7 Foods That Are Aging You

Find out which foods can hold you back from looking and feeling your best.

7 Foods That Are Aging You

While staying on top of your skincare regimen is always a good idea, if you want to look and feel your best, it has to start from within. By drinking plenty of water, eating lots of fresh produce, getting enough sleep, and exercising on a regular basis, you can stay healthy and gain a glowing complexion at the same time. Wondering which foods are worth avoiding on your quest to younger-looking skin? We spoke to Rachel Swanson, MS, RD, LDN, who uncovered seven major offenders.

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Soups, Sauces, and Salad Dressings

These hidden sources of sugar are about to get the spotlight because it’s time to unveil the not-so-sweet details. Just because a product doesn't taste sweet, doesn't mean the nutrition label shouldn't be examined before buying. Even those whole-food based condiments can be packing more sugar than a handful of chocolate. Unfortunately, cutting out the usual sugary suspects in the pantry like cereal or granola is really only half the problem. Experiment by tallying up the amount of sugar in each bottle, can, or container for an entire day — the results will shock you. With higher sugar levels being associated with higher perceived age, you should start checking those nutrition fact panels ASAP. Chronic elevation of blood sugar means collagen and elastin will suffer, a side effect that's not so sweet for the skin.

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Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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