Find out if you're making one of these 6 common aging diet and exercise mistakes, and get smart prevention strategies that can keep you slim and youthful for years to come.
1. Too Much Sugar:
The breakdown of sugars, called glycation, damages the collagen that keeps skin smooth and firm. To prevent this natural process from careening out of control, stick to low-glycemic carbs like whole grains; they're naturally low in sugar, and the body processes them slowly to limit the loss of collagen.
2. Choosing Coffee Over Tea:
Research suggests that green and black tea contain protective compounds that help prevent skin cancers and the breakdown of collagen, the cause of wrinkles.
3.Lack of Exercise:
Following a regular strength-training routine that creates better, more supportive muscle tone will help you firm sagging skin from the neck down. "I am religious about strength-training, and I always tell patients to do it more as they get older," says Patricia Farris, MD, a dermatologist in Metairie, LA. "It's like adding volume to the face with fillers, except on your body," says Dr. Farris.
4. Too Much Meat and Dairy Products:
"Hormones in traditionally produced dairy, poultry, and meat may contribute to acne/pimples," says Katie Rodan, MD, a dermatologist in the San Francisco Bay area. She says that her patients who eat those less frequently often notice their skin looks better.
5.You Don't Give Your Body A Break:
When your exercise routine is so intense that you're tired all the time but can't sleep at night, you're setting yourself up for overuse injuries--not to mention dark circles and bags under your eyes from those sleepless nights. These symptoms could be a sign of overexhaustion. Other clues that you're working out too much include extreme muscle soreness that persists for several days, unintended weight loss, an increased resting heart rate, interruptions in your menstrual cycle, or decreased appetite. Plan your rest as well as you plan exercise.
6.You Completely Cut Out Carbs, Fats and Calories:
When your diet isn't balanced, your skin, hair, and nails will suffer. Cutting calories can deprive your body of certain nutrients that promote healthy cell division, cell regeneration, and overall skin tone and texture. The skin also requires essential fatty acids--which the body can't produce on its own--to maintain hydration. A diet that's too low in fat could cause dry skin, hair loss, and brittle nails.