Aging affects everyone. Although not every person can immediately view his biological age, we still age from the first year of life. The medical aging process, and thus the cycle of aging, begins with everyone from the age of 35 years. In addition to the genes, it is the individual environmental conditions that determine how much and how fast we age. Diet as an important building block contributes a lot to this.
Health and thus physical and mental well-being are of paramount importance to every person in addition to family and happiness. While we can not get around aging, how quickly this process works out is something we can do a lot to influence. One aspect that we can influence and take in our own hands is our diet, above all the conscious use of sugar .
But what happens in old age, to what extent does the excessive consumption of sugar influence it and what can I do for a healthier, sugar-free life in old age? All these questions are addressed in this article.
Sugar makes us age faster and look old
The fact that the metabolism slows down is already known and the body’s ability to re-produce or lose cells decreases with age. Sugar as a culprit in our diet speeds up this process. Excessive consumption of sweet foods causes us to overdose on vessels, membranes and other essential molecules in our body that are normally responsible for a healthy aging process. A rapid cell aging is the result.
Among other things, this cell aging process makes our skin thinner, drier and inelastic. Wrinkles arise. But what exactly happens here?
Artificial Sugar damages our Body
This is partly due to Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) . These are also known as saccharified protein or glucose molecules, which deposit as waste products in the tissue or on blood vessels. There, they clump together to form the familiar picture of a clogged artery. Arteriosclerosis can be the result.
Another problem is the over-sugaring of red blood cells. They die earlier and thus transport less oxygen. The entire circulation and thus our organism is supplied with less oxygen. The consequences: loss of energy – decrease in endurance – further organ damage.
Sugar makes us forgetful
Above all, an uninterrupted consumption of sweet products distributed over the entire lifespan leads to disruptions and capacity losses of thinking and remembering ability . Especially in old age, sugar favors our forgetfulness.
But what can I do now to eat healthier and above all sugar-free?
AGEs always arise when we take extremely sweet and therefore blood sugar-enhancing products to us. Pasta, Coke & Co. miss out on blood sugar spikes that accelerate our aging process and lead to increased production of AGEs.
To promote a healthy aging process, here are a few tips for you:
Water, source of life! In old age, you should drink plenty of water throughout the day (about 2 liters). Unfortunately, since water in our society is often confused with liquids, many people are more likely to use soft drinks, fruit juices or other drinks, in the worst case with sugar-like flavors. It should be very special about water!
Calorie is not the same calorie! There are foods that contain significantly more or less vital substances with the same number of calories. This is often referred to as empty calories versus healthy calories. By the way, a look at the list of ingredients is enough to see what is meant. If the first lines contain sugar, maltodextrin, dextrose, etc., then it may be a product of inferior quality. The main ingredients of a healthy diet should not consist of meat, cereals or sugar-added products of any kind, but rather fresh vegetables and fruits.
Less sweet is not more healthy! Sugar, pasta, carbohydrates with high glycemic load and even dairy products should be avoided as well as consciously consumed.
Eat less sugar
As simple as these tips are, it is often difficult to change dietary habits and to eat healthier and sugar-free food. For a good start into a sugar-poor life, it may be worthwhile to do a guided sugar detox. And if not now at the beginning of the year or directly during Lent, when?