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May 08, 2013  | by: Amanda Fiore
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So it is true, you can have your cake and eat it too- well maybe not cake- but you can look fabulous by eating. We’ve all heard of so-called super foods like fruits and vegetables, that keep our skin and hair in tip-top shape, but these beauty foods are ones that most of us would have never guessed.  So go ahead and indulge, eat these next five beauty foods to put your best face first!

Coffee has a bad rep. People are told to stay away from java because its caffeine and stimulant properties. We are warned that coffee is dehydrating and a definitely a diet no-no, but what we aren’t told is that coffee is full of rich antioxidants. One cup of coffee has more antioxidants that one-cup of fruit! Drinking one to two cups of coffee each day will put those antioxidants at work, protecting your skin from sun damage and aging.

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Believe it or not, cocoa is a beauty food! Eating a Hershey’s chocolate bar or pigging out on chocolate truffles are not going to make enhance your beauty, but pure, unsweetened cocoa powder will! Natural cocoa powder has both antioxidants and fiber that have health benefits that protect your hair and skin. So stir some cocoa into hot milk or coffee to transform your drink to a beauty beverage.

When life gives you lemons, take them! Lemons are rich in vitamin C, which has detoxifying properties that clean our your system and clear your skin in the process. Squeeze lemon juice into water, smoothies, and teas, or add lemon juice to a salad dressing. Not only do lemons brighten a room, they add a glow to your face and brighten your skin!

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This food is notorious for stinky breath but does wonders for your skin. Yes, garlic is a beauty food. Garlic has anti-aging antioxidants and the mineral Selenium, which keeps, not only your skin glowing, but also your hair and nails healthy as well. Add some garlic to vegetables or protein for maximum beauty benefits.

Pumpkins are an autumn must have! Pumpkins are a staple for any home in the fall months but what people do not know is that pumpkins can be used all year round, not for decoration but as a beauty food. Pumpkins contain pumpkin seeds, which are high in vitamin A and zinc, which help fight inflammation, acne, and dry skin. Adding a few tablespoons of pumpkin seeds to your morning cereal or afternoon salad is a step in the right direction for attaining healthy, vibrant skin!

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