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The Top 5 Foods for Beauty and Health

Enough with spending all of your money on chemical-laden lotions and potions that don’t work and actually increase your toxic load! If you want a super healthy glow, it’s time to turn your attention to what is going on inside. In other words, it's all about foods for beauty. So if you suffer from acne, inflammation, or dry, flaky skin, look no further than breakfast, lunch and dinner. This means making hydrating, nutrient rich, raw foods the focal point of your meals. These five foods will help keep your skin looking radiant with a healthy glow.

5 Foods for Beauty and Health

1. Bone Broth (not suitable for vegetarians or vegans)

Sally Fallon, author of Nourishing Traditions and founder of Weston A. Price Foundation says, "broth contains minerals in a form the body can absorb easily—not just calcium, but also magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur, and trace minerals." Those quantities of collagen, gelatin and trace minerals are some of the best kept beauty secrets of broth, and it's easy to include broth in your diet. Not only does bone broth help grow beautiful hair and nails, but it is also rumored to help with the orange peel look of cellulite by strengthening the under layer of the skin. Get your daily dose in broth and you can have long and strong hair and nails, and supple, vibrant skin!

2. Cucumbers

Cucumbers are a great source of silicon, which makes our hair thick, our nails strong, and it strengthens connective tissues and bones to improve flexibility. Silicon can improve the appearance of wrinkles, and can also increase the resilience of your skin. Be sure to buy organic cucumbers, because conventional cucumbers have a waxy coating on them to make them more visually appealing. Buying organic will ensure that you're getting the natural stuff, and not missing out on any health benefits!

3. Raw Organic Cacao

Not only does chocolate taste amazing, but it can make you look and feel amazing too! Cacao is considered the "Food of the Gods" and is the world's greatest source of antioxidants, richest source of iron and magnesium, and it is an amazing source of chromium, zinc, phosphorus and manganese. Needless to say, you can enjoy a little bit everyday, guilt free! But be sure you're getting true cacao vs. processed cocoa. I will let the Cacao genius himself tell you about its beauty benefits:

4. Sprouts

These little guys are packed with goodness. If you think about it, they contain all of the essential parts to build a beautiful plant, so why wouldn’t they help us have a radiant glow? Sprouts provide a bunch of living enzymes, protein, essential vitamins and minerals, and other phytonutrients. The enzymes found in sprouts and other raw fruits and veggies work with the minerals in your body, and have all of the natural beauty effects you're looking for!

5. Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

Organic virgin coconut oil is good for both inner and outer beauty! Supermodel Miranda Kerr uses coconut oil as a part of her self-care routine. “I will not go a day without coconut oil," she said. "I personally take four tablespoons per day, either on my salads, in my cooking or in my cups of green tea.” Ingesting coconut oil stimulates weight loss by increasing the metabolic rate, and removes harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease, making it an all-around healer! It also has about 1,000 external uses in the beauty world – everything from toothpaste to conditioner to an all-natural moisturizer. It's one of the most amazing foods for beauty!

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