How To Activate Your Beauty Routine With Apple Cider Vinegar

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By Dave Asprey

appleWill it treat acne? Will it help me lose weight? How do I use apple cider vinegar?

It has been an ongoing trend. Apple cider vinegar has swept the beauty world. Numerous claims have been made about its usefulness, not only in the kitchen, but also in the boudoirs of those who seek beauty. What are these benefits? More importantly, how can it help make you beautiful?

What is Apple Cider Vinegar?

Mixing unfiltered apple juice with yeast and bacteria so it will start to ferment makes Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). This process will turn the sugars into alcohol. The alcohol is then transformed into vinegar by acid-forming bacteria, which then turn it into acetic acid, the main compound active in vinegar. Acetic acid, normally found in coffee, is a mild acid that helps boost your performance by lowering blood sugar and blood pressure as well as protecting you from harmful microbes.

Don’t be troubled if you see your ACV looking murky. Organic and unfiltered ACV contains a strand of enzymes, proteins, and friendly bacteria called “mother” which is responsible for its cloudy appearance.

Beauty must not only be skin deep

Much has been said about beauty. There are varying views on what is beautiful. For most, it is having smooth skin, glossy hair, and a fit body. For others, it is more than just the outer appearance.

The use of ACV, for example, helps not only in improving one’s appearance but also in keeping a healthier body. With ACV, you will also radiate a healthy glow from within.

Here are some of the uses and beauty benefits of ACV:

  1. Soothes heartburn and GI distress

Low stomach acid contributes to small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and heartburn. To help with this, you can take a diluted mix of ACV before a meal to relieve symptoms and increase your stomach’s acidity. You can add a tablespoon of ACV to a cup of warm water (may be flavored with lemon, cinnamon, or ginger, if you want).

ACV also contains indigestible carbs called prebiotics that help balance your gut microbiome and stimulate growth of helpful microorganism in the intestines.

  1. Helps you avoid acne

Speaking of gut microbiomes, the use of ACV may also produce glowing results on your skin. According to Dr. Trevor Holly Cates, naturopathic doctor, skin expert and author of Clean Skin from Within, “One of the big root causes behind acne has to do with the gut microbiome. What we do internally with the gut is then going to directly impact our skin health, and that includes breaking out in acne.”

She adds that the skin also has various microorganisms that live on it and protect it. It gets out of balance from either internal factors (from the gut) or from external factors like skin products that you put on. This can then cause the overgrowth of p-acne bacteria or other types of bacteria that cause acne.

ACV contains acetic acid which has antibacterial and peeling properties. This can help treat stubborn acne. A word of caution: Do not apply it straight on. You can use it as follows:

As a face mask:

WomanCreamFor a quick and easy detox mask, mix about two capsules of activated coconut charcoal with just enough ACV to make a wet paste. Apply to your face and neck. Wait for about 15 minutes then gently rinse off.

As a toner:

You can make an all-natural ACV toner using any raw, unfiltered ACV. To do so, use a 1:2 or 1:3 dilution of ACV. The acidity of an ACV toner helps to restore your skin’s pH balance after washing. The beneficial bacteria from the mother is also an additional perk. Apply with a cotton ball and do not leave on for more than a minute as vinegar can also burn your face.

  1. Prevents body odors and candida overgrowth

ACV has antimicrobial properties that help in quelling candida overgrowth. Candida is the yeast responsible for ailments like athlete’s foot, thrush, and other gut problems. A 1:1 solution of ACV and warm water can be used as a daily soak to treat athlete’s foot.

It can also be applied as a deodorant for smelly armpits. Thanks to its antimicrobial qualities, a 1:1 dilution of ACV with warm water can help shoo the odor away. Take note not to apply it to freshly shaved armpits, as it will sting.

  1. Improves hair health

ACV can also be good for your hair as a clarifying wash. To make your own hair rinse, mix 1 cup of cool water with 1 to 2 tablespoons of ACV. For those with oily hair or scalp, use more of this vinegar solution, while those with dry hair or scalp can opt for less vinegar.

Place the solution in a squeeze bottle and evenly douse your scalp and hair after washing. Don’t worry, the smell of vinegar quickly evaporates. Just be careful not to let it get into your eyes.

  1. Burns more fat to aid in weight loss

Research shows that ACV increases ketosis. This is a metabolic process wherein the body burns unwanted fat for energy in the absence of glucose from carbs.

Old and new studies suggest a link between acetic acid and ketosis to cellular health. It says that ACV increases the number of mitochondria in cells, after you’ve attained ketosis, by stimulating a certain metabolic pathway called PGC-1 alpha. This implies that the addition of ACV in your diet can improve mitochondrial efficiency which improves energy levels.

Those with diabetes must, however, consult their doctor before going on a ketogenic diet. For example, people with type 1 diabetes are more prone to developing ketoacidosis,  a serious condition wherein blood acidity rises to fatal levels.

Sweet Sensibilities

As with any food or diet trends, it is always good to consult a physician regarding the proper use of ACV. Take into consideration the appropriate amounts and the proper ratio when making a ACV solution. As an example of bad practice, drinking ACV straight up without dilution will prove to be harmful for your tooth enamel, esophagus, and stomach.

Make sure that you take care when using ACV by reading and following instructions carefully. You want to discover how to enhance your beauty without leaving a sour taste in your mouth.

– Dave Asprey is the creator of the widely popular Bulletproof Coffee, host of the #1 health podcast, Bulletproof Radio, and author of the New York Times bestselling book, “The Bulletproof Diet.” Through his work, the Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur provides information, techniques and keys to taking control of and improving your biochemistry, your body and your mind so they work in unison, helping you execute at levels far beyond what you’d expect, without burning out, getting sick, or allowing stress to control your decisions.

Partnership To Help Families Make Healthy Eating And Fitness Routine

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familyjogAlliance for a Healthier Generation and 24 Hour Fitness are joining forces to give families the power to live healthy, active lives. Through a partnership announced today, the Alliance and 24 Hour Fitness will launch Nutrition Revolution 5K, an event series in ten cities across the country that will educate and inspire children and adults to eat healthier and move more in 2015.

Nutrition Revolution 5K is an important part of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s mission to combat childhood obesity. Childhood obesity has almost tripled in children and adolescents in the past 30 years. Today about one out of three children and adolescents (ages 2-19) in the United States is overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems.

“Educating and inspiring kids and adults to develop lifelong, healthy habits is at the core of what we aim to do at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation,” says Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “We couldn’t think of a better partner than 24 Hour Fitness to join our team and launch this exciting new event series. Together, we will help families start a health revolution.”

For 24 Hour Fitness, Nutrition Revolution 5K provides another opportunity for people to get the most out of the physical activities they enjoy – and get more out of the rest of their busy days. Nutrition Revolution 5K will feature simple steps to make healthy eating and fitness a part of daily life – before, during and after the event series.

“24 Hour Fitness shares a vision with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for healthy, active living that’s within everyone’s reach,” said John Tovar, Senior Vice President, Club Operations, 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc. “We are proud to sponsor Nutrition Revolution 5K and show our commitment to families and members in the communities we serve.”

Learn more about how your family can join the revolution and make sure the finish line is only the start. Details on dates and locations for Nutrition Revolution 5K events will be posted on http://www.nutritionrevolution5K.org.

About the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, empowers kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits. The Alliance works with schools, companies, community organizations, healthcare professionals and families to build healthier environments for millions of children. To learn more and join the movement, visit HealthierGeneration.org.

About 24 Hour Fitness

Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., 24 Hour Fitness is a leading health club industry pioneer, serving nearly 4 million members in more than 400 clubs across the U.S. For more than 30 years, the company has been dedicated to helping members change their lives and reach their individual fitness goals. With convenient club locations, personal training services, innovative group exercise classes and a variety of strength, cardio and functional training equipment, 24 Hour Fitness offers fitness solutions for everyone.

Please call 1-800-224-0240 or visit 24hourfitness.com for more information and to find the club nearest you.

7 Ways To Stay Motivated When Starting A New Workout Routine With Your Teens

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By Kenny Meyers

teensBecause nearly 16 percent of kids and teens in the U.S. are overweight, it is more important now than ever for parents and kids to develop a healthy living regimen and a strategy to remain motivated to exercise. Staying active can prevent a teen’s chances of developing Type 2 diabetes or from developing cardiovascular problems. If you develop a regimen with your kids, they’re more likely to maintain good habits into their adulthood. Here are some suggestions to keep in mind when you’re looking for ways to stay motivated:

1. Explain the Importance of Health to Your Teens

Kids — like everyone else — aren’t just motivated by force; they need to know why they need to do something. If exercising doesn’t seem worthwhile, parents cannot motivate their teens to exercise simply by telling them to do so. They need to tell them why exercise is beneficial to their bodies.

Working out can help you and your teens look good and feel good, two important things to every young person’s self-esteem. Exercise can also potentially reduce acne, another great way to encourage your teens to go for that run or enroll in strength training.

2. Incorporate Exercise Into Your Daily Life

When you set aside designated times during the day for physical activity, your teens can get their minds prepared to exercise and be ready. Parents can also get other neighborhood kids involved to keep everyone motivated and prepared. This buddy system is more effective than just trying to tough it out on your own. Don’t treat the workout like some foreign or dangerous thing. Make it a normal part of your day, and soon enough it’ll feel natural.

3. Develop a Regimen of Fun Exercises

If exercising is fun, teens are more likely to engage. Think outside the box and look for ways to stay health and active that are also challenging and interesting. Try getting your teens involved in bike riding or karate classes. Walking the dog or going to a water park will also help younger teens exercise. Most families do not recognize how much exercise they can get just by going on regular outings and walking during the day. Walking around amusement parks, zoos, or nature centers can help you forget that you’re exercising while you’re viewing the sites. You could even hike at a local park. Something like ballroom dancing or softball would also be a good way to get the body moving.

4. Enroll Your Teens in Organized Sports

Organized sports are an excellent way to help teens get active without being bored. Anything will do, so talk with your teen about his interests and see what sport appeals to him. Volleyball, basketball, baseball, or football may be fun enough to motivate him to exercise without seeming like a chore. Plus there’s the added benefit of teamwork and camaraderie.

exerciseball5. Reward Teens for Exercising

Obviously, you’d want the reward to be tied to the workout or at least generally healthy — it wouldn’t make a lot of sense to congratulate your teen on her first 5K with a cake — but there are plenty of options available to help you entice your teen to sticking to the workout. For instance, maybe she’s been eyeing a new set of running shoes, or an iPod for exercising, or taking a trip with friends. Keep the reward positive and goal-oriented.

6. Add Some Variety to Your Schedule

To keep the exercises from getting boring, try to alternate your schedule. For instance, on Monday, take your teens to baseball or softball practice. On Wednesday, take them to ballroom dancing classes. On Friday, take them to martial arts classes. If the weather cooperates or you have an indoor pool, you can try to go swimming on the weekend. Variety will keep the kids going.

7. Get Them Out of the House

It’s easier than ever these days for teens to stay inside and glued to screens all day and all night. One way to get them on their feet and back into an active lifestyle is to limit the amount of time your teen can use his computer or tablet. You can also set up basic physical chores in and around the house, or help him find a job. This will give him not only some pocket money, but the opportunity to get out, stay active, and meet new people.

If you want to remain motivated with your new workout routine, it just takes a little planning. With the right motivation, your kids will remain active and healthy throughout their lives. Communicate with your teens and help them develop good habits early. You’ll be pleased with the results.

– Submitted by Jessica Clark, representing KennyMeyers.com