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What the heck is a leaky gut and how it affects skin health

Did you know that skin health disorders like psoriasis, eczema, and acne is your inner body’s last resort for toxin elimination?  In-other-words, your insides are screaming “HELP ME!”

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Liz Santiago, Founder and CEO, CeleBritAy, will participate at the Pitch Competition this year. Come support her!

These and many other inflammatory skin health disorders affect over 200 million Americans combined.  Sadly, about 80% of Americans have no knowledge of these conditions, including how to recognize it or what to do about it.  Skin health disorders have been shown to be directly related to LEAKY GUT SYNDROME.

What the heck is leaky gut syndrome?

I’m glad you asked. During my journey for skin disorder answers, I stumbled onto something that changed my (and my clients) life forever; the connection between leaky gut syndrome, acid foods vs. alkaline foods and our skin health.

According to my research, leaky gut syndrome is defined as (in short) tiny rips or tears in the intestine (especially where the duodenum meets the jejunum).  These tears happen when the intestinal walls become thin due to toxin buildup causing an increase in acids in the blood that should be alkaline.

You see, our digestive system depends on hydrochloric acid to breakdown our foods, but if we introduce our body to too much acidic foods internally and externally, our digestive system becomes too acidic (toxic) and starts to thin the intestinal walls eventually creating tiny tears.

Your body is your help for skin health

Our body is built to constantly repair itself (thank goodness) so when the intestines can no longer do its job properly, another organ like the liver will take over. And when the liver is over loaded and can no longer continue that job (you keep eating acidic foods) another organ will take over the work, and so on and so forth.  If not treated immediately, this process WILL eventually stress the body out.

Think about it: Organs (stomach, liver, heart, etc.) have their own specific jobs to do, so by taking on another job the organ become stressed. The body’s immune system starts to weaken and you start to feel tired, moody, constipated, and depressed to name a few effects, and a your skin starts to look unhealthy which can lead to psoriasis, acne, rosacea, rapid aging and so much more.

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What can I do to prevent Leaky gut syndrome?   

So glad to hear you would like to learn ways you can prevent or heal from leaky gut.  How do I know? Well, you are still reading.  (YAY!)

Some things you can avoid are:

  • Antibiotics-Antibiotics lead to overgrowth of abnormal flora in the gastrointestinal tract (bacteria, parasites, candida, fungi)
  • A diet high in acidic foods like:
    • Alcohol and caffeine
    • Processed foods
    • A diet high in refined sugars (carbs!)

Tired of having flaky, dead skin?

Even if we don’t get serious skin problems, we’ve all experienced flaky skin one time or another, and for a lot of us, it is an ongoing problem. It can be itchy and irritating and can create permanent wrinkles and scarring if scratched too much.

In most cases, flaky skin is caused when the body’s layer of natural oils dries out. This means that there is not enough oil and water being produced to replenish that particular area, and can be caused by a number of things, from stress, to unhealthy lifestyle habits.

Genetics can also be a major contributor to flaky skin, but if you work hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it can easily be treated.

A common myth about flaky skin is that it occurs only when the skin is dry. But did you know that oily skin can also be responsible?

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Sometimes when the skin’s sebaceous oil gland becomes overactive, the oil becomes rancid (gross!) and breaks down into an irritating organic chemical called organic peroxide.

The body produces an extra amount of skin cells to try and get rid of the organic peroxide which, in turn, causes clumping and flaking.

So how can we get rid of flaky skin? An important and easy remedy is to drink plenty of water (6-8 cups per day), at least 15-30 minutes a day of brisk movement like, walking, running, jumping, biking, climbing, etc., as well as eating and drinking plenty of healthy and colorful foods, fruits and nuts. Internal and external cleansing like an herbal detox tea and/or a whole body steam is also very valuable in shedding dead skin.

Tip: An indicator that can help you understand if you are drinking enough water is when your pee is clear. 

Remember that what you put into your body is just as important as the products you use; you should always stay away from unhealthy chemical-based skin care and regiments.

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Latina small business owners

Be a Star for One Night! Two Latina small business owners sign up for Pitch your Business Competition

Two contestants first to sign up for the Pitch your Business Competition! Following their dream of Being a Star for One Night, two Latina small business owners are the first contestants registered for the Latina SmallBiz Expo in Newark NJ on November 9, 2017 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. The event is co-hosted by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Enterprise Development Center and Media Sponsor Univision 41.

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(L) Janny Perez, founder Mi LegaSi and (R) Elizabeth Liz Santiago, founder and CEO Celebritay (photos courtesy of participants)

Be a Star for One Night at the Pitch your Business Competition!

“The enthusiasm is building up quickly as we are still two months away from the event and Latina small business owners are already registering for the competition. We are running a promotion offering a free ad on our Expo Journal if they register for the Pitch your Business Competition before August 31,” said Susana G Baumann, Editor in Chief,

In its third year, the Pitch your Business Competition is an opportunity for Latinas business owners at all stages of their businesses –startups, established, micro-businesses or larger small businesses- to “pitch” their product and their story in front of a qualified group of Media Jurors who will then select a winner, second and third place.

“The only requirements are that these businesses have to be Latina owned –at least 50 percent if it is a partnership-,

Be a Star for One Night!

Be a Star for One Night!

have a product in hand, and not be a franchised or agent of a larger corporation –such as an agent of a larger makeup company or insurance company,” Baumann said. “We want to bring to the forefront the innovation and creativity of these beautiful Latinas who are creating products and services based on their customer base needs and their own personal stories,” she explained. “Cause related organizations founded and run by Latinas can also participate.”

This year, the winner will have the opportunity to grab a $1000 in Cash Prize, and be promoted on all major regional and local media participating at the event. In addition, they will have an opportunity to work with an event sponsor who will root for their candidate, offer her assistance and support, and continue to work with them after the event.

“In this way, we want to offer our sponsors the opportunity to become closer to these Latina business owners, know their stories, work with them and be invested in their success. In exchange, we ask the participants to become Ambassadors for that brand, and include it in all their activities –blogging, testimonials, speaking engagements or the like- for one year after the event,” Baumann explained.

The Pitch your Business Competition is a great opportunity for both sponsors and contestants working together that will open possibilities to know better the needs of Latina small business owners, adjust their products and services accordingly, and make their brand known as “Latina friendly.”

Table and Pitch $150 (Get your Table for Free when you receive 15 tickets to sell to your friends, family and clients). Bring your product to sell at the event for the pre-Holiday Season! 

Register here to become one of the lucky contestants to participate and be the Star for One Night!

Mi LegaSi, connecting to your roots

Janny Perez with her daughter Victoria in NYC Latina small business owners Pitch your Business Competition

Janny Perez with her daughter Victoria in NYC

First contestant to signup is Janny Perez, founder of Mi Legasi, a creative way of maintaining American Latinas stay connected to their roots and pass the Latino legacy into their children.

“Mi LegaSí™ is about helping moms with a monthly delivered box that connects them with their Latino culture, nurtures their child’s creativity and the language español, and helps them tell their family’s history and stories with activities that make it easy to create a family heirloom.  But we haven’t forgotten about the Mamá!  Because they are at the heart of their familia, every month they will get a feel good/feel proud treat. They deserve something just for them,” explained Janny to

Janny, a Colombian living in NYC, started her MiLegaSí business based on her own experience as a mom, and her purpose is to preserve and celebrate the Latino culture for our children and future generations while supporting Latino artists, small businesses, and Latino charities.

“Mamás will receive a box filled with 5-6 items that will help them connect with their cultura, create with their young child, and carry on their familia’s traditions.  Items will include items such as preschool bilingual or Spanish books, bilingual toys or games, craft projects, family activities to help moms document and tell their familia’s history, and feel good and feel proud items just for the Mamá,” Janny shared.

Celebritay taking care of your beauty in and out

Elizabeth "Liz" Santiago, founder and CEO Celebritay Latina small business owners Pitch your Business Competition

Elizabeth “Liz” Santiago, founder and CEO Celebritay

The second registered contestant is our own Contributor Elizabeth “Liz” Santiago, founder and CEO of Celebritay, a brand of all natural products. Elizabeth is a Holistic Health & Skincare coach emphasizing on healthier digestive system. She studied Ayurvedic and Holistic nutrition with Dr. Naina Marbali at Ayurvedic Beauty School and has nominal background in the field of Western medicine.

Established in 1998, CeleBritAy is an award-winning, eco-friendly skin care company specializing in hand-crafted raw and organic skincare products packaged in recyclable materials.

“As a Holistic health and skincare coach emphasizing on healthier lifestyle and the digestive system, I help people understand the connection between unhealthy habits, depression, and their skin ailments like psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea,” she explained to

“As busy parents, spouses and entrepreneurs, it is important to give it your all. But how can you do that if you are constantly tired, overwhelmed and unfocused? It all starts with one simple, doable change at a time and a can-do attitude. Once you do this, your journey of a healthier lifestyle no matter how busy you are can begin,” Elizabeth said.

Interested in signing up for this amazing Pitch your Business Competition?

Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch your Business Competition

Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch your Biz Competition

If you or someone you know is interested in signing up for this amazing competition happening on November 9 in Newark, New Jersey, please find information about this fab event on our Facebook page Latina SmallBiz Expo or register here to become one of the lucky contestants to participate and be the Star for One Night! For additional information, email or call 848 238 6090.

Table and Pitch $150 (you will receive 15 tickets to sell to your friends, family and clients). Bring your product to sell at the event for the pre-Holiday Season!

Best of luck to all participants!

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5 Simple steps to more energy, less stress and a healthier lifestyle

Elizabeth Santiago CeleBritAy CEO , skincare and health coach

Elizabeth Santiago CeleBritAy CEO, skincare and health coach

Welcome to our new Health and Skin Coach Elizabeth “Liz” Santiago!

Elizabeth is a Holistic Health & Skin coach emphasizing on healthier digestive system. She studied Ayurvedic and Holistic nutrition with Dr. Naina Marbali at Ayurvedic Beauty School and has nominal background in the field of Western medicine.

Elizabeth holds degrees in Chemistry, Biology and Herbology. She has helped hundreds of people achieve healthier life styles and is passionate about educating her clients on how proper nutrition can help them improve their skin. Liz is head skin care chemist & CEO of CeleBritAy New York, an award-winning skincare company specializing in organic, sustainable products.

As part of her introduction as a, Liz will provide a 30-minute free consult to the three first persons to comment on this article! Please leave your name and email address so she can contact you.



  • Do you feel sluggish and wished you had more energy?
  • Would you love to learn how to eat better without sacrificing what you love to eat?
  • Do you wish you could relieve the toxic and uncomfortable feeling of constipation?
  • Do want to achieve smooth and radiant skin inside and out?

As busy parents, spouses and entrepreneurs, it is important to give it your all. But how can you do that if you are constantly tired, overwhelmed and unfocused? It all starts with one simple, doable change at a time and a can-do attitude. Once you do this, your journey of a healthier lifestyle no matter how busy you are can begin.

Here are three simple but very effective steps toward more energy, less stress, and a healthier lifestyle for you and your family

1. Sleep woman sleeping on bed and wake up with alarm clock

The average American gets 4-6 hours of sleep per day. But did you know anything less than 8hrs of uninterrupted sleep per day for adults can lead to organ failure, fatigue, depression, Alzheimer, eating disorders, mood swings, headaches, low libido, and so much more! But how can you add more sleep in the day with your busy schedule? Follow below to start.

2. Morning

Nine (9) minutes of “Morning Self- Care” steps for busy lives: This will not only help you relax and eventually increase your sleep hours but also set positive intentions and live longer:

  1. 1 minute Morning Ritual- Relax & breathe
  2. Before doing your morning cleansing ritual, sit up on your bed and relax. Close your eyes. Slowing take in a deep breath, hold for 4-6seconds then release even slower. Do this for one to two minutes every day. This will set you up with positive intentions for the day and creates self-care awareness.
  3. 5-8 minutes of Morning Ritual- Rapid or slow movements (consult your physician before doing): Ex: jumping jacks, up and down stairs, running in place, stretching, yoga or my favorite, Qigong. Here is a free 5 minutes Qigong you can do performed my friend and Sifu Carl Romain.
Sifu Karl Romain,

Sifu Karl Romain,

3. First meal

Whether your first meal is in the morning or in the afternoon, make sure to start your day with alkaline foods and drinks. In fact, your diet should include 70-80 percent of alkaline food and 30-20 percent of acidic foods.   If we do not help our body get the appropriate alkaline pH, the body will continue to pull these minerals and eventually weaken our immune system, create fatigue, depression, eating and sleep disorders, brain fog, leaky gut (the breaking of the intestine lining), and so much more.

Why is this important? It’s important because our body is at its optimum when our body pH is slightly more alkaline then acid. When we eat acidic foods (see chart below), our blood becomes more acidic. And when our blood is more acidic, our body will try to heal itself by pulling alkaline minerals (ex: magnesium, calcium, potassium) from other organs, bones, and teeth to name a few and release it into our bloodstream to create a alkaline bloodstream.  

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  1. Alkaline drink: Lemon Water is a quick and easy alkaline-rich drink you can make in the morning:  Add half of an organic lemon to 8-12 oz of water. Save the other half for lunch. Make sure to wash and rinse your lemon very well. Soap and water works well. If you cannot purchase organic lemons, conventional is fine. TIP: Warm or hot water is best if you suffer from blotting or constipation. Wait at least 30 minutes before drinking or eating anything.
  2. Homemade Green Juice: If you have more time, a homemade green juice is also a great alternative:  In a blender, add the following: 6-8 oz of Almond or Coconut Milk, a handful of cleaned and chopped, Kale, spinach, lettuce, 2-3 oz of Avocado, Juice of half a lemon, and organic dates for taste (optional). Blend at low speed then jump to high speed. Blend to desire consistency and ENJOY!

4. Lunch/dinner

Use the left over lemon from the morning and make yourself lemon water. Drink it 30 minutes before your favorite lunch meal to help with digestion and coat your intestines with alkaline minerals.  You have a busy life so prepping your lunch at night may not be ideal. The best next thing is to make sure you order a full plate of veggies (a salad or sautéed greens) and eat that first. Wait about 5-10 minutes before eating your favorite lunch.

TIP: Chew, chew and chew! The more you chew your food, the more nutrients the body can salad in a plate

5. Night

The night is a replica to the morning. End the day with a self-care act like the easy and quick 9 Morning self-care steps given above PLUS 

  1. Do not bring your cell phones to bed. If they serve as your alarm clock, then do yourself a favor and buy an alarm clock.
  2. Train yourself not to look at your cell phone 45mins before going to bed.
  3. Do not watch TV at least 45 minutes before going to bed
  4. And make sure your bedroom is your tech-free paradise
  5. Oh!, and don’t forget to have sex with your partner So here you have it! Simple, right!


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CeleBritAy inspiring Latinas to create health, beauty in their lives

My name is Elizabeth Santiago, a mother of three amazing children and wife to the most loving husband for 29 years. Born in Hell’s Kitchen Manhattan with Puerto Rican and Dominican descents