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Quit sugar for younger looking skin

Quit sugar for younger looking skin

We all know what sugar does to our waistline but have you ever thought about what it does to your skin? Well, that sweet delight or indulgence of sugar crashes into your cells, proteins and even your DNA wrecking them and causing damage. The process in which sugar binds to our body’s DNA proteins and fats is called glycation. It forms something scientists call advanced glycation end-products. They shortened the term for advanced glycation end-products to AGEs. So, sugar… AGEs you!

So, what do we do?
Well, it is never too late or too early to quit sugar. The first appearance of sugar-damaged skin occurs at the age of 20. Yikes! Sugar smashes into collagen in the skin, damages it, and forms AGEs. Collagen is the scaffolding of the skin. It gives our skin that smooth, organized looking structure. Sugar’s bombardment on your collagen can also cause it to cross-link. When collagen fibers cross-link they become joined together. Having cross-link collagen strands in the skin causes it to bunch up. The skin gets bumpy or shows as wrinkled appearance. It also becomes stiff and looses flexibility. The sugar-damaged collagen in your skin accumulates at a yearly rate of about 3.7 percent per year after the age of 20! But i is never too late to start eliminating sugar from you diet for your skin’s sake.

So, what is the solution?
Researchers have found that cinnamon extract helps your body control sugar levels and may help prevent wrinkle formation. Cinnamon extract can help skin cells produce collagen! Yay!
Sprinkle some cinnamon onto your food and age well. Cinnamon is delicious on apple slices, roasted butternut squash, or added into baked goods.
So,… cinnamon it and eat your way to younger looking skin!

And as you mull over your skin rejuvenation plan for the New Year, enjoy this simple Holiday recipe!

Hot Mulled Cinnamon Apple Cider
Vegan, Gluten Free and Paleo

8 pieces peeled and cut into slices 1- inch, fresh organic ginger
1 organic orange
2 litre of organic apple cider
4 cinnamon sticks
12 cloves (not ground)

Combine all ingredients in crock pot and heat on high for 2 hours. Strain and serve with a fresh slice of orange and a cinnamon stick!
A warm and cozy way to make your house smell like the sweetest winter holiday! With no sugar added!

References: Recipe Pinterest, Aging Bites by Allison Tannis, MSc RHN.