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Drink your veggies for a glowing tan

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By Cherie Calbom, MS, CN

Juicing is hot like the vibrant fashion colors for summer -- lemon, raspberry, orange, lime, and tomato. Making delicious fruit and veggie juices is great for your energy, immune system, and workout. But did you know the juices can also improve the color of your skin?

Many people wonder if they should use a self-tanning cream or slather on copious amounts of sunscreen so they can get a little color. There’s another option you may never have heard about that can give your skin a healthy golden tan the safest way possible.

A study led by Dr. Ian Stephen at the University of Nottingham revealed that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables gives you more of a healthy golden glow than the sun, according to the journal Evolution & Human Behavior.

Instead of heading for the sun, which can irreversibly damage your skin, you can get your tan on by munching on or juicing up vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, spinach, and tomatoes. These can do double duty, depending on the ingredients you choose. In my newest book, The Juice Lady’s Big Book of Juices and Green Smoothies, I share recipes for veggie combinations that soothe headaches, cleanse the liver, boost endorphins, and help heal stomach ulcers, among other ailments. To think you can get all that and a beautiful tanned appearance!

Most people just don’t eat enough brightly colored vegetables and fruit to make a difference in their skin tone or their overall health. Have two glasses of freshly made veggie and fruit juice a day, and you’ve sipped four servings. That will make a difference in how you look.

Dr. Stephen and his team found that people who eat more portions of fruits and vegetables per day have an attractive golden skin color thanks to substances called carotenoids. These antioxidants help soak up toxins and damaging compounds produced by the stresses of everyday living, poor food choices, and environmental toxins, and are especially prevalent when the body is combating disease.

Cherie Calbom, MS, CN, is the author of 21 books, including her newest, The Juice Lady’s Big Book of Juices and Green Smoothies, and best-seller Juicing for Life, with 2 million copies sold. She has practiced as a clinical nutritionist at St. Luke Medical Center, Bellevue, Wash., and as a celebrity nutritionist.

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