Let’s find out how sugar is aging us so that we can make an informed decision in what way we will keep sugar in our lives.
Speaking for myself, I’m not giving it up. I put my foot down. But, I will work with my options because I also want to age well. As always, it’s a balancing act!
What is it about sugar that causes us to age quicker?
The answer is Glycation. This is the natural process where glucose binds with proteins. Sugar in our bloodstream attaches to proteins to form harmful molecules called Advanced Glycation End-products (AGE’s). It is believed that the more sugar we ingest the more AGE’s will develop in our system.
AGE’s are like free-radicals in a sense that both damage cells and cause premature aging.
The skin proteins that are most susceptible to Glycation are collagen and elastin. When collagen is bonded with excess glucose, the normally resilient fibers in our body become stiffer, less pliable, and damaged.
“This damage leads to an increase in fine lines and wrinkles and imparts a sallow tint to skin,” says Doris J. Day, M.D., clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center
According to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, the aging effects start at about the age of 35 and increases rapidly after that.
A high-sugar diet already takes a toll on our general health. Diabetes sufferers can attest to the ravaging effects of an elevated blood sugar. AGE’s can be a factor in the development or worsening of many degenerative diseases like atherosclerosis and chronic renal failure. Now, it seems excess sugar is also affecting our skin and appearance.
More bad news, unlike free-radicals that can be combated with antioxidants, once AGE’s have been developed in the body, there is no reversing it. The best defense is prevention.
The best defense is prevention.
Glycation is inevitable because so much of what we eat has sugar, but we can slow down the process by limiting how much sugar we consume. We can also choose better quality sugars that are less refined and not as bad for us.
How To Deal
First and foremost let’s agree that our ageless lifestyle trumps a high-sugar lifestyle.
We want to live a long and healthy life. We want to look our best doing it and so we will choose to follow our ageless lifestyle protocol of 80/20.
Choose to eat well 80% of the time and indulge in certain foods 20% of the time.
When indulging, practice being a connoisseur of delectable calories.
Choose sweets and treats that are exceptional. For example don’t waste your indulgence on a Twinky, but instead choose to delight yourself with a freshly made Tiramisu.
Select high quality chocolates because there are less additives and of course, the darker the better. Dark chocolate has antioxidants that help fight free-radicals and signs of aging.
Pick desserts made with organic raw coconut sugar, stevia, real honey, and maple sugar. A second tier choice would be turbinado brown sugar which is less refined than table sugar.
Stay away from processed foods.
Processed foods increase AGE’s, inflammation, weight gain, worsen mood swings, and contribute to obesity and other health issues.
If you’re going to be bad, be devilishly bad. Enjoy the full-fat, made from the best ingredients—and even better—freshly made for you by someone else so you don’t have to do any dishes!
Finally, make sure you’re doing all the ageless beauty maintenance that I teach on this blog 😉
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