Beauty Tip- Is Sugar Aging You?
This week’s beauty tip is a combined health and beauty tip. We all know that eating excess sugar is not good for you. Besides the obvious problems that go along with eating too much sugar such as obesity and insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes, most people are unaware that eating sugar can lead to premature aging. Excess sugar molecules in the bloodstream start to stick to and damage protein molecules creating a new molecule called advanced glycation end-products or AGEs. AGEs specifically damage collagen in the skin (along with cartilage and ligaments). Damaged collagen means a loss of elasticity and that leads to wrinkles and sagging. This loss of elasticity also affects the joints and that translates into stiffening.
Now glycation is going to occur as a natural part of aging but cutting down on sugar significantly reduces it. I know this time of the year it is difficult to stay away from sugar with all the holiday treats. Look for ways to reduce your sugar intake all year round. A Grande Café Mocha at Starbucks has 10.5 tsps of sugar, a Grande Eggnog latte has 13.25 tsps of sugar and an Iced Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha has a whopping 17 tsps of sugar. A 12 oz can of Coke has about 10tsp of sugar. Most people who consume these coffee drinks or soda on a daily basis do not realize the amount of sugar they are pouring into their body. A good way to cut down on sugar is to just cut out any form of “liquid” sugar. Drink coffee or tea with a little Stevia or Xylitol for real health benefits.
Green Tip- Go Meatless for a Day
Trust me, no one likes a juicy rib-eye better than I do but I feel better when I eat a more plant based diet. Going meatless is also better for the environment. Producing a single pound of beef requires between 1,800 and 2,500 gallons of water, according to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which helped establish the Meatless Monday campaign.
Reduced meat consumption has numerous health benefits including a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Avoid “fake” meat products which are usually full of soy and sodium. Concentrate on vegetables and legumes. Make a meatless chili by substituting beans for meat or a hearty vegetable soup is always good when the weather starts to get a little colder.
Dental Tip- Give the Gift of Whiter Teeth for Christmas
Whitening your teeth with Liquid Smile is a safe and balanced process that makes it easy to whiten your teeth to a natural looking shade with less sensitivity than most in office or take home whitening systems. It contains a special type of hydrogen peroxide that is as powerful as the strongest typical take home whitening tray systems.
Liquid Smile is a whitening pen and can be bought over the counter at our office, no appointment needed. It comes in fun flavors and is elegantly packaged in a gift bag ready to give. Take advantage of our holiday special for $99 (regularly $129) from now until December 23, 2011.Liquid Smile is not sold in stores and only available at select medical and dental offices.