Eating Habits that are accelerating your Aging

You are what you eat, and your ageing process largely depends on your diet as well. Watching what you eat can come in handy in helping stay young, at least for longer if not forever.  That said, there are some foods you really have to stay away from if only you want to slow your ageing down significantly. Keep the carbs, sugar, and meat at bay for as long as you can.

Some carbs: Overeating carbs contributes to wrinkling of the skin because they increase the sugar levels in your body.

Salt: When you cook, try to prepare your meals with little or no salt. This can make you bloated and make you retain liquids.

Caffeine: We are sure some of you will never give up your morning coffee, but you must be careful. This habit can make you look older. It can contribute to dark spots, wrinkles, and discoloration of the skin and it can also dehydrate your skin.

Sugar: There are some sugar substitutes healthier than regular sugar itself. Too much sugar can contribute to belly fat, which is not desirable. Beware of desserts! It is better to only have 5 packages of sugar substitutes a day.

Cold Cuts: These meats contain preservatives like sulfate, which will keep them eatable for longer but can also deteriorate your skin.

Junk Food: Fries, burgers, wings, and all those fatty foods from fast food chains are harmful to your body due to their high levels of trans fat. Your skin can look both fat and greasy as a result.

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Drinks are an essential aspect of your health. But there are well a number of drinks that you should not befriend that much if at all you really want to stay young. Alcohol, coffee and energy drinks should be reduced from your preference list for your body’s good.


Alcohol is another major contributor to the aging process. Become aware of alcohol bombs that are actually dessert, particularly during the holidays, when eggnog and other creamy drinks are primary culprits. Your best bet, if you drink, is either a dry wine or tequila, says Virgin. Combat dehydration from alcohol by flushing the system with purified water, green and herbal teas, and probiotic-rich drinks like kombucha, says Mary Purdy, MS, RDN. Not only does “flushing” with fluids hydrate skin cells, but it ensures that the liver has to work less to detoxify and gives your gut the support it needs to better absorb nutrients that contribute to healthy skin.


Caffeine really becomes a problem when you use it as a crutch for poor sleep or stress. Become aware of how you metabolize caffeine, and if you’re a slow metabolizer, keep it to morning hours. Coffee raises your stress hormone cortisol, so excessive amounts could keep those levels jacked up when they should be tapering, says Virgin.

Energy Drinks

Energy drinks can really do a number on your smile. These drinks can damage the enamel in your teeth eight times more than soda does, says Ficek. This erosion makes your teeth look yellow, unhealthy, and old.

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Time has to tick away, whether you like it or not. Old age will come eventually, and there is definitely nothing you can do about it. But that does not mean you sit back and watch your body collapse to wrinkles and age away. There are so many types of foods you can take to slow down the time, even though you may not be able to turn it back.


Pick a berry, any berry. The antioxidants they contain are crucial for keeping you young.

Cruciferous vegetables

Cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower help the liver break down and excrete toxins.


This leafy green veggie is full of vitamin K, potassium and lutein that help maintain healthy bones and vision, and keep blood pressure in check.

Black beans

Keep your pantry stocked with black beans – their slow-digesting plant protein, fibre and high antioxidants will help slow the aging process.

Green tea

This beverage can be enjoyed hot or cold. Either way, it’s full of flavonoids that may protect against heart disease and certain cancers.

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