Introducing FuelThyCells: San Diego’s First Sea Moss Shop + Juice Bar
Founded by wife and husband, Erika and Tahlor Baxter, FuelThyCells is San Diego’s 1st and only sea moss shop and juice bar. Read on to learn about Erika’s health journey and how sea moss’ benefits are wide ranging.
FuelThyCells Sea Moss Shop + Juice Bar Founders / Owners Erika + Tahlor Baxter
The FuelThyCells journey began when Erika and Tahlor Baxter were searching for answers to help Erika manage her severe Stage 4 endometriosis. “It was awful,” shares Erika. “I was on so many meditations and was miserable for three weeks every month.”
Tahlor researched and read countless articles to find a healthy alternative and landed on the work of “Dr. Sebi,” a Honduran herbalist healer and self-proclaimed doctor, who championed the health benefits of an alkaline-based diet and the consumption of red algae, also known as “Irish sea moss.”
Within weeks of taking sea moss, Erika noticed a major improvement in her symptoms and her energy levels, and she was able to wean herself off of medications. Erika and Tahlor then decided to share their knowledge with others and create a sea moss product of their own, and FuelThyCells was born.
What are Sea Moss’ Health Benefits?
Irish sea moss is a type of edible red algae (chondrus crispus) that is harvested for use in health supplements and as carrageenan, a thickening ingredient used in many commercial foods. It grows on the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean, primarily between North America and Europe.
With 92 different vitamins and minerals plus a high fiber content, sea moss has been purported to have many health benefits, including:
- Boosting your immunity
- Building muscle
- Improving blood sugar control
- Promoting weight loss
- Boosting your libido
- Lowering bad cholesterol
- Supporting gut health
- Supporting thyroid health
- Reducing risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease
“We also add burdock root and bladderwrack to add ten more minerals and vitamins to increase sea moss’ benefits,” says Tahlor.
How FuelThyCells Sea Moss is Made
FuelThyCells Sea Moss is made of fresh sea moss, sourced directly from the coast of St. Lucia and its coral reefs. “We put it through a deep clean process with fresh spring water and add lime [to turn it alkaline],” says Erika. “Our sea moss is so unique. It’s smooth and clean, and the different combos we have together…no one else has mastered yet.”
Once the sea moss has been through the alkaline process, the FuelThyCells team add fruit, spices and other enhancing ingredients to create unique flavor blends. The most popular sea moss combo is Aloha, a smooth, tropical blend of mango and pineapple. Other blends include:
- Apple cinnamon
- Blue spirulina / spirulina
- Dragon bomb (dragon fruit / pineapple)
- Twist (strawberry / mango)
How to Use Sea Moss
Simply add a spoonful directly to your smoothie, oatmeal, tea or have a spoon directly from the jar.
“You can take it in the morning on an empty stomach and curb your hunger,” says Tahlor. “It’s also great to have pre- and post-workout.”
Consuming large quantities of sea moss can lead to heightened or excessive iodine levels. Just one teaspoon of sea moss a day should supply you with the nutrients you would need.
FuelThyCells also has a full range of skin care products including a coconut milk seamoss bar soap and seamoss skin masks (great for acne and irritated skin). You can even spoon seamoss directly on to your skin and use it as a mask as well.
FuelThyCells Sea Moss + Juice Bar
The FuelThyCells Sea Moss shop and juice bar carries all of its sea moss products and blends, and you can order a sea moss-infused juice or sea moss vegan banana pudding to try. You can also find FuelThyCells at many farmers’ markets around San Diego County and also order products online at fuelthycells.com.
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday 11am-4pm