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.

Holistic Medicine and a Natural Approach to Adrenal Fatigue

Thursday, 10 Nov 2016

Adrenal fatigue is a condition not discussed very often, and yet it is a health complaint experienced by many. Try this pop quiz about the symptoms of adrenal fatigue:

  • Have you ever wondered why you are tired the minute you wake up?
  • Are you constantly on edge or frequently ill?
  • Do you have persistent weight gain and stubborn tummy fat?
  • Do you rely on caffeine and sugar for energy every afternoon?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you may be experiencing adrenal fatigue. Also known as adrenal imbalance, this condition can leave you exhausted, irritable, unable to concentrate, and unable to lose those extra inches around your tummy.

To understand adrenal fatigue, it may help to know a little more about the adrenal glands and their function.

Meet the Adrenals

Located on top of each kidney, these tiny glands produce the hormones that keep your body functioning. In fact, without the adrenal glands, your body wouldn’t be able to respond to stress, think clearly, convert food into energy, regulate your blood pressure, and more. In other words, the little adrenal glands have a very big job.

One of the many hormones produced by the adrenal glands is hydrocortisone. Also called cortisol, this hormone helps your body convert the food you eat (fat, protein and carbs) into energy. Another hormone is adrenaline (also known as epinephrine).

Adrenaline and cortisol partner up when you exercise or you’re under stress, supplying the energy you need to finish your workout – or escape a stressful situation. Known as a “fight or flight” response, adrenaline and cortisol supply glucose (sugar) to your muscles for energy, cause your heart to beat faster and your blood to pump through your body harder. That’s why you feel a rush when you’re stressed, your heart races, and your blood pressure rises. Once the situation is resolved, adrenaline and cortisol return to their normal levels.

Now here’s the problem. In today’s fast-moving, stress-filled, schedule-pounding society, your adrenal glands are overworked. With constant stress, they stay on high alert.

So What is Adrenal Fatigue, Anyway?

Adrenal fatigue is really a misnomer – the adrenals are not muscles and don’t get “fatigued”.  It is, however, easier to think of it this way rather than HPA-axis dysfunction (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis dysfunction).

When cortisol is constantly high for long periods of time, your body ignores the signals to produce more.  Studies have shown that cortisol is very damaging to neurons in the parts of your brain that contain memories – the hippocampus.  Thus, this may be a defense mechanism to protect your brain.  When your cortisol is too low this causes an entirely new set of problems – mostly constant fatigue and illness.

Stress and high cortisol production also “steal” from sex hormone production.  This is because both cortisol and the sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone) come from cholesterol.  When you are under physical or emotional stress, the body will make cortisol before it will make the sex hormones.  This makes sense because the body needs cortisol for survival — and when survival is important, reproduction is not.

The other thing that cortisol does is to make sure that the body has enough energy to run or get away quickly from that stress (such as a bear chasing you).   This causes your blood sugar to run high.  Constant high blood sugar makes your body resistant to insulin.  This contributes to weight gain around the middle as well as putting you on the slippery slope towards diabetes.

What are the Symptoms?

Everyone is different, but common symptoms of adrenal imbalance include:

  • Food cravings
  • Weakened immune response
  • Inability to stay focused and on task
  • Inability to deal with stress; anxiety attacks; overwhelming feelings
  • Fatigue, lack of motivation
  • Sleep disturbances (such as inability to stay asleep or feeling exhausted each morning after sleep)


Functional Medicine Finds the Cause

Julia Ward, MD, a functional medicine physician in Sugar Land, will diagnose your adrenal fatigue – and help your body return to a healthy balance. Her first task is to be certain your symptoms are not due to any other health conditions. With a thorough medical history and diagnostic tests (such as a simple saliva test), Dr. Ward will provide a diagnosis and treatment plan that considers your whole body and how every system interacts.

A plan of care for adrenal imbalance may include guidance for:

  • Stress reduction. Try your best to reduce the stress levels in your life. Let go of perfectionism and redefine what “success” means to you.
  • Lifestyle changes. Modify your eating habits to include vegetables, protein and healthy carbs.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially after exercise, and find alternatives to sugary, caffeinated drinks.
  • Get your zzzzz’s. Turn off the television, put down your iPad. Get to bed earlier and allow your body to rest.


Bring balance back to your body. For more information about holistic medicine, metabolic health and anti-aging in Sugar Land, call our office at (281) 710-3380.

Turn Back the Clock and Enhance Your Appearance

Thursday, 10 Nov 2016

Sugar Land MD offers Anti-Aging Treatments

At Balanced Body Image, the best medical spa in Sugar Land, it’s our goal to bring wellness, radiance, and the healthy look you desire into your life. Julia Ward, MD, medical director, utilizes non-surgical treatments for facial rejuvenation and the removal of worry lines, crow’s feet, and other unwanted lines and wrinkles.

Would you like to know how?

Dr. Ward utilizes injectable medications such as Botox®, Dysport, Xeomin, and Restylane to reduce or eliminate laugh lines, folds and wrinkles – without surgery – and restore a smoother, healthier, and more youthful appearance.

Frowning, squinting, and scowling are all facial expressions caused when your facial muscles contract. The skin on your face moves along with those muscles, creating fine lines between the eyebrows, wrinkles around the eyes, and crow’s feet.

  • Approved by the FDA in 2002, Botox® Cosmetic blocks the communication between your nerves and facial muscles, relaxing them to eliminate those fine lines. A single Botox treatment may last up to 3 months.
  • Similar to Botox, Dysport temporarily relaxes facial muscles to improve the appearance of lines and forehead wrinkles. Also like Botox, the active ingredient in Dysport is botulinum toxin Type A. What’s different is the size of the dosage. Dysport dosages are smaller and, subsequently, more units may be required.

Another facial rejuvenator is the colorless gel, Restylane®. This injectable medication provides volume to your lips, fills in smile lines, and smooths facial folds. You can expect to maintain your younger appearance for about 6 months. The main ingredient of Restylane is hyaluronic acid, a substance that is natural to your body. Dr. Ward also uses a similar product, Voluma, for added facial volume (such as fuller cheeks) and contour.

To begin, Dr. Ward will carefully examine your face; that is, every wrinkle and fold. She will listen carefully to your goals – and together you will discuss a plan of action tailored specifically for you.

It’s simple, really. Improve your facial appearance and rejuvenate your skin with the advanced techniques offered by Dr. Ward and the Sugar Land medical spa, Balanced Body Image.

A more youthful you is just a phone call away! Get started by calling our office at (281) 710-3380