The Real Reason Dairy May Be Aging You Quicker

Unfortunately for those who love their youth, no amount of money or mighty amount of willpower can stop time. And even with all the fingers crossed in the world, we're still getting older as the days fly by. We can't stop aging, but we can prevent some of its more noticeable signs. Hair dye can cover those greys. A good posture can make you more attractive. Even our diets can help slow down the process of aging. "A healthy diet includes fewer processed foods without added sugars, fats, and salt," Benjamin Epstein, a family medicine specialist with Piedmont Physicians, tells The Healthy. To slow down aging, Epstein recommends whole grains, lean meat proteins, legumes, and five or more servings of fruits and veggies daily.

Unfortunately, not all of our favorite food groups can claim to have the fighting power to reduce the signs of aging. In fact, many have the opposite. And this includes dairy.

Dairy could be affecting your skin and stress levels

Milk, cheese, and yogurt lovers beware. Healthline claims that for some people, dairy products can increase inflammation in their bodies, thus increasing the levels of oxidative stress. And in a vicious cycle of dominos, oxidative stress is known to be a major cause of premature aging.

In addition to increased levels of stress-related, dairy foods can wreak havoc on your skin if your body can't process the grilled cheese or glass of milk too easily. "Dairy foods can cause some individuals to get skin reactions, such as eczema or psoriasis, itchy red, scaly patches on the skin that are inflamed," says Amy Shapiro, registered dietitian and founder and director of Real Nutrition in New York City to The Healthy. Luckily there is hope. " ... Oftentimes, when we eliminate dairy, the skin improves," she adds.

Increased stress and skin issues can definitely add a few years to our whole look. If you suspect the wonders of the cow is taking a toll on your image, consider laying off for a few weeks — or months — to see if a younger-looking self will be staring back at you in the mirror.