One of the best things you can consume for health and beauty benefits may already be in your kitchen.
Wellness expert Jennie Burton, jennieBwell founder and nutrition coach, recommends adding a dose of Apple Cider Vinegar to your life. Simply mixing a couple teaspoons a day to your drinking water is believed to help lower cholesterol, reduce heartburn, aid in digestion and weight control, regulate blood sugar and even fight sinus infections.
Information Burton provided said ACV's acetic acid has been show in studies to suppress the accumulation of body fat and liver lipids. Its pectin content is also thought to reduce the body's ability to absorb fat.
Burton said she uses Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, which can be found in local grocery and health food stores.
"Don't ever drink it straight as it is very acidic. It must be diluted with water," she said. "Regular vinegar does not do the trick. It must be organic and contain the mother."
The "mother" in apple cider vinegar can usually be seen through the glass container and appears to be cloudy strings. The mother is full of enzymes, pectin and trace minerals.
Topically Apple Cider Vinegar can be used to dry up blemishes and as a shine-enhancing rinse after shampooing your hair. Just mix one tablespoon of ACV with a cup of water and pour over hair, then rinse as you normally would.
Burton will soon be certified in holistic nutrition. After having her son, Burton became dedicated to living a healthier life. "It made me become aware of the foods we were feeding him," she said. "After a lot of praying and working with Amber (Hurdle) my life coach, I knew that I had to help others and share with them what I have learned about nutrition and the impact it has on us - good and bad."
Burton added that fitness is 20 percent exercise and 80 percent nutrition. "Exercise is important as well; sweating is a form of our bodies detoxing as well as getting those endorphins going, uplifting our moods and most important getting that heart pumping... But we can't outrun the fork. I tell people - if you put good in, you put good out."
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