Food is one of your best defenses against the hallmarks of aging. Read on to learn more about the causes of aging and the nine best anti-aging foods you can eat every day.
To help prevent aging, it helps to understand how and why your skin ages in the first place. Here are several factors that cause your skin to age:
Breakdown of collagen. Collagen fibers make up a large part of our skin. As we age, these fibers break down, causing wrinkles and sagging skin. There are many factors that can cause collagen to break down, including chronic stress, inflammation, environmental toxins, and of course, age.
UV radiation. As you’ve heard before, too much sun and sunburn cause skin aging. This is because ultraviolet rays also break down collagen and cause “cracks” in the elastin fibers that keep the skin supple and flexible.
Oxidation. When our bodies are exposed to stressors such as solar radiation, environmental pollutants, and other toxins, they generate free radicals. These are unstable molecules that can damage DNA, which in turn causes aging phenomena. “Anti-aging” foods contain compounds that fight free radicals, which we will discuss in more detail below.
Glycation. This is bad news for all sugar lovers. Consuming too much sugar triggers a process in our body called glycation, which breaks down skin proteins such as elastin and collagen.