Most people subscribe to the school of thought that you are what you eat. This means, putting high-calorie, high-fat, low-nutrient foods into your body will yield an overweight, low energy, and poorly performing body. And at the opposite end of the spectrum, eating nutrient-dense, energy-rich foods will create healthier bodies, skin and attitudes. Included here are a few ways you could be prematurely aging yourself with poor diet habits.
Too Much Sugar
At this point, most people have become aware that sugar is bad for your health; with some scientists calling it the culprit behind America’s obesity problem. Weight aside, overdoing it with sugar could cause some real damage to your skin. The breakdown of sugars in your system could cause a breakdown of collagen in your skin, destroying the smooth, supple nature of your face and creating wrinkled, sagging and dull looking skin.
Too Much Coffee
Going hand in hand with sugar, comes America’s favorite caffeinator, coffee. The average American coffee consumer drinks a little over two cups per day, but that number increases with age. By consuming coffee, you are dehydrating your body, making your skin appear dull and dry and making it more susceptible to wrinkling.
Consider swapping out your daily cup, or cups, of joe for a mug or two of tea. Studies have shown that antioxidants and protective compounds, like EGCG and theaflavin, can actually help you lose weight and protect your skin. Both green and black tea are high in these compounds and can give you the same caffeine boost you seek in coffee.
Too Many Hormones
Modern meat production has taken a hard turn away from past ranching practices. Today’s cattle are fed unhealthy mixtures of corn and grains as well as injected with hormones that promote faster growth. The growth hormones in your meat may be giving you acne and causing scars on your face. Consider switching to organic meat and go meatless more days out of the week, your face and waist will thank you.
Too Much Acid
If your diet has become unbalanced, your body may be overly acidic and could begin to leach vital nutrients from your system. This can result in alkaline minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, and potassium, being pulled from your system. By eating alkaline-forming foods, such as kale, parsley, almonds, lemons, pears or apples, you can put more alkaline in your system and allow your hair, bones and teeth to benefit from those vital nutrients.
Too Little Fat
Yes, you read that right, it says “too little fat.” Many Americans have been trained that fatty foods are the main culprit behind their weight problem, and in some respects they are, but this is because Americans consume the wrong fats. Naturally occurring fats in the diet can actually be good for your skin, hair, and nails.
The best sources of natural fat come from a variety of foods; such as fish, nuts, seeds, avocados, cheese, eggs, dark chocolate, grass-fed butter, yogurt and some oils like olive or coconut. These fats should be consumed moderately, as part of a healthy diet, to keep your hair shining, your skin supple and your nails strong.