Health Bytes #3 – Skin Deep

From dermatologist N. Perricone, MD’s foreword to Sugar Shock, Bennett

Reason #393 to avoid sugar and other high-glycemic carbohydrates: they create cellular inflammation and trigger free radicals that speed up aging.

What happens when we eat sugars is called glycation. Sugar molecules permanently attach to collagen; this produces enzymes that inflame and break down collagen, resulting in wrinkles. Glycation also causes cross-linking in collagen, making it stiff and inflexible, destroying elasticity, so skin sags. The effect is like tanning a leather hide. Over time, skin becomes unevenly discolored and heavily striated with deep lines and grooves.

Glycation occurs not just in our skin – the sugar molecule also attaches itself to and deteriorates arteries, veins, bones, ligaments, even brains. Glycation creates “free radical factories” known as advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which cause cellular inflammation.

So the best beauty treatment? Drink water or tea instead of juice or soda.

Bright skin and bright days –

Anne Whitson, M.A., N.S.
Nutrition/Weight Mgmt Coach
Ubbe’s Fitness Studio

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