Reasons to quit sugar
|Sugar degrades skin's collagen and elastin|
Apart from the mentioned reasons, there is another important reason to ditch sugar: that is our skin - sugar ages out skin a big time.
AGEs role in skin wrinkling and sagging
Food that is cooked on high temperatures, such as barbecued meat, is full of AGEs too. Whether AGEs are consumed exogenously or are formed inside our body makes no difference. They have the same effect on our skin. Cigarette smoke is also able to react with protein to form AGEs. All advanced glycation end products are bad and that's why smokers are said to have worse skin in the long term than non-smokers.
Carbohydrates or sugar is part of a healthy diet and we need some of them to supply our bodies with energy, but excess sugar binds with protein and ages our skin. What's worse, it is believed to play a role not only in ageing, but in some diseases too.
AGEs accumulate in the body as a function of age and body weight. The older you are the more AGEs you have and your collagen is more degraded. AGEs modify skin's biomechanical properties, which is associated with the increase of skin's brittleness and stiffness. Also, the more overweight you are the more your skin is affected by the same glycation process.
How to neutralise AGEs damage to skin?
How do we ditch sugar?
Many times I have tried to reduce my sugar intake, but every time my efforts lasted only a few days, then I was back to where I started.
So, you either accept that it's bad for you and you stop fighting your cravings or you look for help. Unfortunately, motivation and determination to quit is the only free help that I can think of, but there is some very realistic help to those with an open mind and a few quid to spare. I will be talking about how to overcome sugar addiction and cravings in my next post. We will be interviewing a qualified hypnotherapist to resolve this issue.