Alcohol
Dehydration as we already established is the enemy of the skin, and alcohol is yet another cause for it. Although infrequent consumption of alcohol can be quite good for you, it is easy to become too dependent on it, and this is when it becomes a problem.
Drinking too much alcohol is very harmful to your health. It can cause high blood pressure, liver disease, and indigestion. It can also be linked to premature aging as it wears down various vital organs such as the liver, the heart, and the pancreas. Finally, too much alcohol ages the skin as it causes dryness, wrinkles, and swelling.
As you may have noticed, sugar is a recurring element in this list. This white poison is the cause of most inflammation in the body. In comparison with its many health risks, processed sugar really has no notable benefits. All they do is provide the body with unnecessarily high calories that are easy to store as fat and hard to burn. Moreover, sugar negatively affects the body’s metabolism causing insulin resistance.
New research links excessive sugar consumption to unhealthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Type 2 diabetes is yet another risk that comes from eating too much sugar. When you overwhelm your liver’s capacity to metabolize sugar, which happens relatively easily, that extra fructose will get turned into and stored as liver fat. So, it is alright to have some dessert, but as long as you exercise later to burn that excess sugar.
A low carbohydrate diet can be very effective for weight loss, according to research. Dropping carbs altogether can be even better for your health according to new research. Cutting off carbohydrates results in a balance of insulin which increases your life span as carbs cause an overproduction of insulin which is not beneficial for your body. Increased insulin production prevents the functioning of a gene related to your vitality. Only carbohydrate-load when training.
Excessive consumption of carbohydrates will leave you hungry shortly after you have eaten. If you must have carbs then opt for complex carbohydrates. They are optimal for your health because they are easy to metabolize. They do not negatively affect your aging.