A beautiful or handsome face glows with a healthy exuberance when the body receives proper nutrition. A proper nutrition is a diet that features whole grains, low-fat and fat-free dairy, lean meat and fish, fruit and vegetables. Avoid packaged and processed convenience foods though. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/nutrition/facts.htm, wholesome food prevents development of chronic ailments that often occur with age, including diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Providing nutrients to the skin as well as the whole body, promotes youthfulness for a lifetime.


Here are five tips for anti-aging that can make a difference to your health and appearance.

1. Shop the perimeter rim of a grocery store.
Wholesome and healthy food resides on the outer rim of a grocery store. Starting with the produce section, choose fruit and vegetables from every colour group. The deep green, yellow, red, purple, orange, blue and white colors are supposed to catch your attention and help you get nutrients to prevent signs of aging. Then, proceed to the low-fat dairy section and the refrigerated lean meat or fish cases.



2. Avoid the middle aisles of a grocery store.
Except for whole grains, the middle aisles hold food that often contains lower levels of nutrition than fresh products. They may offer filling meals that are easy to prepare, but contain high levels of salt, fat and chemicals. The Food and Drug Administration at http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/fda-recommended-sodium-intake-1873.html recommends a maximum intake of 2,300 milligrams of salt per day from all sources. Reading nutrition labels can help you avoid excessive salt in packaged meals that may exceed the recommended amount for an entire day.



3. Drink water.
The Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/21/best-anti-aging_n_2732975.html lists insufficient water consumption as an inconspicuous habit that can make you age. Keeping your body well hydrated promotes a youthful appearance while a lack of water makes your skin look papery and dry. The simple steps of drinking eight glasses of water every day and using moisturizers and anti-aging cream can give your skin the youthful appearance that you desire.



4. Steer away from processed carbohydrates.
Pasta, baked desserts and bread contain processed carbohydrates that can make you look older, according to WebMD at http://www.webmd.com/diet/is-your-diet-aging-you. Collagen in your skin keeps it flexible and resistant to wrinkles, but processed carbohydrates diminish its effectiveness.



5. Remember to exercise regularly.
Exercise influences factors that are associated with aging, according to the Mayo Clinic at http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389. It can help control weight, prevent heart disease, increase energy, elevate mood, improve sex life and make adequate sleep attainable. For an investment of as little as 30 minutes a day for most days per week, your exercise program offers anti-aging benefits for a lifetime.


Keeping a youthful appearance is often the result of establishing proper health habits at a young age, and it is never too late to start. Eating fresh food, drinking water, exercising and avoiding packaged or processed products can make valuable contributions to your health and appearance.


Youthful on the Inside: Tips to Start Anti-Aging Your Life