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"[Healthy, natural nutrition and diet:] Aging happens to all of us, of course. And there's no way to put the brakes on it, no matter what the latest 'nutraceuticals' may claim. But an unhealthy diet can send your aging process into overdrive and leave you looking years older than you really are. And, it probably isn't doing the inside of your body any favors, either. ...
Timothy Harlan, assistant professor of medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine, a former restaurateur known as 'Dr. Gourmet,' and author of 'Just Tell Me What to Eat!', says, 'There's an incredible amount of evidence that says that eating junk puts your body into an inflammatory state. Poor-quality foods, like trans fats, cause inflammation -- and aging is basically a chronic inflammatory state.' Harlan asks: 'Can you look older because you're eating crap?' And he answers: 'Absolutely.'
For example, too much sugar and processed carbohydrates in the diet can lead to the production of what are called AGEs -- advanced glycation end products. 'These are associated with a number of diseases, like heart disease and diabetes,' says Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, a nutrition policy consultant for the California Center for Public Health Advocacy. What's more, she says, 'they also damage the collagen and fibers of your skin. ... Your skin is essentially made of protein, so if you don’t get enough healthy protein in your diet, your skin will reflect that... Skin sloughs off all the time, so you need regular incoming doses of vitamins, nutrients, plant chemicals that we call phytonutrients, healthy fats, and proteins. If you’re not getting enough of the good stuff on a regular basis, you won’t be able to produce healthy new skin cells in the way that you should.'...
" - Gina Shaw
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