Month: March 2017

Holistic Medicine in Sugar Land offers Bioidentical Hormones

Monday, 20 Mar 2017

Over the course of our lives, we’re exposed to toxins (both environmental and dietary). These toxins contribute to a natural decline of hormones as we grow older. The side effects of hormonal imbalances can mimic those of other more serious health conditions. That is why it is so important to have our hormones evaluated by a highly trained physician as we grow older.

 

As synthetic hormones have been prescribed by doctors for years, numerous studies have indicated that synthetic hormone therapy may increase the likelihood of various types of cancer and heart disease. Because of the risks associated with synthetic hormones, many people are looking to a more natural approach to treat hormonal imbalances — bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).

 

What’s the Difference between Synthetic and Bioidentical Hormones?

Synthetic hormones are produced to treat the most common side effects of hormonal imbalances. Unfortunately, however, synthetic hormones are produced on a one-size-fits all basis. Since everyone has unique and different needs, synthetic hormones are less effective for some people than others.

 

Bioidentical hormones are derived from natural sources like soy and yams. Their purpose is to replicate the chemical structure of the hormones that our bodies naturally produce. Specialized compounding pharmacies work with prescribing physicians to create a unique bioidentical hormone regimen designed specifically for each patient.

 

Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

  • They’re naturally derived.
  • They can be metabolized properly by our bodies.
  • They can be compounded to treat one individual, unlike synthetic hormones that use a one-size-fits all approach.
  • Studies have indicated that bioidentical hormones are safer than synthetic hormones.

 

Dr. Julia Ward’s Approach

Julia Ward, MD is a bioidentical hormone doctor in Sugar Land, Texas. At Balanced Body Image, Dr. Ward uses BHRT to help patients who experience symptoms related to hormonal imbalance, including fatigue, depression, headaches and weight gain.

 

 

Contact Dr. Ward in her Sugar Land medical spa for optimal health and wellness options – including bioidentical hormones.

Improve Your Health with IV Nutrient Therapy by Holistic Medicine Doctor in Sugar Land

Monday, 20 Mar 2017

In holistic medicine, there are a variety of safe and effective ways to heal the mind and body while also addressing thecause of symptoms.  At Balanced Body Image, your source for holistic medicine in Sugar Land, Dr. Julia Ward believes in healthy aging with a personal touch. A service she offers, IV nutrient therapy, improves health and well-being through vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.

 

How does it work?

 

Intravenous (or IV) therapy is used across the medical field for numerous conditions such as infections, multiple sclerosis (MS), and cancer; however, IV therapy also benefits those seeking to boost their overall health and wellness. IV nutrient therapy means vitamins, minerals, and other naturally-occurring nutrients (such as amino acids) are infused directly into the bloodstream through an IV.

 

While it can take up to eight hours for oral supplements to be absorbed into your body, IV therapy allows nutrients to be available instantly with immediate access to the bloodstream. The effects are often felt instantly, which is the reasons why IV nutrient therapy is gaining in popularity.

 

Besides its support of overall wellness, IV nutrient therapy has been shown to benefit many health conditions such as:

 

  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Infections

 

At Balanced Body Image, our quiet, comfortable office offers a private and relaxing IV therapy experience. Boost your energy, strengthen your immune system, and restore your body’s natural supply of nutrients.

 

Call our Sugar Land, Texas medical spa at (281) 710-3380 and find out if IV nutrient therapy is right for you.

Renew Your Skin with Botox at Sugar Land Medical Spa

Monday, 20 Mar 2017

Age isn’t always very kind to our skin.  The decreasing amount of collagen and elastin in the skin — plus repeated facial expressions (such as frowning) — can eventually cause skin to wrinkle and sag. Daily pollutants and sun exposure only add to skin troubles, making some people feel as if achieving healthier looking skin is a lost cause. There’s no reason to stop smiling, though. Skin rejuvenation therapies have come a long way, and safer options for enhanced skin are more available today than ever before. Dr. Julia Ward and her team at Balanced Body Image, a medical spa in Sugar Land, offers services to improve the appearance of your skin and reverse the effects of aging and the environment.

 

One such skin rejuvenation service is the facial injectable, Botox.

 

Botox, made from onabotulinum toxin A, essentially paralyzes facial muscles to smooth the skin’s surface. Recent studies have also indicated that Botox may increase the skin’s natural ability to stretch and promote the production of collagen and elastin. Those two proteins together can make skin tighter, firmer, and more flexible.

 

Botox is FDA-approved, safe and painless. While anesthesia isn’t needed before the injections, you may have the area numbed beforehand with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. The procedure is quick — typically lasting 10 minutes — and requires no recovery time. Results can be noticed within a few days of treatment and last for months.

 

With injectables like Botox, Dr. Ward helps enhance your skin so that you’ll feel younger and more confident about your appearance. The most common uses for Botox include:

 

  • Smoothing horizontal forehead wrinkles as well as the fine lines and wrinkles between the brows (frown lines), around the eyes (crow’s feet), and around the mouth
  • Eyebrow shaping and enhancement
  • Brow lifting

 

Dr. Ward also offers many other anti-aging and functional medicine therapies at her Sugar Land medical spa, with services such as IV nutrient therapy, bioidentical hormones, and micronutrient testing. She also addresses health concerns such as adrenal fatigue, intestinal health, and the effect of environmental toxins.

Start looking and feeling better through proven holistic and functional medicine therapies. Contact Dr. Ward today at (281) 710-3380.

Sugar Land Medical Spa offers Pellet Therapy for Hormone Insufficiency

Friday, 17 Mar 2017

When you see the word, “testosterone,” you may automatically think of it as a male hormone; however, women need testosterone too. If your body doesn’t produce enough testosterone, the deficiency can lead to a decline in physiologic and psychological functions that can reduce your quality of life. Common symptoms of a testosterone deficiency include weight gain, mental confusion and a lack of muscle tone.

 

Without proper amounts of testosterone, the brain cannot produce serotonin — a neurotransmitter that supports emotional balance. When there isn’t enough testosterone to balance with estrogen and produce serotonin, a woman can experience emotional instability that can result in irritability, anxiety, anger, depression and sleep disturbances. If the deficiency goes untreated, it could affect not only the brain, but also the heart, bones, muscle, and metabolism.

 

In her Sugar Land medical spa, Dr. Julia Ward uses pellet therapy to help women regain mental clarity, muscle, and libido. The hormones she uses are derived from natural plant sources and replicate the body’s naturally occurring hormone levels. When placed under the skin, the pellet implants consistently release small doses of hormones, unlike other forms of hormone therapy that can produce hormone levels that fluctuate greatly and may cause adverse reactions.

 

The procedure is quite simple. Dr. Ward inserts a small pellet in the fatty tissue beneath the skin where the hormones released can reach the blood stream. The pellets are smaller than a grain of rice and can be easily implanted right at her office, Balanced Body Image. Typically, the pellets last about four months as they give the body the proper level of testosterone consistently through the day, as opposed to pills or injections that can cause a “roller coaster” of side effects and emotions.

 

Many people who use pellet testosterone therapy report a more stable lifestyle with less pain, fatigue and anxiety.

 

If you’re experiencing symptoms that may be related to a testosterone deficiency, contact Dr. Julia Ward at Balanced Body Image. Together, you can discuss whether testosterone pellet therapy is right for you — and start feeling like yourself again.