The Power of Celery Juice

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If you have been struggling with digestive issues, from severe gas and bloating or struggle with chronic constipation or diarrhea - or maybe you’ve been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Ulcerative colitis and you are tired of it taking over your life and ability to function, then please read.  

Doctors and specialists are really at a loss because they don’t understand why you are having these issues and they lack the nutrition education to address your chronic pain from a holistic approach.

Back in October, I lead a group cleanse and I participated in hopes that I could relieve my Irritable Bowel symptoms.  

I've struggled with this off and on for the last 4 or 5 years.  It has been debilitating and so uncomfortable. Many days, I couldn't bear to wear anything around my waist because of the swelling and inflammation.

During week one of my cleanse I started to feel incredible!  I mean, this was the digestive reset week, which is the serious part of the detox and we are eating yummy soups to soothe the digestive tract and give it a rest.  But once I started eating solid foods again, my tummy started flaring up.

I was so frustrated.  What could it be? Do I have to be on warm liquids for the rest of my life in order to experience less discomfort?

I was not willing to accept that answer.

One night, as I was preparing my food for the cleanse, I was listening to an audio-book from this health expert I had never heard of on Thyroid healing.  He kept talking about celery juice. "No matter what you do, just get on celery juice."

He spoke of the benefits for the digestive tract and basically, his teaching is this:

Our livers are full of toxins and become sluggish over time and cannot produce the bile needed to breakdown food properly.  Stress, poor diet, coffee, alcohol, and environmental toxins slow down the production of hydrochloric acid. Hydrochloric acid is very important as it also has a major role in breaking down food.

And then it dawned on me.......the soups felt amazing to eat because my digestive tract didn't have to do any work to break it down.

Celery juice helps restore hydrochloric acid.  And it was clear I was in need of hydrochloric acid to break down my food!

Now, I've heard about the benefits of celery juice, but all of my acupuncturists that I've ever worked with advised me to stay away from juicing because they didn't want me drinking anything cold.  And obviously, to keep the nutrients intact, the vegetables must be kept cold and is best served right away.

But I have a juicer and decided that this would not kill me to try it.  So I tried it and it changed my life. It has been months since I have had any flare-ups.  I am no longer bloated, no longer constipated and the swelling in my abdomen no longer exists.  I can also eat cruciferous vegetables, garlic, leeks, and onions. These foods that used to cause me pain and discomfort that I loved so much…….well, I was so excited to eat them again!

Obviously, there were other changes that I made to my nutrition plan to further avoid flare-ups and discomfort, but celery juice sealed the deal!

Celery juice is also loaded with mineral salts to soothe and nurture the digestive tract, kidneys, and adrenals and it is most useful in pulling toxins from the liver.

I have shared this with my partner, who had similar issues with his digestion like mine, and he does not go one single day without celery juice.  Neither do I!

So if you want a cheap alternative to reducing all digestive issues including indigestion, diarrhea, bloating, abdominal swelling, gas, and constipation, give celery juice a try.  This cost is approximately $1.00 per day and worth the investment to be free of discomfort!

How to drink your celery juice:

If you have a juicer, then you are ahead of the game.  Simply fill a 12 oz glass each day and drink. If you do not like the taste of celery juice, add some apple or pear!

If you do not have a juicer, then you can use a high powered blender.  Wash and chop 1/2 a bundle of celery into large chunks. Add 1/2 a cup to 1 cup filtered water.  Strain the juice through a filter into your cup and drink right away. Again, you can also add pear or apple.

Is candida overgrowth the culprit of your problematic skin?

First off, what the heck is candida?

Candida albicans yeast is a normal part of your gut flora, a group of microorganisms that live in the digestive tract that helps you digest your food. At normal levels, Candida is harmless but if there's an overgrowth, candida can lead to significant health problems – in men, women and even children and I have read statistics that this affects around 75% of the American population.

Candida overgrowth can cause the intestinal wall to become permeable (otherwise known as Leaky Gut)  and allows partially digested proteins and other toxins to be released into the body. Yuck!

If gone untreated candida overgrowth can cause serious illness.

Here are a few symptoms of candida overgrowth:

  • Exhaustion

  • Cravings for sweets

  • Weakened immune system

  • Bad breath

  • White coating on tongue

  • Brain fog

  • Hormone imbalance

  • Joint pain

  • Loss of sex drive

  • Chronic sinus and allergy issues

  • Digestive problems - gas, bloating, diarrhea

  • Weak immune system

  • Skin and nail fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot or toenail fungus

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis, scleroderma, or multiple sclerosis

  • Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD, and brain fog

  • Skin issues like acne, eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes

  • Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression

  • Vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, rectal itching, or vaginal itching

  • Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears

  • Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings

What causes candida?

  • Chronic stress

  • Poor diet (high carbohydrate, inflammatory foods and refined sugars)

  • Excessive alcohol and caffeine

  • Use of antibiotics

  • Contraceptive Pill

  • Diabetes

  • Chemical exposure to pesticides, home cleaning products, contaminated water, etc.

How do I get rid of candida overgrowth?

  • To be completely successful, you would need to omit all sugar (including fruit), grains, alcohol, caffeine, dairy from your diet completely for at least a month.  For more severe cases of candida, it could take several months to clear the overgrowth.

  • Taking probiotics.

  • Take anti-fungal herbs such as clove and oregano.  Taking coconut oil can also help kill the fungus.

After having my own personal battle with candida and trying out various candida cleanses with astounding results, I became inspired to create a cleanse that would address candida and rebuild the intestinal wall lining.  By applying some ayurvedic practices and inspiration from both candida and microbiome diets, clients would detoxify and support the internal organs, drastically reduce candida overgrowth and strengthen the digestive system.  The end result? An efficiently running digestive system, total body wellness, and glowing skin!

The raw details and photos of Ellen's Mid Depth Peel!

Since hitting my 40’s, I inevitably find something new on my skin each day.  Hyperpigmentation from sun damage,  the lightening bolt wrinkle between my eyes and hello fine lines!

I always said to myself that I would NEVER do botox and smugly execute my “aging gracefully” plan.  Uh, yeah……..

I haven’t rushed off to get botox……………….YET!  But I have a deep understanding as to why anyone would do any injections, nips and tucks because this aging thing is REAL!  

I’d say I’m pretty diligent with my home care because being an esthetician has it’s perks.  I get to TRY ALL THE THINGS!  

But I’m not receiving treatments as frequently as you think I would.  At the end of the day, it’s not top on the priority list.  As they say, the plumber never has good plumbing.  Well this skin guru ain’t keeping up on her anti-aging skin either.

So I decided to begin routine of regular peel and facial treatments to help slow down this aging process!



Day 3 of Melanin Lift Peel

Day 3 of Melanin Lift Peel

A week after my hydrating facial, I decided it was time to peel so I chose our mid depth peel, the Melanin Lift.  Here’s where it gets interesting.  I want to share this because for anyone who hasn’t experienced a peel, it is best to get a full understanding of the process.  I would also like to add that everyone’s experience can be different.

To get the best results from my peel, I made sure that I changed the following in my diet and lifestyle:

NOT ONE DROP OF CAFFEINE!  Why?  Because caffeine is dehydrating and my skin is very dry on it’s own.  It’s also a stimulant, causing my skin to become hypersensitive and super dry. 

NO REFINED SUGAR:  Sugar breaks down collagen, causes inflammation and can also breakouts.

NO ALCOHOL:  I don’t drink anyways but this is very important because it is also dehydrating and has the same effects that sugar does.  And generally, alcoholic beverages contain a lot of sugar.

NO SOY: Soy is a hormone disruptor and being in my mid 40’s I find that my hormones are already whacky.  Hormones play a big part in the health of our skin and ladies, I’m sure you’ve noticed your skin acting up around that special time of the month.



Day 5 - Some light flaking and discoloration from the peel

Day 5 - Some light flaking and discoloration from the peel


NO MAKEUP:  Foundation or powder will increase the visibility of your flaky face.  Also, many foundations have fillers, fragrance, essential oils and clay that can be very aggravating to the skin while it’s healing.

Sleep and stress reduction are also important.  Stress and lack of sleep have an impact on your immune system and your hormones.  If both your immune system and hormones are compromised then your skin can be prone to breaking out more during the peel process……...which is basically what happened to me.

The Melanin Lift Peel: 

This peel felt so warm and invigorating.  I did use a fan to keep my face cool, but it was quick, easy and painless.  My skin looked absolutely amazing right after and for several hours.

On day 2 my skin felt tight, dry and my cheeks were flushed as if I were blushing.  I applied my Omega 6 serum 4 times that day to give my skin relief from the dryness.  My skin also developed dark, rough patches.  

Day 3:  My skin is shedding!  I’m doing my best not to pick at it but it’s tempting.  The discoloration is even more noticeable to me and my skin feels a bit raw.  But I’ll have to say, I can see what the skin is starting to look like underneath and it’s exciting.  I keep adding Omega 6 serum to my skin all day and it gives relief.  My skin also felt very itchy and it was so hard not to scratch.  It’s slightly embarrassing being in public.  While others probably see dry flaky skin.  I see what looks like a bad sun burn recovery.


Day 7 after using scrub!  Still no make-up!

Day 7 after using scrub!  Still no make-up!



Day 7:  Finally!  I get to use my pumice wash and scrub off the excess flaky bits!  And holy smokes!  My skin looks amazing!  Definitely decreased dryness, fine lines and pigmentation.

I will admit, the process is a bit annoying but the results are well worth it!  

In the meantime, I have bumped up my home care, using exfoliating serums at night and hydrating serums by day!

If you have any questions about whether or not a peel would be good for your skin, please contact us at (510) 268-9500 and we would be happy to answer any of your questions!

My skin right after the Melanin Lift Peel.  Feeling tingly with no redness!

My skin right after the Melanin Lift Peel.  Feeling tingly with no redness!

I started with our May special, the Mandelic Renew Peel, which addresses dry, aging, hyperpigmented skin.  I really loved this peel because there is no downtime and while you notice your skin is purging, it’s really not noticeable to others.

On the day I received the peel, my skin looked amazing!  The tone was even, pores were minimized and it felt completely hydrated.  The day after it felt dry and a bit rough in patches.  By day 3, I noticed a bit of discoloration and the rough patches lightly began to flake.  This went on for a couple more days.  By day 7, my skin looked amazing and felt hydrated with hyperpigmentation a bit lighter.

Two weeks later, I received a hydrating facial, infusing antioxidants and collagen stimulating serums into my skin. After that, my face was on cloud nine!

Day 4 - Redness and flaking.  The peeling is much heavier than the photo appears.

Day 4 - Redness and flaking.  The peeling is much heavier than the photo appears.


NO HEAVY EXERCISE WHILE PEELING:  No Bikram Yoga or any activity that can cause your skin to become hot and red.  This will irritate your skin and you will know because your skin will start to itch and in some cases it might bead and look blistery.  This heat and irritation can leave your skin prone to many problems including hyperpigmentation.  I did work out but I kept it light by walking the lake or running in the morning when it was chilly.  Most importantly, I paid attention to how my face felt.

NO SUN EXPOSURE: Wear a hat and sunscreen.  Even if you are wearing sunscreen, bringing heat to the skin can cause irritation to your already very sensitive skin.  

DAILY FISH OIL!  NOT ON YOUR SKIN! Making sure that you take your fish oil daily will help improve the elasticity and hydration of the skin.  

DRINK TONS OF WATER:  Flush those toxins and hydrate your skin!

EAT HEALTHY FATS:  For the same reason you take your fish oils!

CHOOSE COLORFUL VEGGIES!  Those red, orange, green and purple colors are rich in nutrients that will support in healing and protecting the skin.

Day 7 after using scrub to remove excess dead skin

Day 7 after using scrub to remove excess dead skin


Day 4:  Hello breakouts and bumps!  I believe that stress and lack of sleep really factored into this.  We did some light extractions and high frequency to kill the bacteria.  My skin is flaking everywhere.  In fact, it was falling into my dinner!  Gross!  So itchy too!  The Omega Serum definitely helped.  The E Zinc sunscreen felt very irritating to my skin and I think the citrus extracts may be the cause.

Day 5:  I’m recovering from the breakouts pretty good and it seems the red bumps are going away.  My skin is still flaky and itchy but not quite as bad.  The sunscreen still felt very irritating when I applied it but my skin isn’t reacting to it.  It now just looks like I have very flaky, dry skin.  What I do notice is that my pigmentation appears to be much lighter and in some areas diminished.

Day 6:  Well, I thought I would be able to put some creamy foundation on but it really shows off the next layer of dead dry skin about to peel off so I decided against it and bathed my face in Omega 6 serum!  It’s such an improvement and I can really see the pigmentation and fine lines have reduced!  Also the breakouts and bumps are non existant.

Happy with the final results!

Happy with the final results!


Take your skin on vacation with our Tropical Rejuvenator Facial!

Tropical Rejuvenator Facial.....50 min....$110  ($40 savings)

This facial will take you on a mini vacation to the tropics with scents of our creamy pineapple cleanse, mint papaya exfoliation and hydrating milky masks! This incredible treatment uses deep exfoliation and peptide serums to boost collagen production, revive dull, tired skin, smooths out fine lines and reduces breakouts! Includes extractions!  

Find this facial under our current specials when booking online!  Expires 4/30/2016

Back by popular demand, our 4 Layer Green Restoration Treatment!

4 Layer Green Restoration Treatment.....50 min.........$95

This deep tissue therapy smooths, softens, clarifies and restores skin using the elements of our green products such as green tea, green papaya, green enzyme, green Italian herbs, green clay, green rosemary basil and green growth factor.  Many types of skin will benefit from the enzymatic exfoliations and purifying, stimulating masks, reducing oil, blemishes, rough texture, sensitivities, dehydration and dull complexion.  Includes extractions!

Book online under our current specials or call (510) 268-9500!

Expires 3/31/16

Our January Specials!!

Minus 10 Facial / 60 min. / $110   (save $40)

Our clients are raving about the Minus 10 Facial so much that we have decided to permanently add this to our menu!  The Minus 10 facial delivers instant results, combating wrinkles and fine lines, puffy eyes, pigmentation and breakouts.  This treatment layers powerful exfoliating acids and infuses actives that stimulate and rejuvenate the skin! Note that this can cause some flaking and peeling due to the deep level of exfoliation.

BOOK ONLINE under our current specials or call (510) 268-9500!

30 minute nutrition consult with Custom facial  $140  ($15 savings)

Our skin nutrition consultations take a deeper look into foods and habits that may be contributing to problematic skin. Food sensitivities, excess caffeine, alcohol, trans fats, refined sugars and carbohydrates contribute to inflammation, darkness around the eyes,  dehydration, acne and pre- mature aging. Poor digestive health and vitamin deficiencies also manifest through our skin.  More info here..........

Announcing our holiday facial specials with glowing results!

Holiday Radiance Facial: $90 (save $35)

Polish your skin with enticing aromas of sheer holiday decadence.  Sure to become a winter favorite, clients will relax with soothing facial massages and sensations of hot and cold therapy as skin is bathed in rich, creamy indulgence that will leave skin radiant!!  Includes extractions.

December Glow Peel  $75 (save $15)

Created just for the holidays, this treatment features the illuminating hibiscus peel for glowing results.  The perfect treatment to target dull, tired skin and rejuvenate for those holiday festivities!  Please note that skin can lightly peel and flake for up to 7 days.

Facial specials offered for a limited time only and cannot be used with other discounts. 

Expires 12/31/15

Infuse 7.......the latest skin care crack!



We just can't get enough of Rhonda Allison's Infuse 7 serum!  With the sudden turn of chilly morning weather, my dry skin soaked up every hydrating solution that I slathered on!

That is, until I used Infuse 7!  With just 1 to 2 pumps, this rich serum provided moisture for my skin the entire day!  So what makes this skin cocktail so magical?  Infuse 7 is loaded with essential fatty acids, Vitamin E for antioxidant protection and organic oils of  macadamia nut and avocado.  The scent is a delicious blend of lavender, bergamot, ylang ylang and sweet citrus essential oils.

At $18 for a 1/2 ounce size, this addictive serum is worth every penny!

Get a taste of our delicious anti-aging Pumpkin Facials!

Our clients are raving about our Pumpkin Facials!  Perfect for all skin types, these treatments will brighten and polish the skin and also add essential nutrients!  This offer expires November 30th so book now!!

Pumpkin Peptide Peel.......30 minutes.......$75

The perfect post summer peel to minimize sun damage and rejuvenate your skin!  These delicious pumpkin products will juice up your skin with essential nutrients and antioxidants leaving your face clean and refreshed with reduced bumpiness! Please note that skin may lightly peel and flake for 3 to 5 days.

Pumpkin Refresher Facial.....55 minutes.....$95  ($15 savings)

Packed with beta carotene and the yummy aroma of pumpkin pie, this treatment will leave your skin tingly and rejuvenated.  Perfect for all skin types, this facial will address your anti aging concerns resulting in smooth, vibrant skin. Includes  steamy pumpkin cleansing and exfoliation, extractions, a spicy aromatherapy facial massage and a rich milky mask with neck and shoulder massage.  Need I say more?