18. Energy Drinks
They’re the go-to drink on the days when we’re not doing so good on energy levels. But save yourself (and your future self) the trouble of premature aging and leave them alone! “Since dehydration is one of the main factors that contributes to older-looking skin, aim to drink the recommended 8-10 glasses of water per day…and even more if you’re consuming alcohol or working out,” said Sarah-Jane Bedwell, RD, LDN, a Nashville-based nutritionist and author.
17. Baked Goods
You must’ve seen this one coming, right? Unfortunately, for those of you with a sweet tooth, this is yet one more thing you must set aside. “Baked goods and other sweets are often rich in added sugars and fat, which can lead to weight gain and poor dental health,” says Alexandra Miller, RDN, LDN, Corporate Dietitian at Medifast. “Sugar promotes an unhealthy microbiome and it is also pro-inflammatory. All of these characteristics can accelerate the aging process,” she added.
16. Bacon, Ham and Sausage
Crispy bacon, cooked ham and fried sausage taste great, but those meats can be contributing to your early aging. “Preservatives used in processed meats may create free radicals within the body,” said Lisa Hayim, MS, RD, and founder of The Well Necessities. “Free radicals lead to oxidation of your cells and DNA, and they can cause enough damage to lead to cancer or other health conditions.”