10 Foods That Are Making You Old Before Your Time

Getting older is something everyone who lives long enough has to face. However, there’s a world of difference between growing old gracefully and aging ahead of your time. If you’re noticing more wrinkles and gray hairs in the mirror than you’re comfortable with, it may be time to take a good long look at your diet. Here are 10 foods that are guaranteed to make you look older:

  1. An older woman in a wheelchair.Sugar- Sugar attaches itself to collagen in the body, which makes your skin look stiff. Losing this elastic resilience means wrinkles move in that much faster.
  2. Trans fats- These bad boys mess with your skin in the same way as sugar, plus they stiffen arteries and shrink blood vessels. Avoid at all costs.
  3. Salt- Salt dehydrates the body and you know what you need moisture for? That’s right—to plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  4. Too much coffee- A few cups are fine, but excess amounts can lead to dehydration and the same consequences as too much salt.
  5. Aspartame- Not only is this artificial sweetener associated with joint pain and headaches, it can also make you crave sugar.
  6. Alcohol- Too much hooch dehydrates the body, causes puffiness and redness and can reduce collagen. None of which equals up to a good look.
  7. Energy drinks- The ingredients inside your favorite energy drink can damage your tooth enamel more than soft drinks can, leading to yellow teeth.
  8. Excess carbohydrates- You need to eat healthy carbs in your diet, but too many can damage collagen and skin fibers.
  9. Fried foods- Another collagen inhibitor, fried foods leave the skin looking tired, wrinkled and worn out.
  10. Soft drinks- Filled with sugar, caffeine and additives, experts are suggesting that there’s no place for sodas in a healthy lifestyle. Certainly it won’t make you look better.

If you’d like to learn more about the effect of good nutrition on your overall wellness, talk to your chiropractor. He or she can explain how good dietary choices lead to a healthy body.


Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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