Sugar – Not so sweet after all!

What do your cereals, canned juices, jams, ketchup, sodas, and ice creams all have in common? If you guessed sugar, you’re right!

According to the American Heart Association, the ideal amount of sugar consumption is 9 teaspoons for men and 6 for women. The actual consumption of sugar in India is 27.2 million metric tonnes.

Let’s have a look at the effect our sugar intake has on the skin:

Inflammation

High glycemic foods such as refined bread, sugar, and soda – quickly convert to sugar and eating these foods causes your insulin levels to drastically increase, leading to a “burst of inflammation.

Wrinkles

The inflammation produces enzymes that break down the collagen – leading to sagging skin and wrinkles.

Oily Skin

Moreover, it is a dehydrating substance so it increases oil production. It also influences the skin’s oxygenated and glowing nature. Increased oil production leads to more breakouts, swelling, and acne.

Pigmentation

The more the sugar consumption, the more likely it is that you will develop insulin resistance, resulting in excessive hair growth and dark patches or pigmentation on the neck and other parts of the body.

The effects of reducing your sugar intake can be seen as soon as after 48-72 hours. Are there any more effects that we should know about? Let us know in the comments section below.

Foods to eat to look young

“Aging is not an option, not for anyone. It is how gracefully we handle the process and how lucky we are, as the process handles us.”

– Cindy McDonald

We believe that you can fight aging from within by eating the right kinds of nutrients and foods. We have compiled a list of 5 nutrients you should include in your daily diet.

Vitamin C

Foods with vitamin C like oranges, capsicum, broccoli, pomegranates, and tomatoes, help produce collagen, which in turn makes your skin soft and supple. Oranges especially contain 87% water, which hydrates your skin.

Omega Fatty Acids

Omega fatty acids – be it -3, -6, or -9 also keeps the skin free from wrinkles. Some important sources include walnuts, salmon, flaxseeds, avocado, coconut oil, chia seeds (tulsi seeds), and berries.

Amino Acids

Amino acids are found in protein sources and help repair the collagen and elasticity in the skin. Some sources of amino acids include eggs, meat, lentils, pulses, nuts, and seeds.

Antioxidants

The more antioxidants, the better for your skin! Vegetables like spinach, kale, and other green, leafy vegetables contain beta-carotene and lutein, which improve skin elasticity. Additionally, blueberries provide your skin with extra protection from emotional stress and harmful sun exposure.

Fermented Foods

Probiotics that are present in fermented foods put the good bacteria into the gut, which makes the skin healthier. Some fermented foods include yogurt, kimchi, kefir, dosa, and idli.