(Foreword: This is the continuation of our response to Marietta 2021 on her concern on her aged looks.)

DEAR Marietta 2021,

Now, here's more to your list.

10. Potato Chips

The trans fatty acids in potato chips will stimulate the interleukin 6, which is a marker of inflammation, and is associated with aging. Moreover, fried and deep-fried oils, even if they are made with vegetable oils, can impair cell respiration and slow down immune functions. So, get whole grain crackers or chopped veggies like zucchini sticks or celery, instead.

11. High-Salt Foods

These foods can cause you to retain water and feel bloated, which can make your skin look puffy and tired. Moreover, some early studies show that they can damage the DNA, shortening telomeres and making you age fast.

12. Pepperoni Pizza

The nitrates and other compounds in processed meats, such as pepperoni, are pro-inflammatory, which favors aging from inside out. So, if you want pizza, go for veggie toppings instead.

13. High Fructose Corn Syrup

Excessive sugar is damaging to that youth. But, high fructose corn syrup is believed to be the worst kind for your skin and to your overall health.

14. Canned Soup

They are loaded with sodium. And the amount of sodium you see on the label is multiplied for every 1-cup serving. And if there are two servings for the whole can, then you get double the dose.

15. Phosphate-Laden Meat

Conventional red meat are pumped with phosphates to improve their shelf life, tenderness, and flavor. Even though these phosphates are necessary to help our cells function, but, excess of them cannot be processed by the body, causing them to build up. And multiple studies have linked high levels of serum phosphates to higher rates of heart disease, chronic kidney disease, weak bones, and even premature death.

Good luck!

Dr. Fritz

(Dr. Fritz Legarde Espedilla is an aesthetic dermatologist and surgeon and a clinical sexologist. She is also trained in hypnotherapy and Medical Acupuncture. She is the co-host of digital page of Superbalita. She has been in the broadcast media for more than a decade and has written a book based on her 15 year stint with her radio program, "Healthy is Sexy Secrets ni Dr. Fritz." For your questions, you may e-mail them to dokfritz@yahoo.com. If you don't wish your letter to be published, we regret that we cannot answer them. Thank you for your understanding.)