As time passes skin that was one blemish-free and taut, begins to see wrinkles and spots appear almost every day. The body ages, and there is hardly a thing we can do about it. But there are ways that your diet can help contribute to helping you look younger and feel better about yourself. You are what you eat has never been truer, looking good more often than not equates eating healthy. Be it for those lustrous tresses or your skin, be it to lose those extra pounds or to increase your energy levels, eating right can make all the difference.

But the question remain, what kind of foods must one include in their diet on a regular basis to look younger and healthier. Food items that are packed with nutrients are fruits, whole grains, nuts, fish,vegetables and lean protein. The important thing is to find what balance of nutrients suits your body type best. There is more to food than mere taste, go beyond your palate to give yourself that extra edge that comes of eating healthy.

While no one can ever completely stall the march of time, here are some foods that can be very handy in keeping the signs of aging and ill-health at bay:

Oats

This is truly a breakfast of champions, and the smart cook also understands how to include oats in dishes other than just breakfast. It is packed with complex carbohydrates and they are also low-glycemic. Low-glycemic foods are basically items that do not spike your blood sugar. High-glycemic foods can cause a number of skin problems including acne and wrinkles adding to the many symptoms of aging. Just one cup of oats and 70% of your daily need of manganese is fulfilled. The soluble fiber in oats can also help lower your cholesterol levels. This amazing food can also help prevent skin irritation and prevent damage to skin cells.

Black Beans:

A brilliant addition to either vegetarian or non-vegetarian meals, black beans are packed with proteins,fiber, antioxidants and micronutrients. These amazing little legumes have 3.7 milligrams of iron, 46 milligrams of calcium and 611 milligrams of potassium per cup. High in fiber, these protein packed beans help lower the bad-cholesterol in your blood stream and aid the digestive functions. A healthy stomach is the key to healthy skin and other bodily functions. The antioxidants content of black beans is more than any other variety of beans. These antioxidants neutralize free radicals and help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and other diseases.

Olive Oil:

Researchers from the Seven Countries Study concluded, forty years ago, that the low rates of heart disease and cancer on the Greek island of Crete was because of the monounsaturated fats in olive oil.The monounsaturated fatty acids found in olive oil can help reduce the risk of heart disease and may also help normalize blood clotting. Research has also shown that this oil can be very useful for those with type-2 diabetes. This oil also contains essential polyphenols and antioxidants that can play a crucial role in helping stave off age related diseases as well.

Nuts:

Make nuts a part of your daily dietary intake, be it the calcium rich almond packed with its heart protecting flavonoids or the mineral rich cashews that can help protect your memory. Studies support the understanding that nuts are generally a far healthier snack than any salted snack that we usually reach out for. Not only that these nuts are rich in antioxidants that can help you feel young and stay healthier and more energetic.

Ginger:

This ancient wonder spice is considered to be a treasure trove of medicinal value by ancient and modern medicine practitioners. Ginger has a host of benefits that can not only help you feeling young again but also feel healthier. Eating ginger can help you feel hungry again and aids in the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body. Ginger can also help overcome post-operative nausea and stomach cramps. A common go-to remedy for battling the flu and cold, ginger has properties that can help you feel reenergized and young again.

There are some amazing foods out there that can help you lead a healthier life. Looking young is all about feeling young, and feeling so comes with being healthy. Stay your course towards a healthy lifestyle with these amazing foods.

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