If the promise of a trimmer tummy and a reduced risk of disease hasn’t curbed your appetite for sugar, maybe the desire to stave off wrinkles will.
Eating sugar – in any form – boosts blood sugar levels and triggers damaging inflammation at the cellular level.
Reduce Wrinkles by 50% – Reduce Sugar!
In fact, Dr. Nicholas Perricone, M.D. and author of The Perricone Prescription, believes that about 50% of skin aging is due to the glycation process – when sugar attaches or cross-links to collagen cells in response to a spike in blood sugar.
Besides damaging collagen, sugar also affects what type of collagen you have. The most abundant collagens in the skin are type I, II and III. And of these, type III is the most stable and long lasting. But glycation transforms type III collagen into the more-fragile type I, leaving you with skin that’s less supple and more wrinkle-prone.
Six Diet Tips to Fight Wrinkles
To keep wrinkles at bay (and reduce your risk of chronic diseases, to boot) here’s what you can do:
- Stick to a Low Glycemic Diet: It’s easy here at Healing Gourmet – all of our recipes and menus are low glycemic to help disease and wrinkle-proof your life.
- Sweeten Safely: Use organic erythritol and stevia to satisfy your sweet tooth.
- Indulge Wisely: When the craving strikes, satisfy with a dessert that contains no more than 8 grams of sugar. You can find lots of delicious sweet recipes here on our site, or try Wellness Bakeries for low-glycemic, low-sugar, gluten-free baking mixes you bake right at home.
- Boost Your Antioxidants: Help fight free radical damage with an antioxidant arsenal – vitamins A, C and E plus carotenoids like astaxanthin, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein and others found in fresh, whole foods.
- Get Your Bs’ for Beautiful Skin: Vitamin B1 and vitamin B6 have recently been found to act as potent inhibitors of advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs). Aim for 1 mg per day of each.
- Plump Up with Protein: Collagen is a “beauty protein”. Feed your face the amino acids it needs with high quality organic protein – like omega-3 eggs, wild salmon, grass-fed beef and rBGH-free whey protein.