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The Secret to Healthy, Glowing Skin Is So Simple You'll Freak Out

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We're always so quick to try the newest diet or embark on an expensive cleanse in an effort to be healthy and look our best. But sometimes the secret to a healthy, attractive body is right in front of our faces, and we didn't even know it. Don't you hate when that happens?

This new study out of Britain is one of those that seems completely obvious, but most of us could still probably learn from it. It suggests that the secret to healthy, glowing skin comes not from expensive creams or trendy treatments, but rather something much more boring and accessible -- eating fruit and vegetables. Really, it couldn't be more common sensical. Yet, how many of us opt for the burger over the salad?

According to the study, which included 35 research participants, eating red, orange, and yellow fruits and vegetables may contribute to a deepening of natural red and yellow skin coloration and change your skin's tone. You know what this translates to, right? Eating these types of foods may improve your complexion and make it look more healthy and glowing.

This is something I noticed myself when I gave up sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and dairy for three weeks at the beginning of the year and ate mostly whole grains and fresh produce: My body felt great and my skin looked amazing! But as soon as I added those things into my diet again, my complexion went back to normal.

Unfortunately, what the study leaves out is how many fruits and veggies we actually need to eat to improve our skin. But you can never eat too many of these foods, so why not start loading up? It fascinates me to no end about how we react to these studies as if they actually contain new information. We've known forever that incorporating lots of fruits and vegetables into your diet can go a long way to improve overall health. So it shouldn't be so shocking that good skin would be an added benefit. And yet sometimes the simplest things are the most difficult for us to comprehend.

Do you eat enough fruits and vegetables?

Written by Kim Conte on CafeMom's blog, The Stir.

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