Prevent the Development of Wrinkles

Prevent the Development of
Wrinkles

by Slowing Glycation

Glycation is the term used by scientists to explain the process of wrinkling. Scientifically explained, it’s the cross linking of protein molecules with sugar molecules to form new sugar proteins called AGEs (Advanced Glycation End products). 

 

Skin professionals are familiar with the term because the glycation process can affect the skin by making it wrinkle and age. As you age, the body produces more AGEs according to the amount of sugar (processed or natural) you consume. 

AGEs
affect the collagen (elasticity) of the delicate cells of the skin and causes
stiffness, loss of elasticity and ultimate wrinkling of the skin. Although you
can’t completely stop the glycation process, you can take steps to minimize its
effects.

 

You can
slow the glycation process and prevent wrinkles from destroying your youthful
appearance and vitality. It’s obvious that eating fewer sugars and
carbohydrates can help slow the process of glycation – but you should know that
the most harmful sugar is contained in fructose.

 

Fructose
has the most devastating effect to your skin and the glycation process because
of the method your liver uses to process it. Most cells found in your body can
transform glucose into energy, but the only way that fructose can be broken
down is through the liver.

 

The end
result is an increased production of free radicals – the energy compounds which
can heavily damage DNA and cells. Free radical culprits can damage the liver,
heart and arteries – and your skin.

 

Sugars
are definitely detrimental to the aging process, but another enemy of your skin
and the glycation process are carbohydrates. The carbs you likely consume on a
daily basis are full of sugar and starch.

 

Foods
containing flour, grains, sugar and vegetables containing starch such as corn
and potatoes are high in carbohydrates as are most processed foods. Proteins
such as nuts, meat, eggs, lemons, strawberries and a variety of vegetables
(especially leafy greens) are considered to be low-carb foods and much easier
for your system to digest.

 

Some tips
to slow down the damaging process of glycation include:

 

1.   
Eat
more protein foods. Medical experts state that our diets should be about 35%
protein.

 

2.   
Avoid
sugary drinks. Besides the low nutritional value, sugary drinks leave you
hungry and promote weight gain.

 

3.   
Add
more veggies to your diet. Choose leafy green vegetables, stem foods
(cauliflower and asparagus), fruits and root/seed (radishes and carrots).

 

4.   
Eat
good fats. The good fats include coconut, avocado, olive oil, nuts, flax and
chia seeds and fatty fish.

 

5.   
Choose
brown, not white. Avoid potatoes, white flour, white sugar and rice and
instead, choose whole grain and brown products, such as brown rice.

 

6.   
Cut
your portions. Especially cut down on the high carb foods you’ve been eating
and add more veggies and healthy fats.

 

Slowing
the glycation process will also have many good effects on your health. You’ll
likely lose unwanted pounds and feel and look better from the healthy choices
you make.

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Rod Stone
Author,
Publisher and Supplier of Healthy Living information and products to improve
your life.