The Many Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

by Rochelle Griffin on September 15, 2014 · 0 comments

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The Many Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

by Rochelle Griffin

A few days ago on social media, I posted a daily drink that I have and received several questions about it. You see, I love to have 2 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar mixed with 2 Tbsp raw honey in a cup of hot water. People were like What are the benefits of THAT?

No worries…I’m not going to put my RN hat right now and give a lesson in blood chemistry. Let me simply say that our blood is meant to be alkaline vs. acidic. Many of the foods today, including fast food, processed food, coffee, alcohol, and dairy are acidic in nature. It’s thought that acidic foods are a main culprit in many physical ailments.

And apple cider vinegar helps alkalinize the body.

So how is it made? Apples are crushed and juiced. It’s then put through a fermentation process using bacteria and yeast. The product is hard apple cider because the sugars produce alcohol. The hard apple cider then goes through a second fermentation process and the alcohol turns into vinegar. Although I buy mine, you can make your own. Note to self: Check it out and start doing so.

When you buy apple cider vinegar, be sure that it’s raw, unfiltered & organic. Clear vinegar doesn’t have any of the health properties of apple cider vinegar. My go-to brand is Bragg’s. You can easily buy it at a health food store. In fact many mainstream grocery stores carry it as well.

Not only does it help alkalinize our body, it can also help to improve digestion by stimulating stomach enzymes, can neutralize stomach acid, can help normalize our intestinal bacteria, can help with overall immunity, can help stabilize our blood sugar, & is believed to help detoxify the liver. Whew, that was a mouth full!

And that’s just the beginning…

It can be used in many other situations, including:

  • Can help hair to shine when used as a rinse following shampooing.
  • Can be added to a bath to soothe sunburned skin
  • May remove stains from teeth when directly applied and then removed with water (pssst…I haven’t tried this one.)
  • Can dilute in water and spray on pets for a natural flea repellant
  • Is useful in killing nail fungus
  • Can be used as a skin toner

Seriously the list goes on and on.

Apple cider vinegar is one of the ingredients that should be a constant staple in the kitchen. If you don’t have it, add it to your grocery list this week. It’s inexpensive and the benefits far outweigh the cost. Enjoy!

A Toast to Your Health,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Coach Ro Headshot3 The Many Benefits of Apple Cider VinegarRochelle Griffin is a Registered Nurse (with over 21 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 6-figure International company that now helps others live the life of their dreams.

She founded both GoFitCoach, Inc. & Your Best Life, Inc. with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of financial & physical ruin. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.

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PMS: The Monthly Monster

by Rochelle Griffin on September 11, 2014 · 0 comments

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PMS: The Monthly Monster

by Rochelle Griffin

OK, guys, heads up that this article is for the ladies.

Ladies, one of the most common emails or comments on social media that I get has to do with imbalanced female hormones and PMS/peri-menopause/menopause symptoms. It seems like more of us deal with these issues than those who don’t.

I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir, but symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Food cravings
  • Bloating
  • Weight gain
  • Irrational thoughts
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Dry skin
  • Night sweats
  • Insomnia

Shall I go on?

Look I get it. I’ve personally dealt with female hormone imbalance ever since I was a teenager. The problem is that I just accepted the symptoms as a normal part of being female. I didn’t realize that symptoms of any kind weren’t normal. In fact, my PMS was so bad over the years that my physician ended up putting me on a low dose of Prozac…for almost 20 years…to help.

And it did for while…to a certain extent. It helped enough that I’m still married if you know what I mean. icon wink PMS: The Monthly Monster

What people don’t realize is that female hormone imbalance doesn’t happen in a vacuum. There are precipitating factors…often adrenal fatigue. This is because approximately 35% of our sex hormones pre-menopause are made in our adrenal glands. This number jumps to 50% post-menopause. If our adrenals aren’t functioning at optimal level, sex hormone imbalances are inevitable.

Our menstrual cycle is in 2 phases: the follicular phase (the 1st 14 days) where estrogen is the Queen of the show, then the luteal phase (the 2nd 14 days) where progesterone takes over.

Anything out of sync, including how much of each hormone is made in the entire month (production,) when it’s being made (distribution,) and the timing of ovulation can cause the symptoms that we lovely ladies deal with monthly.

For example, with production problems, issues like low libido or poor memory can occur. When there are distribution problems, the sudden drops of progesterone can cause the typical PMS symptoms and sudden drops in estrogen can be a precursor for migraines. When there are timing issues, a woman may have difficulty conceiving or may experience longer than usual bleeding.

Our hormone balance is incredibly delicate. I’m seriously just skimming the surface here for the sake of simplicity in explanation.

The very first step needed to get female hormone imbalance under control is to heal your adrenal glands. How you ask? Well, in the next few weeks, I’ll be opening up a very special Bootcamp for women only. It will be a 4-week PMS Bootcamp, geared towards dealing with the symptoms that drive us (and typically our partners) crazy.

I can honestly tell you (and my husband and son can attest to it) that it’s RARE for me to have symptoms nowadays…a vast difference to my typical PMS of a few weeks per month. Yep you read that correctly…I used to have PMS for 2 weeks a month. Awful!

So keep an eye out for when I open registration in a few weeks. I’m incredibly excited about it because we no longer have to accept the yucky symptoms.  I am PASSIONATE in helping women with this because of what I’ve personally been through.

We CAN make positive changes in our health naturally!

A Toast to Your Health,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Coach Ro Headshot3 PMS: The Monthly MonsterRochelle Griffin is a Registered Nurse (with over 21 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 6-figure International company that now helps others live the life of their dreams.

She founded both GoFitCoach, Inc. & Your Best Life, Inc. with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of financial & physical ruin. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.

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