Not only do external factors such as the sun, pollution and stress age the skin but so can the foods we eat! We always hear about their negative effects of greasy processed
foods and a high sugar diet on the cardiovascular system and other internal organs/processes but not so much on how they can impact skin health. When we eat these foods, Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) form in the body which result in the creation of rigid bonds with proteins, including collagen and elastin in the skin. This is known as Glycation and produces wrinkling, sagging, and thinning of the skin. AGEs also damage blood vessels including capillaries found within the skin which impact circulation, resulting in a dull and dry completion. AGEs also create free radicals (oxidation) in turn, increased aging and inflammation in the body. Foods associated with AGEs include: high glycemic foods that spike your blood sugar, highly processed and fried foods, charred foods (BBQ), and chemical additives such as preservatives and dyes. Fresh and whole foods is always the way to go for healthy skin :) These will work to nourish and feed the skin. Foods rich in antioxidants will help neutralize free radicals and minimize effects from all forms of AGEs. Make sure to add lots of vegetables, fruits and whole grains to your grocery list and think about the method in which you are preparing your food, instead of frying - trying steaming!