Premature aging can start as early as in your 20’s, especially if your diet is rich in this particular ingredient. An ingredient that not only becomes more and more addictive every time you eat it, but it is also almost 100% certain that many versions of this ingredient are also genetically modified, laced with a plethora of pesticides and/or other toxic chemical additions and is used as a filler ingredient in many “low fat” foods that line grocery store shelves.
What is this ingredient? SUGAR. Sugar will age your body, both inside and out, faster than almost any other food ingredient, running side by side with GMO processed grains when it comes to wrecking havoc on your body.
Every time you eat sugar your body undergoes a process called glycation, a process in which the sugar you eat gets stuck to the proteins in your body. What this translates to is the stiffening and hardening and cracking of your body tissues, both inside and out. You can liken it to an old garden hose that’s been exposed to heat and sun. The result is looking older than your biological age, due to the wrinkling, sagging, diminished skin tone and delayed skin cell turnover that sugar effects on the body. And, the same hardening is happening inside your body, causing stiffness in your joints and muscles and cumulative damage to your organs, including your pancreas, heart, liver and lungs.
The three most important things you can do to help prevent, diminish and even reverse this condition is to:
1) Avoid sugar as much as possible. If you are addicted to sweet tea, baked goods and desserts, reach for candy bars and soda drinks as a pick-me-up, you need to immediately put yourself on a sugar elimination diet. Remove the offending food and beverage items, and hold yourself accountable. Additionally, never go more than 48 hours without some form of exercise, which will help keep your body insulin sensitive vs. insulin resistance.
2) Commit to no less than 5 servings of vegetables a day and limit your servings of fruit to 2 or less a day. This will flood your body antioxidants, flavonoids and other potent plant compounds that will scavenge up those free radicals that sugar has introduced to your body. This step is to be done in ADDITION to eliminating all excess sugar from your diet.
3) Avoid fast foods, processed foods and most restaurants like the plague. Consuming these less than desirable food options guarantees you that you’ll be eating not only an extraordinary quantity of sugar, which is added to just about every menu item, but also the addition of GMO’s, pesticides and other toxic ingredients that will cause even further damage to your health.
Does that mean no sugar ever? Well, it does mean no processed sugars ever if you’re serious about your health and wellbeing. However, you can use real stevia (watch out for adulterated versions) anytime you like, raw coconut sugar in moderation (has a low glycemic index factor), and real raw honey or maple syrup in moderation.
Watch those food labels. Here’s a list of seemingly healthy sugars that you want to avoid.
dehydrated cane juice
corn syrup solids
high fructose corn syrup
fruit juice concentrate
Stay healthy, stay young, stay away from sugar.
Bon Veggie Appetit!
Gina “The Veggie Goddess” Matthews