Intermittent Fasting for Beauty and Glowing Skin

“If you're like most people, then no one has ever told you about glycation. Affecting collagen and elastin fibers, glycation is now well recognised to be a leading cause of accelerated skin aging.”

My mum used to say “glowing hair and beautiful skin start from within”. I think we’ve forgotten that. We buy products, often laden with chemicals and slap them on top of our face similar to how we would apply a bandage, and that exactly what they are, band-aid fixes. They momentarily fix things skin deep, nothing more.

Did you know our biggest organ is our skin? And contrary to what we see, it isn’t just the outside layer that determines how we look. Our skin has 7 layers, all underneath the superficial layer. Yet, we only treat the surface.

“Aging is nothing less than the accumulation of unrectified tissue damage and glycation is the main source of such damage; hence, suppressing glycation is tantamount to suppressing senescence.” - Dr. Nun Amen-Ra

Now, you don’t have to stop buying skin products. All I’m trying to say is there may be a better way, and a more healthy way, to improve the quality of your skin that works in the long term. Let’s go over some terms we will need to get familiar with:

Collagen

Collagen is the structural protein of your skin and holds it together.

The most abundant protein is collagen. In fact, collagen makes up more than one third of all protein in your body and about 75% of your skin.

The most abundant protein is collagen. In fact, collagen makes up more than one third of all protein in your body and about 75% of your skin.

Elastin

Elastin the other protein found in your skin and connective tissue. Elastin helps keep flexibility by providing a bounce-back reaction.

Having enough elastin in the skin means that the skin will return to its normal shape after a pull or a pinch. It also helps keep skin smooth as it stretches to accommodate normal activities like flexing a muscle during exercise.

Glucose

Glucose is your body's primary source of fuel for generating energy. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from eating carbohydrates , sugar or excessive amounts of protein.

But glucose has its dark side. If not properly metabolized. Glucose can bind to proteins, like collagen and elastin and form abnormalities. These progressively damage your tissue elasticity. This process is called Glycation.

Glycation

Glycation occurs when excess glucose in the body link to the skin's collagen and elastin fibers.

Why Sugar Is Bad For Your Skin

Advanced glycation end products, or A.G.Es for short, form most commonly through a process called glycation. Glycation occurs when excess glucose in the body links to the proteins in the body.

Understanding that virtually everything in your body is made up of proteins helps us understand what A.G.Es are and how they form, and most importantly how to get rid of them and prevent them from coming back.

Proteins in your body make up your skin, hair, nails, organs, flesh, muscle and more

This linking can form ‘bonds’ between these proteins. Glycated proteins, like collagen and elastin become rigid, less elastic and have reduced regenerative ability, which can lead to damage such as loosening, cracking and thinning skin. Other proteins start to produce oxidative stress and lose their ability to regenerate.

This chronic, inflammation creates skin care nightmares. It breaks down the collagen and elastin structural elements of your skin.

The result is an accelerated development of lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. It can also exacerbate existing conditions like acne and rosacea because it triggers your body’s inflammatory response system.

A.G.Es are the highest in people who are overweight, alcoholics, chemo patients, smokers, diabetics, diseased and the elderly.

Autophagy

It all has to do with autophagy (pronounced ‘aw-toph-faygy’). It’s comes from a Greek word which means to ‘self-devour’ and it means exactly that. Autophagy is when your cells turn into little pacman and seek out other cells that aren’t doing their job properly, like those that have accumulated A.G.Es and basically eats them. These faulty, outdated cells are then recycled to produce new, healthier cells that function more optimally.

What Does This Mean For Our Skin?

As we now know, proteinous cells make up virtually everything in your body (our hair, skin, eyes, organs, muscle etc.), all of which have a limited lifespan. Fortunately, these cells can be recycled.

Intermittent fasting is the only known way to induce autophagy. It also has a profound impact on reducing glycation, A.G.Es and oxidative stress to our cells.

Autophagy is especially important for your skin, because collagen proteins have a longer life than other proteins which may result in it accumulating more damage through A.G.Es.

Intermittent fasting and calorie restriction has been shown to significantly slow this process.

Want better skin? Start fasting today.

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