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Give your skin, brain and im­mune sys­tem some love this week

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - NEWS -

Try this… MAKE- UP- FREE WEEK­ENDS

Think of it as the 5: 2 diet for your skin. ( Thanks for the in­spi­ra­tion, Ali­cia Keys.) Giv­ing your face a break from all those pow­ders and po­tions al­lows your pores to clear and en­cour­ages new cells to form, which re­sults in a brighter com­plex­ion.

Do this… LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE

If you’re not a glass-half-full per­son, this is the week to work on it. Do­ing so can make your im­mune sys­tem tougher, your heart health­ier and help you score some ex­tra life years, Har­vard Univer­sity re­searchers say.

Ditch this… DIET SOFT DRINKS

As­par­tame, a com­mon sugar sub­sti­tute in these drinks, ac­tu­ally in­creases hunger and blocks en­zymes that pre­vent obe­sity, Mas­sachusetts Gen­eral Hospi­tal re­searchers say.

Add this… SPICES

Not for the sake of your taste­buds but your brain. Gin­ger pro­tects brain cells, nut­meg may slow cog­ni­tive de­cline and cin­na­mon im­proves mem­ory. Time to get bak­ing, we think.

Eat this… NUTS

Just a hand­ful ( 20g) of any nut ev­ery day can cut heart dis­ease risk by 30 per cent, cancer risk by 15 per cent and di­a­betes by 40 per cent, a study by Im­pe­rial Col­lege Lon­don has found. Plus, it can also in­crease life­span by 22 per cent.

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