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Though aging is a natural process and we cannot deny this. But do you know there are some foods and drinks that make you look aged?

The skin reflects what you eat and there are some foods that actually make you age faster. Due to which you look aged. While we all know that junk food, fried stuff, and drinking excess alcohol can cause premature aging. But there are some other foods as well that are majorly a part of our daily diet causing potential harm to the body.

Here is food which one should say no in-order to look young for long

1- Alcohol

Alcohol is something to avoid if one is looking to slow down the aging process. Alcohol causes dehydration. Overconsumption of alcohol depletes minerals as well as essential fatty acids and speeds up aging in the form of premature wrinkles, loss of collagen, redness, dehydration, and puffiness. “When your liver is functioning well, toxins that could potentially affect the skin are expelled naturally through your body. But if toxins build up in your liver, and aren’t broken down properly, your skin can develop a variety of issues, like acne, sallowness, and wrinkles,” says Dr. Ostad. Alcohol is also bad for your sleep because it dehydrates. “Inadequate sleep is linked to wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, and reduced skin elasticity”.

2- Sugar

Sugar causes rapid aging of the body. Consuming too many desserts can ruin your metabolism and can increase cholesterol levels. Sugar not only causes weight gain but also causes wrinkles, sagging skin, and poor health. When people consume more sugar than their cells can synthesize, excess sugar molecules bond with proteins and trigger a process that can affect the skin collagen (the protein that keeps the skin elastic and youthful). Also, sugar damages teeth causing tooth decay and discoloration.

3- Salt

Salt dehydrates the body when consumed in excess. Excess salt in the diet is known to increase your risk of kidney disease, high blood pressure and also is going to make you look worn out and old. Salty foods retain water and cause a “puffy” look. It is advisable to season with little salt and go for fresh foods, rather than preserved or pre-cooked foods.

4- Cheap Meat

Fatty meat generates free radicals”, says Dr. Ostad. Free radicals are molecules having one electron instead of two, which makes them unstable and prone to snag electrons from other molecules, thus turning them into unstable cells that will, in turn, snag electrons from another cell etc. Free radicals affect the ability of the skin to protect itself and generate collagen. Ostad suggests to eat lean meats such as turkey and chicken and to consume large amounts of fruits and vegetables, rich in antioxidants. Cheap meats are high in saturated fat as well as salt content and are loaded with preservatives. Fatty meat should thus be avoided at all costs. Fatty meat uses up vitamin C in the body, which affects your immune system and can cause serious health problems.

5- Processed meat

Sausages, bacon, Vienna sausages and so on. “Many of these meats have sulfites and other preservatives, which can trigger inflammation in the skin, and accelerate the appearance of aging”, says Ostad. They also tend to contain large amounts of salt.

6- Charred meat

Black chars on grilled meat contain pro-inflammatory hydrocarbons, which could cause the collagen of your skin to be damaged, Ostad explains. You don’t necessarily need to avoid barbecuing, but, in any case, you should make sure you scrape off the black chars and clean the grill when you’re finished.

7- Transfat

Fast foods are packed with trans fatty acids, which cause blockages within your arteries and results in storage of fat in the body. Trans fats reduce the fluidity of our cells, burden the liver and exert an inflammatory effect within the body leading to older, stiffer, and more wrinkled skin. Besides being harmful for the heart, trans fats also cause your skin to age. “They promote inflammation”, says Dr. Ostad. They could even make your skin more vulnerable to UV rays. It is better to avoid products that list hydrogenated oil on the label.

8- Energy Drinks

Energy drinks contain high levels of caffeine, which is the major reason of dehydration. Sugar is the main ingredient in energy drinks which accelerates aging process and results in the development of fine lines and wrinkles. They give you energy but they have an aging effect on your teeth. If you really need an energy drink, make sure you sip it from a straw to limit the contact with your teeth.

9- Corn-based products

Did u know corn chips, corn cereals, corn oil, and also one of the damaging villain that one should be aware. Corn contains high fructose levels which can cause imbalance of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids. This result in premature aging. the corn-based food products have a very bad impact on blood sugar levels. Thus increase AGEs in your body and accelerate aging

10- Wheat

Wheat speeds up the aging process of your body because it contains a compound called AGEs (Advanced glycation end-products). Overconsumption of wheat can lead to diabetes and cell damage because it spikes your blood sugar level and accelerates aging even more.

11- Caffeine

Caffeine acts as a diuretic which causes dehydration and results in wrinkles, fine lines, dullness and dryness. Dehydration causes premature aging which makes you look much older than your biological age. Besides dehydrating your body because of caffeine, coffee damages your teeth. “Acidic beverages can create microscopic pores on the surface of the enamel, causing erosion over time”, says McAndrew. In order not to eliminate this beverage from your diet, which has many positive effects on human health, it is sufficient to drink a glass of water after the intake of coffee. “Water has a neutral pH, which washes away the acid”, says McAndrew.

12- Sugar lemon juice

According to studies, lemonade could damage the enamel of your teeth. Keep in mind to sip a mouthful of water after drinking lemonade, wait at least an hour before brushing your teeth and, last but not least, don’t add sugar to your lemon juice to avoid tooth plaque.

13- White wine

White wine can damage the enamel and stains of teeth. Here is what not to do: brush your teeth immediately after drinking white wine (or any other acidic drink). If you brush already acidic teeth, you encourage the erosion of your enamel. “You need to give your teeth time to re-mineralize after being bathed in an acidic beverage”, says Maureen McAndrew of the New York University School of Dentistry. One should  wait an hour after drinking before lifting a toothbrush.”

14-Black Tea

People who drink tea often can have stained teeth due to the high tannin content. However, a study published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene reveals that the casein in milk reduces the risk of tooth stains, while the citric acid contained in the lemon makes your enamel more porous and your teeth more vulnerable to stains.

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