From alcohol to sugar, here are 7 foods that can make you older faster

Are you experiencing early signs of skin ageing? Here are some foods you must eliminate from your diet to keep premature ageing in check.

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Avoid these foods, because you will end up ageing faster. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Aayushi Gupta Published on: 25 May 2021, 13:32 pm IST
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You may love eating spicy and heavily salted foods, but what if we tell you these foods are causing you to look older way before time? Our skin needs some healthy nutrients, including vitamins and minerals to stay young and glowing. And all these nutrients can be supplied to your body by way of a healthy diet.

But with that, it is equally important to know about the foods that you must avoid at all costs. Yes, we are revealing the eight culprits that can accelerate the skin ageing process. Ready to find out?

1. Alcohol

While occasional drinking might not hurt your skin, regular consumption of sugary drinks can cause free radicals. Not many know that alcohol builds up toxins that can cause wrinkled skin, redness, loss of collagen, and a dry complexion – and that’s only the beginning. It also depletes nutrients and minerals including magnesium and zinc, as well as essential fatty acids. These are all needed to slow down the onset of ageing.

2. Caffeine

Most of us love a cup of coffee, but daily consumption can have a huge impact on the way you look; yes, it can cause early ageing. Caffeine is a diuretic; it can make you excrete fluid which can cause dehydration and deplete your body of moisture. Further, it can affect your sleep cycle. Both situations cause your skin to look dull and aged.

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Dosage matters when it comes to your daily cups of coffee. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
3. Deep-fried foods

Fried or deep-fried foods release free radicals, when fried in oil. They can reduce the fluidity of your cells and cause inflammation, i.e. ageing. The other flipside of fried food is weight gain, since they’re high in calories.

4. Sugar

Sugar can make your skin look saggy, which is why it should be the number one food to avoid, especially if you’re looking to slow down the ageing process. It has a detrimental impact on the collagen and elastin of your skin, which is why your skin looks wrinkled.

5. Salty foods

Consuming salty foods (pizza, cheese, french fries, cereals, etc) may speed up the ageing process. That’s because they can draw water out from the skin, leading to dehydration. This makes your skin look puffy, causing wrinkling and other signs of ageing.

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Moderate your salt consumption. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
6. Processed meat

Hot dogs, pepperoni, bacon and sausages are all examples of processed meats that can damage your skin, thereby triggering inflammation. Moreover, it can weaken collagen and dehydrate the skin, plus reduce vitamin C in the body.

Also read: Are you experiencing hair ageing? Here’s what you can do to prevent greying and thinning hair

7. Spicy foods

Spicy foods can be considered one of the biggest causes of premature ageing. They make your blood vessels swell and even break out, leading to purple marks on your face. The heat from the spice can trigger a flare-up and raise your body temperature.

8. White bread

Foods with a high glycemic index like white bread can cause severe inflammation in the body, which is directly linked with the ageing process. Try whole-grain bread instead.

So ladies, avoid these foods to slow down the ageing process. 

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