How sugar ages you and your skin

The Stomach & Spleen are responsible for the flesh tone of the body.  If you want everything smooth and plump with the resilience of youth then keep these two organs healthy.   The flavour that the Stomach and Spleen loves is sweet.  It gives us a feeling of satisfaction and support.  This is fine when it’s healthy sweet stuff, such as brown rice, butternut squash, chick peas, but the refined sugar of chocolate, cake and biscuits weakens these organs as it’s too much for the spleen to process and for the body to balance.

Perhaps the foods above don’t beckon and entice you but if you visit 6 week supported stop sweet cravings programme  you will find its full of delicious recipes including raw chocolate, spinach with ginger and garlic, rhubarb and apple crumble and roasted spiced chick peas which will support your spleen and stop your wrinkles.   

When we eat too much refined sugar it attaches to proteins in your bloodstream and forms a new molecule called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGE’s for short – very appropriate)  these damage protein fibres such as collagen and elastin which keep skin firm and elastic.  Once damaged these protein fibres become dry and brittle – bringing on sagging and wrinkles.  The regeneration of the elastin and collagen fibres slow after the age of 35 so it is especially important as we age that our appearance doesn’t.  So even if your waistline isn’t your motivation its important from  an Eastern and Western Medicine point of view, to keep your sugars down if you want bright, fresh skin.

So what can you do?

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The dishes created within the programme are full of potent AGE inhibitors.  The dish in the photo is a prime example, Roasted Vegetables with Brown Rice and a tangy asian dressing is full of B1, B6 vitamins and Alpha Lipoid Acid which have powerful anti-glycating properties.  

Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant. It is found in every cell, where it helps turn glucose into energy.  It is a potent antioxidant as unlike other antioxidants which only work in water or fats, alph-lipoic acid is both fat and water soluble.  Spinach is another amazing Alpha Lipoid Acid food and there’s a scrumptious recipe in there too.  In Chinese Medicine, Spinach also helps to drain the body of excess fluid so you can look healthy and plump for all the bright skinned, bright bodied reasons.  So come to my online kitchen table and discover delightful healthy food for reducing sugar cravings, dull skin and wrinkles

 

 

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