What Causes Wrinkles? The Answers May Shock You
I am about to embark on one of the most asked questions, especially for ladies approaching 40 (self included!): what causes wrinkles? So when you ask this question, you are also asking what causes aging. Because isn’t wrinkles a side effect of aging? By the way, for those who are curious, I am approaching my 36th birthday in 4 months, so this question has begun to plague me. Of course, there are the most obvious answers: smoking, stress, sugar, and heredity are probably some of the more common causes of wrinkles. We’ve all heard them! This post ain’t about them! Why rehash what we already know? This post is about to uncover some serious s*!@*
Really, you might wanna sit down, if you aren’t already, because I am about to uncover some unlikely culprits when it comes to wrinkles and aging. When I refer to wrinkles, I am primarily referring to facial wrinkles, however, other parts of the body are also susceptible to wrinkles…no body part is immune! So…are you ready? If so, let’s dive in to some shocking causes of wrinkles.
It’s so S.A.D.
The Standard American Diet, or S.A.D., greatly contributes to wrinkles and aging. Why? Most Americans crave convenience, whether it be a microwave meal or a quick coffee and doughnut in the morning before work. This diet is rich in processed foods, vegetable oils, and sugar. It causes rapid aging and the aggressive development of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and Alzheimer’s disease. When you eat “on the run”, your diet lacks nutritious food full of vitamins and anti-oxidants which keep your inner organs (and skin) healthy.
Why You Should Avoid Vegetable Oils
Vegetable oils include canola and soy, which you should avoid like the plague. These oils are highly processed and when exposed to high heat, become rancid and form damaging free radicals. These oils, many of which are GMO (or genetically modified), wreak havoc in the body by attacking cells and damaging DNA/RNA. As an effect, changes in tissue, blood vessels, and skin occur. This in turn promotes free radical damage which causes skin wrinkles and premature aging.Bet you didn’t know frying your chicken in vegetable oil could give you forehead wrinkles! These oils also contribute to heart disease and high cholesterol.
Do People Who Are Depressed Have More Wrinkles?
Or more specifically, do people on anti-depressant drugs have more wrinkles? The answer is….yes! According to Natural News, studies shows antidepressant drugs contribute to a more aged appearance. How in the world can this be? One of the features of antidepressant drugs is muscle relaxation. When muscles are constantly relaxed, what happens? The facial muscles sag and lose tone and elasticity. The baby wrinkles are born.
Imbalance = Wrinkles
Another factor contributing to skin aging is hormonal imbalance. This causes dry skin, which helps skin to wrinkle more easily since it lacks moisture. This happens mainly in pre-menopausal and menopausal women. When this happens, oil production in the skin slows, which increases dryness. Sure, you can apply moisture to your heart’s content but you cannot fix the problem externally. You must balance your hormones internally to return to great skin.
You Have Pie on Your Face (Or the Effects of the Pie Crust)
This brings us to the #1 cause of wrinkles most people don’t know about. This food is also a huge part of the S.A.D. In fact, most doctors and health professionals urge you to increase amounts of this in your diet for greater health. It’s all lies! What is the food I refer to? It’s wheat.
Pick up a fantastic book which tells the truth about the effects of wheat called Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. Some of my facts comes straight from the book. Why is wheat such a bad guy? Wheat causes wrinkles not to mention weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis. When you ingest wheat, it raises blood sugar to alarming levels, which in turn produce AGEs in your body. AGEs stands for “Advanced Glycation End Products,” the material that causes stiffened arteries, cataracts, and dementia. The more AGE’s you have in your body, the older your appearance. In fact, the more AGEs you have produced, the more likely you are to be diabetic.
Dr. Davis says,
“…from a blood sugar standpoint, wheat products are worse than nearly all foods, skyrocketing blood sugar to levels that rival those of a full-blown diabetic- even if you’re nondiabetic…Wheat, because of its unique blood glucose-increasing effect, makes you age faster. Via its blood/sugar/AGE-increasing effects, wheat accelerates the rate at which you develop signs of skin aging, kidney dysfunctions, dementia, atherosclerosis, and arthritis.”
Scary stuff, especially since your doctor (and the faulty food pyramid which is no longer being used and is now a “food plate”) tells you to eat 7-11 servings of whole grains a day!
Why Do Vegetarians Get More Wrinkles?
Wheat is also a major reason why vegetarians seem to age a lot faster than non-vegetarians. Dr. Nicholas Perricone, famed anti aging doctor and author of Forever Young, states,
“I do not think that vegetarians age well because without sources of protein like fish and meat, they must obtain their protein from sources that have a high carbohydrate content. This results in elevated blood sugar, inadequate high quality protein, and accelerated aging.”
Sounds eerily similar to Dr. Davis’ stance, doesn’t it?
A Few More Bonus Causes
Here are a few more obvious causes of accelerated aging and wrinkles: divorce, obesity in the young, weight loss in the elderly, and coffee. Yes, I said coffee, my beloved morning companion. Coffee is good for you one minute and bad for you the next. Gets tiring, doesn’t it? Well, coffee when fresh ground and unroasted, may be very good for you due to its high antioxidants. But the beans we use are usually roasted and by the time we “cook” it again, which is what we do when we percolate coffee, almost all the antioxidants have been cooked out. Is this going to stop me from drinking my daily cup? Hell no! But you can decide for yourself.
I hope this post opened your eyes a bit as to what causes wrinkles. Let’s be honest with each other, wrinkles are a part of life. No matter what we do, we age. But it’s up to us to determine the rate at which we age. You can control many of these factors simply by doing a few lifestyle changes. You can either age quickly and painfully or slowly and gracefully. Which one will you choose?
Stay natural…stay beautiful…go green!
P.S. Now that you know about some of the things to avoid, what can you do to reduce or even remove the wrinkles you already have? That’s where the Overnight Wrinkle Cures book comes in! I don’t usually promote this type of stuff, but this one is a gem! It’s a digital ebook written by a naturopathic doctor with over 8 years of research experience on wrinkles and wrinkle prevention. Click here to find out how you can regain more youthful skin using her simple strategies: Overnight Wrinkle Cures
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