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BEAUTY FOODS THE SECRET TO BEAUTY RESTS WITH NUTRITION BY JULIE MANCUSO

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uch is written on what women can do to mask common beauty concerns, but most of these ways are superficial. Because beauty starts from within, cosmetics should augment and accentuate features, not cover up evident health problems and deficiencies. A woman’s diet plays a vital role in her health, and this includes her beauty. The formula is simple: to bring about beauty more naturally, certain foods should be avoided, while others should be eaten more frequently. Seeking nutrition and wellness advice, many of my female clients appear mystified by the impact food selection has on beauty. The impact, however, cannot be denied. Before applying topical treatments or turning to more invasive methods to achieve beauty, women should consider taking a closer look at their food selection as the first course of action in dealing with these beauty problems:

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CELLULITE Colloquially known as “cottage cheese,” cellulite afflicts women no matter what age, weight, and body composition. According to health.com, “cellulite occurs when underlying fat deposits begin to push through layers of collagen fibre, or connective tissue, under the skin.” To curb cellulite from a nutritional standpoint, here’s a fourpronged approach: 1. The intake of salt needs reducing. Reason being, salt causes water retention, making the cellulite more visible. Canned foods, processed meats, pickles, potato chips, many condiments, takeout food, and appropriately enough, cottage cheese, should be consumed in limited amounts. 2. Drinking water helps to keep that connective tissue strong and flexible, acting as a barrier against the fat eagerly waiting to peer through. Water intake can be supplemented with more

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