High sugar levels increase premature aging process in two major ways by increasing levels of insulin and products called AGES. Consistently high levels of insulin disrupt communication within your cells which leads to toxicity. This toxic process breaks down collagen (decreasing elasticity and increasing stiffness) and inhibits the growth of new collagen. The toxicity also plays a role in promoting new fat cell growth around the heart, liver and digestive organs.
High levels of sugar will also bond with protein to form AGES (Advance Glycation End Products). AGES cause inflammation alerting our immune system to activate RAGES which are special receptors for AGES to get rid of these unwanted products. This is a stressful process not only creating scar tissue inside our arteries but also breaks down collagen. The good news; with healthy eating, low sugar lifestyle and good skincare you can repair this damage.
So what is the daily recommended sugar intake in grams according to the American Heart Association? If one medium banana averages 14 grams of sugar, guess the recommended daily intake! Are you ready for this? Yes, 24 grams of sugar for women and 36 grams of sugar for men is the daily recommended intake. When you eat sugar, also include fiber, healthy fat (avocado, walnuts, coconut oil, etc.) and protein to slow down the insulin production. A lower sugar option would be 1 cup of mixed berries which is about 6 grams of sugar and loaded with antioxidants that is essential for repairing our damaged cells.
If you’re not getting enough nutrients in your daily food intake, a great skincare routine will help repair skin damage. This brings me to one of the many reasons why I love the HydroPeptide skincare range as it’s loaded with botanical stem cells from fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants as well as full of over 60 peptides (think protein shake with amino acids for the skin) which are essential for collagen production.
P.S. UV Radiation will also cause AGES that will breakdown collagen, here’s a great demonstration below: