No one really wants to grow old, we all want to stay young for as long as we can. But what majority of us don’t know is that our habits, particularly the food we eat, plays a major role in making us look and feel older than we actually are.

These foods contain ingredients that only do harm to our cells and bodies if we continue to consume them. Although these foods are some of our most popular staples, it is unwise to continue to consume them.

If it seems impossible to completely eliminate them from our diet, then we must do all that we can to bring their consumption to the barest minimum.

By doing this, we would begin to see our waistlines shrink and overall there would be an improvement in the way we feel.

Below are ten foods that are making us look and feel 10 years older, which we must alter from our diet;

  1. Hydrogenated oils:

hydrogenerated oil

This is perhaps one of the major culprits and definitely the most popular. Majority of what we eat, from cookies to fried foods, contains hydrogenated oil.

Hydrogenated oil becomes unhealthy fat storage in the body and has a direct relationship with obesity and heart disease. Despite the negative impact of hydrogenated oil on the body, most people find it hard to abstain from food and snacks that contain this ingredient.

This is because the majority of us find it hard to break old habits and perhaps because most of these diets cost less.

  1. Sweet:

chocolate sweet

Sweets are another well-consumed staple which may not be too good for any of us who wish to be forever young. When you consume more sweet than your cells can handle, the excess sugar molecules will bond to your body proteins triggering a reaction that will negatively impact your skin collagen.

Collagen is responsible for skin elasticity and maintaining youthfulness. Aside from damaging skin collagen, sugar in sweet also cause tooth decay and discoloration.

  1. Alcohol:

Say no to wine and other alcohols

The liver is responsible for detoxification; cleaning out toxins in the blood. When the liver is functioning normally, toxins that may affect the health of the skin is naturally expelled from the body. Consumption of alcohol increases the number of toxins in the blood.

This build-up may be difficult for the liver to handle. The implication of this is that your skin can develop a variety of issues, from acne to wrinkles. Alcohol also negatively affect sleep cycle as it causes dehydration.

Inadequate sleep causes wrinkles, reduced skin elasticity, and uneven pigmentation.

  1. Refined salt:

refined salt

By now, everybody knows that salt causes water retention in the body. But this is not all, salt is a big contributor to hypertension or increased blood pressure which is a precondition for kidney stones, heart failure, and linked to stomach cancer.

Consumption of excess salt can lead to skin puffiness and swelling.

The amount of salt you consume should depend on your age and how healthy you are. For those who are under 50 and in perfect health condition, i.e. no high blood pressure issue, there is no need to worry about the dangers of salt intake.

You may just try to avoid high salt and processed foods. For those within this age range and with conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, it is highly advisable to not consume more than 1 teaspoon of salt per day.

  1. Charred meat:

charred meat

We all love barbecue, but what most do not know is that the black char on this grilled meat contain pro-inflammatory hydrocarbons which could damage the collagen of the skin.

No one is asking you to completely avoid barbecuing, but it is advisable that you scrape off the black char and clean the grill when you are done.

  1. White wine:

white wine

White wine has a damaging effect on the enamel of the teeth and can stain it. In order to reduce the effect of white wine on your teeth, you should avoid brushing immediately after drinking white wine or any other acidic drink.

When you brush teeth that are already bath in acid, you encourage the erosion of the enamel. It is advisable that you allow the re-mineralizing of the teeth after bathing it in an acidic beverage.

  1. Processed meat:

processed meat

Processed meat such as bacon and sausages contain sulfites and other types of preservatives which causes skin inflammation and accelerate the appearance of aging. This meat also contains a large amount of salt.