Month: October 2018

Controlling Glucose Levels

Monday, 01 Oct 2018

Diabetes is a condition that affects how your body uses glucose (also known as blood sugar). Essential for good health, glucose provides energy for every cell in your body. There are two types of diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes means that your body does not produce insulin the insulin needed to control blood sugar; it is most often diagnosed in children and young adults.

Type 2 diabetes results when your body does not use insulin properly.

Julia Ward, MD, is an expert in holistic medicine in Sugar Land, and she helps patients develop eating plans that are filled with key nutrients designed to help control glucose levels. Patients who have a condition known as prediabetes can prevent their condition from escalating by focusing on food and fitness. Patients with diabetes can keep their disease in check by maintaining a healthy diet and fitness plan designed just for them – and designed to keep those glucose levels in check.

Controlling Glucose Levels
While many with diabetes must take medications to help control their condition, a beneficial diet is essential too. High blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels and affect the kidneys, eyes, and other parts of the body. By getting the right nutrition and minimizing foods that cause a spike in your blood sugar, you can protect your health.

Do you know the symptoms of diabetes? Watch for these common signs:

  • Constant hunger, even when you’re eating
  • Severe fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Urinating often
  • Numbness in the hands or feet

If you exhibit any of these symptoms of diabetes, consider consulting with Dr. Ward. She will order tests to confirm a diagnosis, and then will provide holistic treatments that consider every aspect of your health and well-being.

Call our medical office in Sugar Land at (281) 710-3380 — or request an appointment — and start feeling better today!

Healing the Gut

Monday, 01 Oct 2018

Protecting digestive health is important for preserving overall health. Yet, many people suffer from excessive bouts of indigestion, stomach cramps, heartburn, and other complaints associated with the digestive tract. Dr. Julia Ward of Balanced Body Image works with patients to boost or repair their GI health. Amazingly, once gut health is restored, these too-common complaints often ease.

Combating Leaky Gut
Leaky gut refers to intestinal permeability. If intestinal lining becomes ruptured or damaged, food particles, digestive juices, and even toxins associated with the intestinal process can leak into the bloodstream. Not surprisingly, this can lead to a host of problems that include chronic diarrhea, bloating, nutritional deficiencies, fatigue, rashes, joint pain, poor concentration, anxiety, and depression. When left unchecked, leaky gut may even lead to the development of an autoimmune disease.

Gut health can be restored. In her holistic medicine practice, Dr. Ward works with patients to develop a personalized plan for dealing with their leaky gut symptoms or other digestive complaints. Dr. Ward is a medical doctor, so she is able to effectively combine elements of conventional medicine with holistic measures to achieve the best outcomes for her patients.

What Happens during an Appointment?
Careful assessment is important for individualizing a care plan for patients. During an initial appointment, Dr. Ward will ask questions about symptoms, stress, diet, and any other element that might be causing the intestinal complaints. She then develops a treatment plan for repairing the gastrointestinal tract that may include eliminating toxins and restoring optimum health to the gut.

Healing the Digestive Tract
Can someone who suffers heartburn every other day suddenly arrive at a state where heartburn doesn’t occur? Yes, yes, and yes!

For some sufferers, adding probiotic-rich foods like yogurt and kefir do the trick. Other individuals might require more considerable dietary changes like food eliminations or a medical intervention. Dr. Ward often tells her patients that minimizing symptoms isn’t the answer. Yes, it’s possible to take an over-the-counter medicine to treat heartburn or alleviate constipation. But what is the genesis of these problems? That’s where Dr. Ward shines. Her holistic treatments get to the root of the problem so that symptoms disappear — and over-the-counter drugs stay put on store shelves.

If your digestive health is concerning you or you are experiencing symptoms related to leaky gut, contact Balanced Body Image and schedule a consultation with Dr. Ward. Getting your digestive health back on track is key to physical and even aspects of mental health. Call today.