Updated: Nov 21
A lot of skin problems such as acne, rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis are exacerbated by sugar or high glycemic foods that convert to sugar.
Moreover, sugar also contributes to increased inflammation which in turn breaks down the collagen and elastin. The excess unused sugar attaches to the fats and proteins in the skin, this process is called GLYCATION or AGES ( advanced glycation end-products).
According to doctors Paraskevi Gkogkolou and Markus Böhm, “ AGEs are formed in high amounts in diabetes but also in the physiological organism during aging. They have been etiologically implicated in numerous diabetes- and age-related diseases.”
Elastin is like an elastic, when you stretch the skin it should bounce back and the collagen is what keeps it firm and taut. A high-sugar diet makes the collagen and elastin rigid, so it will become easier for wrinkles to form and the skin will begin to sag and lose its luminosity. Further continuing collagen - destruction are free radicals such as pollution and sun exposure.
Sugar digestion begins in the saliva and when it reaches the stomach it is put on hold because the stomach is acidic and what does not convert to energy becomes FAT.
Excessive sugar consumption takes a toll on our health in many ways. The most common side effect of consuming too much sugar is weight gain. This occurs because of the lack of nutrients in sugary items which in turn will leave you feeling hungry all the time and your desire for sugar will actually increase.
Most Americans consume over 19 teaspoons of sugar every day.
Recommended is 6 teaspoons.
Signs you are consuming too much sugar
Poor skin health. (Sugar can be the actual reason behind the skin conditions you are experiencing. )
You are tired all the time.
Constant high blood pressure.
The more sugar you eat the more likely you will develop insulin resistance, signs of this are excess hair growth, dark patches on the neck, and body creases.
The food industry deceives us by labeling sugar under different versions of the word SUGAR. Sugars are carbohydrates the most common being glucose and fructose, anything ending in “OSE” IS SUGAR.
We are exposed to it right from infancy with NATURAL sugar breast milk. The keyword being... Natural. These types of sugars are found in fruits and vegetables, where most of our sugar intake should come from. These foods have vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and FIBER, which is what makes us feel full and limits the amount of food we eat.
ADDED sugars... are high in calories and low in nutritional value. They do not have fiber-like NATURAL sugar and therefore we never feel full.
Alternatives to making our life sweeter are nectar, agave, honey... raw honey.
Here are some health benefits raw honey has to offer:
A good source of antioxidants. Raw honey contains an array of plant chemicals that act as antioxidants. ...
Antibacterial and antifungal properties. ...
Heal wounds. ...
Phytonutrient powerhouse. ...
Help for digestive issues. ...
Soothe a sore throat.
Now just asking...
WHAT IS SO SWEET ABOUT ALL THIS!