Reader Q: Do I Need to Detox?

Should detoxing be part of my beauty routine?

Q:  Do I need to detox?

A: That depends on two things:

1) what your current diet looks like

2) what detox means to you

‘Detox’ has become a quick answer to weight loss, turning it into a crash diet for many people. Detox now involves anything from consuming only juices for weeks at a time, to taking supplements, shakes, and powders, either in addition to meals or as meal replacements.

 

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For Gorgeous Skin, Cut Sugar, but DON'T Cut These Sugar-Packed Foods!

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Being sugar-conscious is one of the smartest things you can do for your skin, simple as that.

But while you're working on cutting refined sugar (you know, the added sugars you get in just about every processed food, from granola bars to yogurt to cereals and tomato sauce), there's one type of sugar-containing food that you SHOULD NOT eliminate...fruit!

'But doesn't fruit contain just as much sugar as some processed foods?' you ask. Good question.

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Help or Hype? Supplements and Snacks that Promise to Beautify

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Would you pop a pill for pretty?

In the latest issue of Organic Spa magazine, I take on the topic of nutricosmetics and nutriceuticals—foods or supplements that promise beauty benefits. If you've noticed of these products on shelves lately, you've pinpointed a major trend that doesn't show any sign of letting up. For my article I spoke experts including Jody Villecco, Nutritionist and Quality Standards Coordinator for Whole Foods Market, who confirmed that nutriceuticals and nutricosmetics are taking up an increasing amount of shelf space in stores.

So, are they help or hype?

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Super-Slimming Summer Beauty Foods

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You’re heading to the beach or pool this weekend, and you want to make sure your bathing suit fits just right.  You could cross your fingers that you wake up on Saturday with a flat belly, or you could get proactive by filling your diet with naturally slimming, seasonal beauty foods. Where to start? It’s all about cutting back on the foods that cause you to retain water and pack on the pounds, while adding in the delicious summer beauty foods that have powerful de-bloating properties. These foods are natural diuretics, meaning they fight fluid retention, a common hot weather beauty complaint.

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Which Coconut Water is Best for Beauty?

If you've sipped a coconut water lately, you're in good company. Coconut water drinks are everywhere.

So, is coconut water as healthy as some companies claim?

Which of the coconut water brands on the grocery store shelf packs the most beautifying bang for you buck?

To answer that question, let's look at the reasons we drink bottled* coconut water:

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Detox Your Diet

Spring is the perfect season to reset your body to a cleaner, lighter eating pattern, one that you can continue throughout the year. Find out how to start detoxing today, and enter to win a homeopathic detox remedy to support your spring cleanse!

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Beauty Foodie: Gomasio

If your skin and your taste buds have been looking for a little extra something of late, you've gotta get gomasio. Sprinkle a few teaspoons of dry gomasio over salad, grains, cooked vegetables, popcorn, etc. (you'll have a hard time finding meals that it doesn't go well with) and you've got a boost of iron, calcium, amino acids and protein, as well as a much more nutritious way to lightly salt your food.

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Forget Roses; Celebrate VDay with these Floral Chocolates

Cacao is a major beauty food. Skip the low quality chocolates that are thinned out with oils, cheap sweeteners and dairy, and go for the real stuff: dark chocolate, organic or raw. Wei of Chocolate dark chocolates go a step further by introducing body-balancing flower essences into each divine piece...

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Glow, on the Go

We've all had mornings when there's just no time to fire up the blender, days when getting to the market for fresh greens is an impossibility, and road trips when there seems to be nothing healthy to eat for miles. Here's one way to get your glow, on the go...

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