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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
to slow down the damaging process of glycation include:
more protein foods. Medical experts state that our diets should be about 35%
sugary drinks. Besides the low nutritional value, sugary drinks leave you
hungry and promote weight gain.
more veggies to your diet. Choose leafy green vegetables, stem foods
(cauliflower and asparagus), fruits and root/seed (radishes and carrots).
good fats. The good fats include coconut, avocado, olive oil, nuts, flax and
chia seeds and fatty fish.
brown, not white. Avoid potatoes, white flour, white sugar and rice and
instead, choose whole grain and brown products, such as brown rice.
your portions. Especially cut down on the high carb foods you’ve been eating
and add more veggies and healthy fats.
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