Treat your skin to these food switches and slow down aging!
This blog is written by my friend and guest blogger, Anthony Youn, MD, a board certified plastic surgeon with a practice in New York City, who just released his first book, The Age Fix: A Leading Plastic Surgeon Reveals How to Really Look 10 Years Younger. I’m reading it right now, and I’m excited for you to learn non-surgical ways to look younger!
I truly believe that what you eat determines, to a large extent, how you look and how quickly you age. Many scientific studies have proven this. I’ve even witnessed it firsthand with my patients. So here are three simple food switches that can make a big impact on how quickly you age.
Food Switch #1: Coffee to Green Tea
Green tea might just be the most powerful of all the antioxidant sources. Now, many people who drink coffee consume several cups per day. This might be you. If that’s the case, then making the cold turkey switch from coffee to green tea might be pretty difficult.
Here’s a solution: Start slowly. Make the change from coffee to green tea over several months. You’ll still get your much-desired caffeine boost but with more antioxidants and less unhealthy additives (sugar, cream, etc.) than you might need for your coffee.
Food Switch #2: Milk Chocolate to Dark Chocolate
Raw cocoa contains an enormous dose of free radical-fighting antioxidants. Chocolate bars are graded according to how much raw cocoa (or cacao—same thing) they contain. The higher the percentage of raw cocoa, the higher the antioxidant content.
Unfortunately, most commercially-available chocolate bars, like milk chocolate or even Hershey’s Dark®, contain too much sugar and too little cocoa to be healthy for you. So, if you like chocolate (and who doesn’t?), then try to stick with or switch to dark chocolate with at least 70% raw cocoa. Your skin will thank you for it.
Food Switch #3: White To Whole Wheat
This is probably the most important switch of all. Sugar is truly the worst food for your skin. It causes inflammation, produces AGE’s (advanced glycation end products), and can contribute to unwanted fat pockets. It can even worsen acne!
When we think of sugar, most of us think of desserts and sweets, but refined carbohydrates are bad sugars, too. They can result in sugar spikes, similar to what we get with candy and sweets! So, to decrease these sugar spikes (and lessen the damage caused by them), I strongly recommend that you switch to whole over white.
Eat brown rice instead of white rice. Eat whole grain pasta instead of white pasta. Eat whole grain bread over white bread. Decreasing the amount of sugar you eat can have profound effects on how quickly (or slowly) you age.
If you make these changes to your diet today, I bet that within a few weeks you will not only feel better but look better, too! But don’t take my word for it. Try these food switches, and see your skin reap the benefits.