We all know that sugar is bad for your body, your teeth and your overall health. But did you realise that sugar is also bad for your skin and can actually accelerate the aging process?
A huge part of the problem is that too many of us are not aware how addictive sugar is and easy it is to get hooked. Another issue is that sugar is in just about everything. It is even hidden in some foods where you would least suspect it. For example, canned vegetables, tomato sauce, most cereals and more.
When you eat sugar, it stimulates the release of dopamine in your brain, which makes you feel pleasure. The brain recognizes and likes this feeling and begins to crave more. So in this way, it’s a little like crack cocaine!
According to QSkin Aesthetic Practitioner and dentist at Queensway Dental Clinic, Dr. Uzma Olbrich, “The best way to get off sugar is to do a quick detox program. You may not realize how addicted you are to sugar until the cravings hit you. Once you eliminate sugar from your diet, you will see how much better you will feel and look.”
Here is a list of what you should avoid during your detox; fast food, junk food, processed foods, sweets, desserts, bread, sweetened beverages, carbonated drinks, fruit juice, chocolate, granola, cereal, fruity yoghurt, ice cream, condiments like ketchup and salad dressings. If you can’t go cold turkey and wipe out all sugar from your diet, try taking small steps and doing it gradually. Even faux sugar may keep you addicted – like diet cola.
Think about healthy substitutes for sweet treats you pick up when hunger strikes. Choose an apple or a bowl of berries over a plate of fruit-flavoured yoghurt. If you crave something crunchy, go for carrot and celery sticks instead of crisps.
Over time, you can actually re-train your taste buds to like foods that are not so sweet. In fact, after a little time away from sugar, you may be surprised to find that the foods you used to indulge with are way too sweet for your palate.
So do your skin a favour and try to cut out your sugar habits.