What you put in your body has a direct impact on your health.
Most of us are aware that sugar in all forms can lead to health problems like: weight gain, lowered immunity, blood sugar problems, diabetes, acidic blood, adrenal fatigue and candida. Too much sugar, dairy and alcohol not only contributes to a number of health conditions but also affects our skin. Excess sugar in the bloodstream causes the formation of harmful molecules that bind with protein and selectively target collagen. This leads to wrinkles, sagging skin and even acne.
With regards to dairy, many people lose the enzyme that breaks down lactose as they age. This can cause inflammation which manifests as redness and saggy skin. Dairy is highly acidic, despite it containing calcium that acts as an alkaline agent by nature. Milk is rich in natural acids that can cause calcium deposits to build up and potentially cause arthritis and long-term inflammation. It also doesn’t necessarily keep our bones strong as we once believed. Most plant-based foods do a much better job (such as chard, kale, almonds, figs) and don’t contribute to chronic inflammation.
And last but not least, alcohol… Too much alcohol, just like too much sugar, affects our kidneys, liver, stomach and small intestines, which explains some of what is happening in your body. Dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, gastrointestinal disturbances and disruption of sleep are some of the results. Excess alcohol also results in dehydration and can accentuate wrinkles. It causes enlarged blood vessels as well as dilated capillaries, making the face look red and flushed. Remember, the key is moderation!