10 Food That Might Be Speeding Up Your Aging Process

4. Frozen Meals

A single frozen meal can have half the sodium of a normal daily intake. When you consume too much salt, your kidneys become flooded and you drink more than usual. Any surplus water will migrate to your hands and face, which have less salt in them than other parts of your body. That’s what gives you a puffy appearance. Oxidative stress and inflammation—both of which are linked to dehydration—as well as ultra-processed meals are common causes of telomere atrophy. The imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants brought on by oxidative stress can have a number of effects, including weakened immunity and aging skin.

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