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For healthy, radiant skin nourish
from the inside out

The skin is the largest organ. It protects our insides from the outside world, and it often takes a beating from our lifestyles. The state of the skin is often an indication of what’s going on in our internal environment and, in particular, a reflection of our diet.

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Time For A Cleanse.
Boost Your Metabolism and
Eliminate Your Toxins

A fast can be a terrific weight-loss method. During
a fast, the primary source of fuel for the cells is fat. Of course, an improperly done fast can actually sabotage weight loss by disrupting your metabolism. The wrong kind of fasting can also threaten your health by stressing your liver, clogging your colon, and flooding your bloodstream with the oil soluble toxins that your body had been storing
in its fat.

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Teens, eat your veggies!
Results from the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) 2010 National Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Study are in, and they’re not good—data from more than 10,000 high school students shows that one-third of American teenagers eat vegetables less than once a day, and nearly one-third of teens eat fruit less than once a day. Dietary guidelines recommend 1.5 cups of fruits and 2.5 cups of veggies for girls, and 2 cups of fruit and 3 cups of vegetables for boys this age who participate in less than 30 minutes of physical activity every day. Active teenagers are encouraged to consume even more.

A diet high in fruits and vegetables is associated with a decreased risk of many diseases and can aid in weight management, and not eating enough may be putting kids at risk. How can you get your teen to eat more fruits and veggies? Here are some ideas:

  • Send her to school with a bagged lunch.
  • Keep a bowl of fresh fruits on the counter. Cut up fruits and veggies and keep in small baggies in the fridge for easy access.
  • Serve fruits and veggies at every meal. Add fruit to cereal or yogurt, and keep fruit in the freezer to add to smoothies.

“Encourage Kids to Eat More Fruits & Veggies,” www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov • “Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among High School Students—United States, 2010,” CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 11/25/11
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