Five things you Probably Don’t Know about Thanksgiving

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When you gather your friends and family together for Thanksgiving this year, give a thought to the pilgrims and the Native Americans as you sit down to enjoy your annual feast.

According to SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, there are probably a few things that you didn’t know about one of America’s favorite holidays. As hard as it may seem to believe, nearly every belief about Thanksgiving has either changed or developed into new facets and traditions.

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These days the first thought about turkey day is stuffing yourselves with great food; however, Thanksgiving wasn’t also about feasting. Before the 17th century, Thanksgiving was more about mediation, prayer, and hold on to your hat for this one, fasting.

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Historians are still scratching their heads when it comes to Thanksgiving, as there are no recorded instances of the colonists sharing a feast with the Native Americans after harvests, or any other time for that matter. The pilgrims and the Native Americans had a long history of violence so it is quite unlikely that the two groups gathered together for Thanksgiving.

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Eating turkey doesn’t make you fall asleep. Contrary to popular belief, it is most probably the wine and other alcoholic libations that make you sleepy. Tryptophan, the ingredient in turkey that supposedly makes you go to sleep needs to be consumed on an empty stomach and even then the amino acids that are in the protein will reach your brain before it can take effect. According to National Geographic, soybeans contain much more tryptophan than turkey does. No wonder people who go on a tofurkey binge are the first to pass out. For those that are unaware, tofu is the main ingredient in tofurkey and tofu is made from soybeans.

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The first TV dinner actually came from an overabundance of turkey when a company known as Swanson and Sons found themselves stuck with about 250 tons of turkey. A salesman by the name of Gerry Thomas came up with the idea to form an assembly line where employees used spatulas and ice-cream scoops to fill 5,000 aluminum trays full of turkey, corn-bread dressing, peas and sweet potatoes creating the first ever TV dinner. Mr. Thomas admitted to getting the idea from those packaged airline food trays.

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The popular Christmas Carol, Jingle Bells, was originally a Thanksgiving song. Composer James Pierpont wrote the song for children celebrating turkey day in 1857. It became so popular that it was repeated at Christmas as well with people singing it again, and again.

This Thanksgiving SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE would like you to take a moment to be thankful for family, friends, and everything that you enjoy on your table. Happy Thanksgiving!

Can a Poor Diet Really Affect your Skin?

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If you have been dealing with uncontrollable breakouts lately, it could have something to do with your skin care products, your diet, or a combination of both. If you are using a skin care system that is loaded with chemicals, your skin could suffer. Add a poor diet to the mix, and you are really asking for trouble. Your skin is a reflection of the rest of your body and if you aren’t careful about what you put in your mouth, it will eventually affect how your skin looks and feels.

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40 years ago, studies indicated that there wasn’t a link between breakouts and a poor diet, but in recent years, new research is supporting a new way of thinking about diet and skin health.

One of the best ways to improve the health and tone of your skin is to watch your blood sugar. Keeping it steady is important if you want to keep insulin spikes under control. Pushing your blood sugar high and fast will create more insulin in your bloodstream, which may play a starring role when it comes to acne. Avoid processed sugars and try to eat smaller meals more often as it can help keep your insulin levels steady. Eat a diet that is loaded with vegetables, especially those that are bright and deep colored as they are loaded with antioxidants.

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Although there is no direct link between acne and dairy, the theories are out there. Dr. F. William Danby explained back in 2008 that there could be a direct relation between the two because of the testosterone in milk. Dr. Danby, a skin expert, reported that testosterone might stimulate oil glands that could lead to acne. If you do cut back on dairy, make sure that you consult with your doctor as dairy is an important source of vitamin D and calcium that help build strong bones and teeth.

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Fatty acids in the food that you eat can either dampen or support skin inflammation. Too much inflammation and your skin will suffer. Make sure that you are balancing out your omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids or you will notice an imbalance. Try using less canola, safflower, corn oil, and replace with olive or coconut oil. Buy eggs and beef that is grass fed and eat more mackerel and salmon, and don’t forget to include lots of healthy fruits and vegetables.

A good diet and healthy skin care routine go hand in hand, and if you want to get back on track order natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE now.

Healing Herbs for Skin from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE

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The amazing herbal complex in the all-natural skin care line from SOUHTWEST SUNSHINE is blended without excessive heat and is loaded with healing herbs for skin. This preserves the natural properties of the herbs that include Rosemary Leaves, Comfrey Leaves, Jaborandi Leaves, Aloe Vera Gel, Arnica Flowers, Watercress, Chamomile Flowers, and Allantoin.

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The chamomile plant extract is well known for its relaxing properties and as a treatment for fevers and colds, but chamomile flowers are also very beneficial for the skin and an incredible part of the herb that is another one of nature’s miracles. With a number of powerful benefits for your skin, chamomile flowers, another one of the healing herbs for skin from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE contain alpha-bisabolol that can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by speeding up the skins natural healing process. Alpha-bisabolol also acts as an anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant.

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Watercress is delicious in salads and is still a popular sandwich for afternoon tea in the Britain; however, watercress sandwiches may also have other health and skin benefits as well. Watercress, another one of the awesome healing herbs for skin from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, is a leafy green that is packed full of vitamins and minerals. This anti-oxidant rich vegetable contains Vitamins, A, B1, B2, B6, C, E and K and is known for beautifying the complexion.

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The aquatic plant is chocked full of antioxidants including calcium, iron and iodine, which are all great for your skin. Recent studies have indicated that consuming watercress daily will increase your antioxidant levels for skin and overall body health. With that being said, you can only imagine what an all-natural skin care line, such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can do for your skin, especially when it is loaded with so many healing herbs for skin.

Allantoin was discovered back in 1912 and is the active ingredient in the comfrey root. In 1935, allantoin was used in many cosmetic and pharmaceutical formulations because of its healing properties. With just a few applications, allantoin has been shown to help skin regeneration, reduce flaking, and soothe irritated skin.

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Preserved with grapefruit seed extract, the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE all-natural skin care product line is affordable and perfect for all skin care types, even those who are prone to allergies. Grapefruit seed extract is a compound that is rich in antioxidants and bioflavonoids. Grapefruit seed extract also contains Vitamins A, C, and E and contains antifungal, antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral properties.

When it comes to healing herbs for skin, you won’t find a better complex than SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. Order your all-natural skin care system today.

The History of Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is coming up quickly and if you want to surprise the special woman in your life with a gift that keeps on giving, order a skin care system or another all-natural organic skin care product from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE that will keep her glowing all day long.

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Modern Day American Mother’s Day dates back to the middle of the 19th century before the civil war when Ann Reeves Jarvis from West Virginia started the Mother’s Day Work Clubs. The clubs were meant to teach women how to care for their own children. It is interesting to note that these clubs were quite important after the war and became a unifying force in a country that was still divided. In 1868, Jarvis started Mother’s Friendship Day, which helped mother’s gather together with both Confederate and Union soldiers for reconciliation.

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Mother’s Day in America began back in 1908 becoming an official holiday in 1914. Created by Ann Jarvis, Daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis, Mother’s Day was a way to celebrate motherhood all over the country, Jarvis later denounced Mother’s Day because it became so commercialized. In fact, Jarvis was so upset that she spent the rest of her life trying to have it removed from the calendar.

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Although some dates may vary with other countries celebrating Mothers Day on different days, Mothers Day usually falls on the second Sunday in May. Traditional gifts for Mothers Day include cards, flowers, chocolates and of course, Sunday brunch.

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Mother’s Day may be a relatively new celebration in the United States, but it actually dates back to the ancient Romans and Greeks who held Mother’s Day festivals honoring Cybele and Rhea, the mother goddesses.

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Mothering Sunday was a Christian festival that used to be a major tradition in Europe and the United Kingdom falling on the Fourth Sunday during lent.

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Mothering Sunday was meant to be seen as a time when the faithful would pay homage while returning to the, “Mother Church.” Eventually, “Mothering Sunday,” because more secular with husbands, grandfathers and children presenting their mothers with tokens of appreciation that included flowers and gifts of love. When Mother Sunday faded completely during the 1940’s, it merged with America to become Mother’s Day.

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Much has changed since the early beginnings of Mother’s Day, but not the gift giving, and if you want to give the special woman in your life something that will make her glow on her favorite holiday and for the rest of the year, order all natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

Treating Skin Disorders in Pets

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Skin disorders in pets are one of the most common issues that people have when it comes to dogs, cats, horses and even goats and potbelly pigs.

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Veterinarians will tell you that problems can occur anywhere on the skin including the bottoms of the paws the ears and around your pet’s lips.

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Whatever the symptoms may be, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE may be able to help with Herbal Healing gel made from healing herbs that could bring relief.

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Skin disorders in pets are difficult to ignore, and although there could be many things to blame, there are some major symptoms to watch out for including head shaking, chewing, licking, scratching, scooting or dragging, hair loss, a thinning coat or a bad smell even after you have bathed your pet.

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Some of the most common skin disorders in pets include parasites. Your pet could have lice, mites, ticks, or fleas. If parasites are present, it is imperative that you take your pet to the vet who can determine the cause of the skin allergy. Food allergies, warts, and scabs could also be to blame for skin disorders in pets. In some cases cancer, tumors and endocrine disease could also be the cause. If you notice any of these symptoms see your vet and place an order for the Herbal Healing Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

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Skin disorders in pets are sometimes difficult to diagnose and require a thorough an accurate history. Your veterinarian will need to know if your pet is on any type of medications, including those that were purchased, “Over the counter.” Let your vet know what products you use to groom your pet, your pets travel history and what treats and foods you feed your cat, dog, horse, goat, pot belly pig or any other animal that may be suffering from skin disorders. Be armed with as many details as possible so that your vet can come up with a proper diagnosis.

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 The treatment for skin disorders in pets may vary and will greatly depend on the underlying cause; however, simple treatments including the application of the all-natural SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Herbal Healing Gel can help relieve some of the pain and itching. Order yours today.

Kissable Lips and Sparkling Eyes with All Natural Eye and Lip Cream

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Soft, silky, and kissable lips are important all year round, but especially on Valentine’s Day, and thanks to SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, you can have the lips that you have always wanted without spending a fortune on products.

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Before you get your lips ready with the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Longest Lasting Lipsticks, prep them with the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Eye and Lip Cream. This amazing all natural product is the perfect solution to dry, chapped lips and those tiny little lines that seem to creep up around your eyes. Best of all you only need one product to protect your lips and eyes, which are the two features that you want to shine on Valentine’s Day.

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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Eye and Lip Cream is perfect for softening those lines around your lip. The conditioner in the Eye and Lip Cream also helps reduce under eye puffiness and lighten those dark circles that you can’t seem to get rid of.

Because the Eye and Lip Cream Herbal Complex softens your lines and wrinkles with a combination of natural aromatic botanical oils and stimulating herbs, you can kiss those laugh lines goodbye.

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Like all of the other products available from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, the Eye and Lip Cream contains the Herbal Healing gel along with Chamomile Flower, Watercress, Arnica Flower, Jaborandi Leaves, Rosemary Leaves, Comfrey Leaves, cloves and Saponins. All of these ingredients combined not only help to eliminate puffy eyes, but will also smooth your lips without irritation. Because the Eye and Lip Cream is quickly absorbed and is all-natural, you do not have to deal with products that sting after application.

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The Eye and Lip Cream from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE does not contain dyes, perfumes, or colors making it excellent for people who wear contacts or those with sensitive eyes.

This Valentine’s Day spoil yourself and your face with the all natural Eye and Lip Cream from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

Spend Black Friday with SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE

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These days people line up for days just to score bargains on Black Friday. Some even forgo Thanksgiving dinner to scoop up great deals on Black Friday, but it doesn’t always have to be that way.

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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week and doesn’t require a sleeping bag or an ice chest for Black Friday.

Of course, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is offering a fantastic Black Friday deal where you can purchase organic skin care products from the comfort of your home or office.

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Buy an organic skin care system online and you may get to enjoy a real Thanksgiving for the first time in five years.

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All of the products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE are safe for everyone in your family, including your furry friends. Smart holiday shoppers include the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE healing herbal gel in Fido’s stocking.

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Speaking of Christmas stockings why not give your daughter or best friend the Spa System. For just 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes at night, you and your family and friends can achieve healthy, radiant skin with results in as little as two weeks. The Spa System has everything needed to make your skin look younger. If you or someone you know has problem skin give the gift that keeps on giving with a Skin Care System from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

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The organic skincare products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE are all natural and so affordably priced that you can buy something for everyone on your holiday gift list this Black Friday including the men in your life.

Buy the herbal healing gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, add the Therapy Shave Gel, and don’t forget the Herbal Facial Cleanser and the Herbal Facial Moisturizer. Men and women would love this combination not to mention the teenagers on your list.

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Spend Thanksgiving at home this year and do your Black Friday shopping with SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

Shaving Does Not Have To Be Uncomfortable Thanks To Therapy Shave Gel

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Both men and women have problems when it comes to shaving, but thanks to the all-natural Therapy Shave Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE everyone can have smooth skin after removing facial, underarm and leg hair. Kiss that bikini line goodbye with the help of the all-natural Therapy Shave Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

That red rash that occurs doesn’t always happen right after shaving. Razor burn can occur up to four days after shaving, just as the hair on your legs or on your face starts to grow back.

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All sorts of things including blunt blades, skin that is ultra sensitive, shaving with too much pressure, and running the blade across your skin too fast, can cause razor burn. Order the Therapy Shave Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, which will keep your skin moist during shaving, and you can kiss razor burn goodbye for good.

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Psuedofoliculitis barbae, or razor bumps, are the reaction that you get when there is an inflammation in the skin follicle. If left alone, razor bumps can actually cause scaring. The persistent problem is a direct result from shaving, causing pustules that look much like acne, to develop after shaving too close. Coarse, curly hairs will begin to grow almost immediately, but when you use the Therapy Shave Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE every time you shave, you may never have to deal with PFB again.

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Quite possibly the most painful problem that can occur when you are shaving is ingrown hairs. These little gems are caused when the broken end of a whisker or hair grows sideways and ends up curling itself back underneath your skin. Resist the urge to grab the tweezers and apply a hot washcloth, which can help calm the irritation. Topical treatments, such as the Herbal Healing Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can work wonders to help remove and sooth an ingrown hair irritation.

Acne is not much fun for anyone, but if you have to shave and you have patches of acne on your skin, it can be extremely painful. Try using the Therapy Shave Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE and follow up with Herbal Healing Gel.

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Shaving doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable fact of life, especially when you begin a good skin care regimen. Order an all-natural skin system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today.

Your Dry Skin Could Be a Health Risk

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Now that Mother Nature has decided to cooperate and the weather is warming up, it is time to shed that dry skin that has accumulated over winter. Dry skin doesn’t go away by itself, and unless you are using an all-natural family skin care line such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, your dry skin could lead to other skin conditions.

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Most people are not as concerned about dry skin as they are about acne or cellulite, but the bottom line is dry skin could cause dullness, red patches and flaking as it will intensify the fine lines on your forehead and the rest of your face making you look older than you actually are.

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Esthetics aside, dry skin can also pose health risks. According to Dr. Francesca J. Fusco, a Women’s health advisor in New York, dry skin can cause invisible cracks in your skin that could invite dangerous bacteria into other parts of your body. If your dry skin is left untreated, that bacteria could result in a deadly staph infection.

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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE advises that you gently cleanse and exfoliate your skin with the all-natural family skin care line that is non-abrasive and loaded with soothing herbs such as Arnica, Rosemary, Aloe Vera, and Chamomile Flowers. The gentle products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE will never strip the moisture from your skin, but will get rid of the outer layers of dry skin.

Soaps and some cleansers would like you to believe that they are completely safe for your skin, but the bottom line is, most facial cleansers contain an ingredient called sodium lauryl sulfate that is notorious for sucking moisture from your skin. Even if the cleanser that you have been using is free from sodium lauryl sulfate, it may not be fragrance free. If you have dry skin, it will only get worse if you use cleansers that contain perfumes and other scents.

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The facial cleaners from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, as well as the entire line of all natural family skin care products, are fragrance free, do not contain chemicals, and are never tested on animals.

Shop now and see for yourself why people with dry skin, oily skin, problem skin and perfect skin count on the all natural family skin care line from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. Order your skin care system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today.

More Healthy Foods for Your Skin

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Last week we talked about healthy foods that nourish your skin but there are a few more that you can enjoy, that will give you healthy natural looking skin. You are what you eat and adding healthy foods on the inside along with an all-natural skin care line on the outside, such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, you are sure to look and feel younger.

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There is research to suggest that easing up on dairy products may help relieve acne symptoms. Try swapping out your cow’s mile for almond or oat milk. Both of these are high in fiber, free from lactose and high in folic acid and vitamin E that help to support healthy looking skin.

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Tofu is a wonderful way to increase your protein. The soy bean product is an excellent source of calcium, vegetable protein, and unsaturated fats that can help if you are suffering from eczema of psoriasis. Try adding it to a stir-fry or sprinkle it over your salad.

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Swap out white rice and flour with whole grains and brown rice. Adding a single portion a day will provide your body and your skin with protein, magnesium, and B vitamins. Brown rice can also regulate your blood sugar, increase your energy levels, and improve your skin tone.

Beans, lentils, and peas, known as legumes contain vitamins and minerals and are loaded with fiber, which help the digestion process assisting in detoxification. Detoxing on a regular basis can help clear your skin giving you that healthy glow that you get when you use an all-natural skin care line like SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

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Avocados are an excellent source of vitamin and vitamin E and because this green fruit also contains oil, it can help stimulate collagen production that can help improve the texture and tone of your skin. Try including avocados in your diet and you will notice a reduction in skin inflammation and smoother softer skin.

Most people know how great garlic is for the body, but it is also excellent for your skin. Each garlic clove contains allicin that will react with the blood that will kill off viruses and bacteria, including acne and skin infections. Loaded with powerful antioxidants it is one of the best things that you can do for your body and your skin. To get the most from garlic, eat it raw and add it to your salad or meal just before serving.

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Alfalfa sprouts are loaded with skin clearing nutrients such as folic acid, calcium, manganese, magnesium and phosphorous, silicon, potassium, zinc and sodium along with vitamins A, B, B complex, C, E and of course, K. Why would you need to take additional vitamin supplements?

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There are dozens of foods that help clear your skin and when enjoyed with a regular skin care regimen like SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, you will begin to love the way you look.