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The Foods And Habits That Are Ageing You


There’s a reason why your skin could be feeling and looking a little off colour if you’ve spent the last few days over indulging, or simply eating and drinking whatever’s to hand. Whilst this temporary over indulgence won’t do any long term damage, a continuously poor diet will catapult your skin, hair and teeth decades into the future.




What follows are the 6 foods and drinks that do just that:


1. Trans fat   

Trans fats wreak internal damage, causing wide spread inflammation. This inflammation is also seen externally by targeting your telomeres - telomeres protect your chromosomes. Every time your chromosomes divide, it’s telomere shortens, leaving the telomere vulnerable to breaking. So what does this mean? If your telomeres are short, you lose your ability to regenerate your organs. Trans fats also make you more vulnerable to UV damage, the number one cause of ageing.


Firstly, avoid fast food at all costs. Do your best to eat real foods. Real foods won’t have a list of ingredients, as they are unprocessed and natural. However, if your foods do have an ingredients label, avoid anything with hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils as they indicate the presence of trans fat. This is more effective than simply checking for the presence of trans fats as manufacturers can print 0g trans fats if the product has a maximum of 0.5g of trans fats present.

Click here for more info on trans fat.


2. Alcohol   

It’s no secret that alcohol has a negative impact on your liver. A healthy liver enables any toxins within your body to be expelled, rendering them harmless. However, a compromised liver means that these toxins will build up, which can have a negative impact on your skin. Problems such as acne, sallowness and wrinkles are commonly reported. Alcohol has also been found to be dehydrating and bad for your sleep. Compromised sleep has been linked to wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and reduced skin elasticity.


We don’t suggest that you should live an alcohol free life, studies have even shown that certain types of alcoholic beverages contain health benefits. But we do reiterate the government recommendation that as a maximum, a limit of 21 units per week for men and 14 units per week for women.

Read the truth about alcohol.


3. Refined sugar  

Our bodies can cope with sugar in small amounts, but with sugar consumption rocketing, our bodies are unable to cope and as a result, our health pays the price. When the body is overloaded with sugar, the excess sugar combines with proteins creating something called ‘advanced glycation end products’, or ‘AGES’. AGES accelerate the process of ageing by compromising cellular energy, ultimately leading to loss of memory, hearing and vision complaints and loss of stamina. It has also been found to damage your skin’s collagen (the protein that keeps skin firm and youthful). Unsurprisingly, sugar also has a negative impact on your teeth, causing decay and discolouration.


As best you can, completely eradicate processed sugar from your lifestyle. If you need to wean yourself off a high sugar diet, stick to unprocessed and unrefined sugar such as agave nectar or honey.

Click here for tips on how to rid sugar from your diet completely.


4. Salty foods   

Salt is found in the majority of processed food – this is to boost taste and prolong shelf life. However, a high amount of sodium encourages the body to retain water. This water retention causes a puffy look – not ideal!


Quite simply, avoid processed food. By eating natural food, you know exactly what is in it – because you added it! Enhance the flavour of foods by using herbs and spices – salt is unnecessary and harmful both externally and internally. 

Check out which herbs and spices you should use to compliment your meals!


5. Anything caffeinated   

It is well known that caffeine is a diuretic – this makes the body excrete fluid, which in turn depletes the body of moisture and hydration. Dehydration not only leaves you feeling fatigued and lethargic – but it also leaves your skin looking dull and aged.


Limit your caffeine intake to 4 cups of tea or coffee each day. Or better yet, swap your caffeine boost with herbal teas – they come in so many delicious flavours. When it comes to energy and soft drinks, the caffeine is just one of the many problems that they pose – these are best steer cleared of altogether.

Click here to find out how much faster your brain will work when it is fully hydrated..

For an array of drinks ideas to ditch the caffeine, click here.


6. Red meat   

Red meat is fattier than white meat – this culminates in the production of free radicals. Free radicals attach themselves to electrons, damaging them. This damage affects your skins ability to heal and reduces the generation of collagen.


Limit your red meat intake to 3-4 times per week. Red meat has many properties that are beneficial for health, so will do you good in moderation – just like everything else! Ensure you also eat leaner meats such as turkey and chicken, plenty of fish and try going meat/fish free for one day a week! Click here for more advice on going meat free and the benefits it’ll bring.

Why you should give up meat for 1 day a week..


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