Alma Holistic in San Francisco gives
A radical new face to skincare
By Darrah Le Montre
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Hollywood Today) 10/12/11 – Whether it’s the anti-aging miracle pill, Protandim or microcurrent, a newly developed non-invasive, facelift treatment, Alma Arciniegas the founder of San Francisco’s Alma Holistic Center is pioneering ways to make sure you reflect the virtues of youth – from the inside out.
Protandim, featured on the Today Show with great claim of revitalization is an anti-aging breakthrough backed by solid science and clinical researches.
Alma Holistic founder Alma Arciniegas says, “In effect, it raises the glutathione, which is one of the body’s key antioxidants levels by 300%.”
This percentage is backed by a 2008 study by Free Radical Biology & Medicine.
Developed after 40 years of research exclusively for LifeVantage and featured on ABC, NBC, PBS, in “The Wall Street Journal,” and described in CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s book, “Chasing Life,” Protandim is the only product clinically-proven to reduce oxidative stress by 40%.
Protandim is a patented, anti-aging supplement specially formulated to combat oxidative stress and cell aging in your genes—where your DNA is damaged.
While traditional food and supplements eliminate one free radical for every one antioxidant molecule consumed, one Protandim a day eliminates free radicals at a rate of one million to one per second every second and reduces your oxidative stress level to that of a 20-year-old in just 30 days.
Protandim is not an antioxidant supplement. It helps your body produce its own antioxidants – with more power than any food or conventional supplement. In fact, in 2005, Dr. Joe McCord, a world renowned scientist, proved that Protandim consistently and significantly boosted the body’s own production of two crucial protective antioxidant enzymes, SOD (superoxide dismutase) and CAT (catalase). (Dr. McCord is best known for discovering SOD.)
These two enzymes help to neutralize the cell-damaging free radicals associated with aging and a variety of health conditions. Conditions, which, according to the Health Sciences Center at Louisiana State University, include skin cancer.
Interestingly, studies at the Department of Pediatrics at Texas Tech University show Protandim may improve markers of oxidative stress in those with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
It’s clear that right now, Protandim is the most comprehensive solution to aging and degenerative processes in the body.
Lucky for us, beauty and wellness expert, Arciniegas has also embraced a radical new non-surgical facelift procedure, called Micro-Current Facial Rejuvenation System at her diverse clinic. This landmark system leaves no scary side-effects.
Bogota-born Arciniegas says, “Micro-current does not cause trauma, it is non-invasive, non-aggressive and is a progressive treatment that builds collagen over a period of time. It works on increasing the energy of the skin cells so that they can boost your own collagen.”
And when might clients begin to see changes in their skin tone?
“It depends on how much damage has already been done to the skin and their commitment to improving their overall health, including diet, exercise, and skin-care regimen. But usually after the first treatment you can see a toner, firmer and glowing skin,” she divulged.
Client Marie Hurabiell, a San Francisco-based lawyer and mother, noticed a difference right away. She says, “The Micro-Current is amazing. It’s gentle. [Alma] runs the currents up different areas of your face. I feel tighter and brighter after I’ve been there. I thought it was something that would require six visits before you see any results. After the first time I did it, I saw results. I remember going to a meeting and a woman commented that I looked five years younger. I’m definitely going back.”
Trained at the internationally renowned Palazzo Benessere in Italy, Arciniegas then graduated from the Institute of Medicine and Aesthetics in Barcelona, Spain. Her expertise lies with anti-aging treatments and wellness.
Her school of thought incorporates examining the total body to attain wellness and treat health conditions. Her studies in morphology has taught her to consider the systems, such as the lymphatic and nervous systems, as well as the skin, eyes and liver, as an approach to promote good health.
First things first: food.
She says, “Drop the processed foods, drink more filtered water, drop the sugar and take some essential fatty acids. Food is medicine. It will heal you or kill you.”
Primarily a health coach, Arciniegas is also certified in aesthetics and colon hydrotherapy. She was recently appointed as the technical director of Intégréé USA, the most well-respected beauty company in Europe.
Peerless, she has traveled the world helping women and men become healthy and vibrant for the past twenty years.
But, what about the newbie?
“Start with a 20-minute walk each day. Be mindful. No processed food at all or very little red meat. Grass-fed and organic chicken, lamb and fish are best. Make sure the fish is low in mercury,” she explains.
While bodies are incredible, they respond to real change not just intention. Your willingness to change your life from the inside-out will exponentially improve not only the skin you’re in – but the way you feel. That’s where detox comes in. We’ve all heard about Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, and many other Hollywood elite, going on quickie diets to purge their over-indulgences on their latest trip to St. Tropez. These cayenne pepper and lemon juice fasts should come with a warning label, however. But beware, Arciniegas says, “these methods do not offer the proper liver support.”
A far better alternative to post-party fasts are Colon Hydrotherapy and Customized Cleanse Programs, which clear the body of pollutants we are constantly attacked by, such as cancergenics and heavy metals that can build up in the body over time. These are ongoing ways to stay healthy, rather than quick fixes.
Eight year client Huriabell started the detox program and colon hydrotherapy to lose the baby weight.
She explains, “I was in a dressing room one day and a woman asked what size I was. I said, ‘I used to be a 2 or a 4 but since I had my baby I am now a 6 or an 8.’ I was mortified to tell the woman that my baby was four and a half years old.”
She continues, “I began the cleanse in January 2010. Alma was my supporter, cheering me on the whole way. I lost ten pounds in three weeks. I used to have chronic stomach pains, and thought it was something I was going to have to live with forever. A week into the cleanse I realized I wasn’t having the pains.”
In addition to healing detox options, Alma Holistic offers a truly revolutionary approach to medicine, by staffing an N.D., a Naturopathic Doctor. Dr. Erika Horowitz, recently voted Best Of The Bay for the third year in a row. She tells us a little about what makes her work so special.
“The Naturopathic approach to health care is to hear each patient’s story, understand their unique health presentation and address each health concern,” she says.
“While also using scientific methods and arriving at many of the same diagnoses as M.D.s, Naturopathic doctors take a more holistic approach and try to understand causes behind a patient’s diagnosis so these can be effectively managed,” Dr. Horowitz adds.
Not to mention, N.D.’s are the only primary care doctors who are clinically trained in both natural and conventional medicine. Dr. Horowitz explains, “They attend accredited four-year graduate-level medical schools and they are trained in the same medical sciences as M.D.s, including the latest advances in medicine.”
You know you’re in good hands. As Arciniegas says, “I truly love what I do and am honored and humbled to be of service to my clients. Optimizing their health is my purpose in life.”
It’s this kind of dedication that sets Arciniegas apart from other wellness practitioners.
Hurabiell’s husband recently underwent a Colonoscopy after finding what he thought was blood in his stool. When Arciniegas found out, she asked Marie whether he often eats beets. A simple question no western medical staff presented. Turns out, the red-hued vegetable was the source of the scarlet traces – not blood. Hurabiell was astounded. She says, “[Alma] always amazes me. She has such insight into health and well being. She’s opposed to accepting things are what the prevailing information believes. Don’t undergo medical treatment if you don’t have to.”
Photo credits: Danielle Hall