Why You're Aging
The science behind aging and the solution—no products needed.
I never really thought I would see myself any differently than that of my prime early 20's body with smooth tight skin. Anything beyond that was my parents’ problem—now off to eat Jolly Kone french fries and vanilla Pepsi!! Wow, how ignorant I was!
It was always taught, as I’m sure others were as well, that we have no control over how we age. If you’re lucky you'll take after your grandmother who looks young for her age. The truth is we have all the control. Thanks to science literature and the best doctors and researchers, we now know the real triggers that speed up aging.
First, we need to talk about glycation. When there is too much sugar in the body, protein and sugar molecules cross link and make new sugar proteins called advanced glycation end-products, appropriately referred to as AGEs. AGEs damage body tissue and ruin the skins collagen and elasticity. This creates wrinkled, saggy skin and an uneven skin tone. All stages of glycation generate free radicals and inflammation, a better known cause of aging and disease.
Remember when you were seven and you had a flawless complexion? That’s because you had very little age accumulation. The scary thing is that AGEs are the root cause of nearly all diseases associated with aging. They infiltrate all areas of our bodies and have been connected to everything from fatigue, bad eye sight, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer's.
So how are we allowing these assholes to wreck havoc on our bodies? Our standard American Diet (SAD-appropriately). The western way of eating is ridiculously high in carbohydrates and for decades we felt that was okay because that's what the food pyramid taught us. Science is now showing that it would be far more beneficial for us if we turned the food pyramid upside down. The facts are out and fats are not the enemy. The real enemy is anything that substantially raises our blood sugar as well as overcooked, processed foods.
AGEs come from two main sources. The first source of AGEs come from foods that already have high levels of debris, such as foods that have been fried, charred and most boxed foods. Our modern packaged foods are largely heat-processed and contain colorants and flavor enhancers, resulting in high levels of AGEs. AGEs are created when blood sugar rises which makes carbohydrates the second main source. Turns out that my french fries and sugar laden soda became the perfect recipe for looking like my mother more quickly!
In his book Wheat Belly, Dr. William Davis, MD explains, "When your glucose increases the more AGEs accumulate, and the faster aging will proceed, the higher the blood sugar the more AGE products will accumulate and the more organ damage results." Keep in mind that your skin is your largest organ.
A look at Harvard's glycemic index chart will show you how easy it is to overload on carbohydrates. If you rely on bread, whether it be white or wheat, your blood sugar will rise 30% more than what a Snickers bar would cause. In fact, all grains top the list as the worst offenders for raising glucose levels. In traditional cultures carbohydrates were not available year round. In the winter they had fruits they had dried from the previous summer, and the cultures that ate grains put a significant amount of labor into soaking, sprouting and fermenting them, making them easily digestible. High fat, high protein foods were not processed and were consumed in plentiful amounts. The vitamins, minerals and amino acids in their food were still intact and enhanced by their artisan preparation.
Today we have every type of food available to us all year round, an influx of carbohydrates at all times. Refined carbohydrates are devoid of the original nutrients. They are blown through a machine to make fun shapes and then covered in sugar or meat flavor. If we want to stall the aging process and ensure that our children grow strong and healthy bodies, getting back to the traditional way of eating is the way to go. It’s been done before, it’s proven and it’s not a fad diet. In our modern life, however, it may be too much work for a typical family. I don't see many people soaking grains and making sourdough bread with a starter made 10 days before. A paleo-ish diet might be a better choice for modern families. A diet that focuses on nutrient rich foods that are close to the traditional foods that proved to create consistent beauty and health.
Wheat Belly by William Davis MD
Grain Brain by David Perlmutter MD
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