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Article: How Sugary Drinks Affect Your Skin

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How Sugary Drinks Affect Your Skin

According to a study by Harvard University, approximately 160 million Americans consume a sugary drink every day, and one in four of those drinks have at least 200 calories.

You already know that drinking more water and keeping your skin hydrated helps fight wrinkles, breakouts, cracks and redness. There are countless studies on how ingesting too many sugary drinks like soda, diet soda, Gatorade, Kool-Aid and sweet tea affect your body and general health—but what about your skin?
According to medical experts, the sugar content (including sugar alternatives like aspartame and other artificial sweeteners) in drinks like soda can cause breakouts, oiliness, wrinkles and other signs of aging. Soda is loaded with refined sugar, and drinking it in excess can lead to increased blood sugar and fat levels. This can lead to your body producing more insulin, which leads to inflammation and clogged pores.
Aside from sugar, soda also contains caffeine and other acidic ingredients, which can contribute to dry skin and itching. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that drinks contribute the most sugar to the typical American diet. Soda and sports drinks can lead to inflammatory issues with skin, causing wrinkles, rough texture and high oil content.
While it is okay to indulge in a sweet drink every once in a while, drinking a lot of water is the way to achieve youthful, glowing skin. Plus, water keeps your body temperature normal, is great for joint health and aids in digestion.
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