Taken from January's issue of Fitness magazine.
" Before reaching for that cookie, chew on this: For every single gram of refined carbohydrates (think sugary desserts and white breads and pastas) that we consume, our bodies retain 2.7 grams of water, says Jeffery Morrison, M.D., a nutrition specialist in New York City. Short term, that can mean a bloated belly and puffy eyes, but over time you'll notice flaky skin, brittle hair and chipped nails. "That's because refined carbs contain no moisturizing fatty acids or protective antioxidants," Dr. Morssion explains. He suggests eating two one-cup servings of antioxidant-rich fruits (blueberries are a great source) a day and two five ounce servings of fish (wild salmon and Atlantic mackerel are two of the healthiest choices) per week. "