You are what you eat. Our diet greatly affects how we look – from head to toe. If those fine lines, sagging skin, and flabby arms are making you feel sad, maybe it’s time that you make some tweaks in your daily diet. Here are ten of the best foods that won’t just satisfy your stomach but would also make you look younger.
1. Fatty Fish
Can’t think of a dish to prepare this evening? Why not have a hearty tuna? According to Dr Artemis P. Simopoulos, author of the Omega Diet, there’s a scientific research that says omega-3 fatty acids which come from fish act on an area in the brain that promotes good feeling. Positivism has long been associated with aging. If you keep smiling, you’ll look younger than your age. Not a fan of fish? You can eat walnuts, flaxseeds, and other plant-based sources of fish oil.
2. Lean Protein
Protein from lean meat and vegetables such as spinach, bulgur wheat, and raisins, are great sources of energy. If you’re into a workout program, you want to fuel your body with some of these foods. Be careful with animal protein. Avoid the fatty parts and stick to the lean. Energy-giving foods also include quinoa and marinara.
3. Potassium-rich Foods
To glow in the outside, you want to glow in the inside first. And if there’s any organ you want to start focusing on, it should be your heart. Foods rich in potassium, such as yogurt, spinach, almonds, blueberries, whole grains, marinara sauce, pomegranate, and the others are good for the heart. They help stabilise your blood pressure and prevent the build-up of cholesterol in the arteries.
4. Vitamin-E rich Foods
You know that exercising helps tone your muscles, shed free radicals from your body, and make you sexier. But it can be exhausting too. To boost your stamina, you want to feed yourself a dose of vitamin E. Foods high in vitamin E include sspinach, almonds, mustard greens, asparagus, bell peppers, turnip greens, etc.
5. Blueberries, cherries, and strawberries
Fruits and vegetables that are rich in lycopene and beta carotene are great for a healthy, beautiful and glowing skin. Why? These nutrients help block harmful UV rays that damage the skin. You also want to try blueberries, cherries, strawberries, kiwifruit, poblano pepper, walnuts, and kale. These fruits are also high in vitamin C which boosts collagen.
6. Fibre-rich foods
To avoid bums and fats, you want to improve your metabolism by eating lots of fibre-rich foods such as pineapples, apples, black beans, bulgur wheat, cinnamon, Greek yogurt, pistachios, and so on.
7. Antioxidant-filled Foods
There are certain fruits and veggies that are high in antioxidants such as walnuts, blueberries, curry powder, pecans, cinnamon, pomegranate juice, etc. Green tea is a great beverage choice too. It has lots of catechins and ECGCs – kinds of antioxidants that prevent the onset of serious health diseases.
8. Whole grains
Instead of white-flour cakes, white rice, and other goods made from refined grains, you want to eat more of whole grains. Refined grains can bolster your insulin levels which cause inflammation and skin damage.
9. Colourful Produce
You want to fill your plate with different kinds of fruits and veggies. The more colourful, the healthier! Fruits and veggies that have yellow, orange, and red pigments have carotenoids and antioxidants that flush away the toxins from your body.
A glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away. Wine is known to aid in maintaining healthy heart. This beverage contains resveratrol – a type of antioxidant that is believed to counteract cell death in the heart and brain. But be sure to keep your wine consumption low because no matter how healthy it is, it’s still alcohol. Don’t like the taste of wine? Have some coffee as well. But limit yourself to 2 cups a day.