Does Your Diet Make Your Skin Look OLD?

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The global skin care market is estimated to be USD $43 billion per year.

$43,000,000,000

That’s greater than the GDP of 120 of the world’s 190 countries.

And how about all of the money being spent on Botox, Restylane, chemical peels, laser treatments, goat placentas, human sacrifices, etc…

What if I told you that a big reason for the success of the skin care industry is all of the sugar found in the now global “Western Diet“.

frappuccinoWhat if I told you that even if you kicked your cravings for Big Macs and Venti Mocha Frappuccino® Blended Coffees with whipped cream, and began eating a diet based on the USDA’s Food Pyramid, you would still be doing major damage to your skin.

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Here’s Why…

Your skin is 75% collagen.

Collagen is the body’s major structural protein. It makes up 33% of the protein found in your body. It supports tissues and organs and attaches muscles to bones. In fact, your bones are made up of a combination of collagen and various minerals such as calcium and phosphorous.

So, what does that have to do with keeping my skin wrinkle free?

Like I said, collagen makes up 75% of your skin. But what I didn’t say is that the smooth, plump appearance of young, healthy skin is due in large part to the presence of healthy collagen levels.

This is why beauty seekers around the world search for new ways to boost collagen levels and repair past collagen damage—some go so far as to inject collagen proteins into the skin to plump wrinkles and add volume to the lips.

This is where it gets interesting.

It has always been believed that the breakdown of healthy collagen and the decline in collagen production was a natural and unavoidable side effect of aging. Because of that, we are doomed to wrinkles, age spots and thin, drooping skin.

Maybe Not

We all know that sun damage and cigarettes are not conducive to healthy skin.

What we didn’t know was that a diet based on carbohydrates was an even bigger threat to healthy, youthful skin.

Here’s Why

  • Eating a diet based on carbohydrates raises our blood sugar
  • Raised blood sugar increases the production of Reactive Oxygen Species and Advanced Glycation End-Products
  • Advanced Glycation End-Products or AGEs are linked directly to the aging process (hence the acronym)
  • Collagen is especially prone to damage caused by AGEs
  • It is the collagen that has been damaged by AGEs that causes the loss of elasticity in your skin.

And it’s not just your skin.

The same diet that causes your skin to droop and wrinkle does the same type of damage to the rest of the collagen in your body…in your joints, arteries, heart and lungs.

So What Should You Do?

This isn’t going to sound very revolutionary, but:

  • Stop eating a diet based on processed and refined carbohydrates
  • Start eating more vegetables
  • Don’t avoid fruit, but treat it more like a dessert and not a main course.
  • Eat meat – beef, chicken, pork, etc…
  • Don’t be afraid of natural fats…animal fats, olive oil, the less processed the better
  • Basically, stop eating processed junk and start eating foods that come without labels and long lists of ingredients

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12 comments

  1. Thanks a lot for the great information, but what about complex carbohydrates? I don’t eat any simple carbohydrates (sugar, processed and refined foods .. etc) but I do eat a lot of complex carbohydrates like oats and whole grain foods, is this bad too?

  2. Great post and reaffirms why people who eat according to the food pyramid are out of shape and look old beyond their years! I’ve missed out on a load of your posts and just spent some time back logging through them, superb stuff!!

  3. Great information. I have noticed a huge difference simply by not ingesting sugar. If I need something sweet, I go for Yerba Mate tea with a little stevia..

  4. Chemical Peels may be dangerous specially if you use those high concentrations of Glycolic Acid..*-

  5. Hi Doug!
    It’s good to see that you too are trying to sweep “old myths” about health and fitness aside! As an Osteopath/Naturopath I totally agree with you w.r.t. connective tissue, an awful lot of inflammatory joint problems are totally due to poor information w.r.t. dietary habits!
    well done!

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  7. All the creams and peels in the world can never replace the natural moisture and youth-enhancing properties of lean proteins, sources of essential fatty acids, fiber, vitamins, minerals and other anti-oxidants and WATER. Someone emailed me the other day that he didn’t remember me having short hair when we he and I worked together, thinking that my photo was from then (22 years ago!). I told him the photo was from about a month ago!

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