Do you ever have those moments where you put a plausible solution next to a problem and think, "AH HA! I got it!"? Well, I had one of those moments recently and just had to dig deeper. I had the idea that since sugar is so toxic to the whole body, was it leading to unnecessary aging with our skin? I looked at some articles and found some solid reinforcement that I am gladly sharing with you!
While aging in the skin can be from multiple sources such as the sun/lack of protection, genetics, smoking, overall lifestyle, etc. I just knew that what we eat had to play apart in our aging as well. I mean, why do some people, with the same amount of sun exposure look so different? Does sun/genetics/smoking really play that much difference? Maybe yes, maybe no... It could honestly be luck of the draw for some, but yet, there's still the diet aspect I am wanting to look at.
A study conducted by the Journal of the American College of Nutrition in 2001 found that, "A higher intake of full-fat milk, sweet milk desserts, ice-cream... was associated with a greater degree of photo-aging." which is interesting because milk (aka lactose... aka sugar) is essentially a gallon of delicious sugar for your body to thrive on. The article also concluded that there was evidence that sugar and sugar products can lead to deterioration of healthy skin by premature breakdown of protein in our dermis cells causing wrinkling and photo-aging.
In an interview with Dr. Perricone, he stated that sugar can actually destroy collagen (what makes our skin elastic) which leads to early aging. "Scientists have established that anything that causes a rise in our blood sugar results in inflammation on a cellular level... In addition, when our blood sugar goes up rapidly and continually, the sugar can actually attach to the collagen in our skin, making it stiff and inflexible."
With so many beauty products on the market and advancing technology like creams, injections and laser treatments, why should we look beneath the skin at a cellular level? I believe that true health starts with food. What we feed our bodies has an effect on how we feel, perform, AND how we age. I encourage each and every one of you to give up sugar (and foods that break down like sugar such as dairy, grains, alcohol, etc.) and take comparison photos after a month. It will blow your mind how much healthier your complexion looks.
Healthy on the inside = healthy on the outside. Sugar is toxic, it was never meant to be consumed at the level it is in today's day and age. Cut it out and see the results. Happy weekend, my friends, go out and heal your body.