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Picture of a jet taking off in a bright blue sky with scattered clouds: Text reads Got Travel Plans this Summer? Keep your skin looking great with our new travel-sized kits.Just in time for your summer travel plans, we have three new kits to help you keep your skin looking great on the go!

  • glo minerals The Body Travel Kit ($24) is a luxurious cream and body wash set with a light, fresh pear/grapefruit scent. (while supplies last)
  • glo therapeutics Fly With Me Kit ($60) has the skin cleansing and enhancing products you need for your face in convenient travel sizes. (while supplies last)
  • Obagi’s Nu Derm travel kit ($220) with hydroquinone is back! Get the fast results you love from Obagi’s original Nu Derm formula in handy travel sizes. (The full-sized kits of both Nu Derm FX with arbutin and Nu Derm with hydroquinone are also available.)

Call our office at 281-855-2273 today to order yours! Read the rest of this entry »

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Ramona Stehle

Knowing you need to exercise and figuring out how to fit it into your day are two separate challenges. Here are a few ideas on how to get your workout into your schedule both at home and at work. It’s all about knowing what the right S.T.E.P.S. are. Read the rest of this entry »

Do you ever feel like you have little or no luck? Do you see others getting raises, getting married, or living their dreams and feel like those things will never happen to you?

That feeling of lack, of being passed by, of being unlucky only makes you feel worse. For a moment, take a look at those who have things going well in their lives. What do you notice about their general attitude? About how they talk about what they have and what they want?

I’m not a betting person, but if I were, I’d bet they had an attitude of gratitude.

Sure, I hear you–it’s easy to feel gratitude when things are going well. True, we might have a chicken and egg thing going on here: Which came first, the luck or the gratitude? The difference is that one we don’t have much control over, the other we do.

So play along with me here for a minute. What do you have to lose? (A couple of minutes, and probably a bit of negative feelings)

Gratitude Exercise:

Fill in the blanks:

  • I’m grateful for the following people in my life: (list them and why you’re grateful for them.)
  • I’m grateful that _____________ is better than it was 5 years ago, 10 years ago, 20 years ago.
  • I’m grateful for these things I’ve purchased ______________________ (list art, furniture, clothes, etc. that you enjoy)
  • I appreciate ____________________.
  • I’m grateful for great memories of: (list details of specific events for each item below)
    • growing up
    • early adulthood
    • mid-adulthood
    • raising my kids/pets/traveling with friends
    • last vacation I took
  • I’m grateful for how much better I feel now that I played with this exercise–so grateful that I’m going to start doing this exercise when I first wake up and as the last thing I do before I fall asleep at night!

Feel free to leave a comment about what it was like to do this exercise!

-by Life Coach Carrie Koch

Balanced Health and Wellness is Northwest Houston and Katy’s premier medical wellness center, focused on providing individualized care for anyone seeking to achieve and maintain optimal wellness. From the nurturing decor to knowledgeable staff–experience the difference.

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Ramona Stehle

Most people start the new year with diet and fitness resolutions.

I believe February is a much better time to get started on fitness and diet resolutions.

In January, most of us are still recovering from the holidays and–although we hopefully have started cleaning up our diet–it can be hard to make changes all at once.

I use January to organize my house for the New Year.

I like to:

  • clean out toys for the kids
  • cull through clothes in the closets
  • update the new calendar
  • make new files

–my January is packed! By the time I feel more organized and ready for the new year, it’s almost February!

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Done properly, the new hCG program really can help you lose 2 sizes in about a month. hCG injections combined with a restricted food intake for 20 or 40 days can help you slim down safely—and fast! In November, we introduced this newest program, and we’ve seen fantastic results. Our hCG program differs from others in that it is medically supervised and every participant is supported by our experienced staff.

The hCG program is not a quick-fix starvation system. The program is: Read the rest of this entry »

Whether this is your first Balanced Health & Wellness Open House or your fifth, you’ll always find lots of great information, prizes, and savings. Even if you’ve been to a few, please take a second to read our top 10 reasons to attend — who knows, you might find something new!

  1. RSVP for an additional entry into the $1000 gift certificate Grand Prize drawing
  2. Eat and drink catered, healthy food and drinks from Tr’Lane Catering in Katy
  3. Meet Dr. Alavi and her staff in person and learn more about the products and services we offer
  4. Visit with experts from many of our vendors like Dysport and glo.minerals
  5. Get a head start on your holiday shopping by giving the gift of health this season
  6. Save with exclusive one-day discounts from 20% – 40% off
  7. Enter for the chance to win thousands of dollars worth of door prizes
  8. Learn about new services, products, and staff
  9. Earn exclusive additional monthly discounts just for attending
  10. Find many opportunities to enter the $1000 gift certificate grand prize drawing, including: 1 for your RSVP, 1 for attending, 1 for every $100 you spend, 1 for guessing this month’s Mystery Photo contest in our newsletter, and 1 for filling out the survey in the welcome packet at the event

If you’ve ever had one of my massages, you know how it always ends: a big glass of water and a strong reminder to continue to drink water throughout your day. Why? What’s so important about water? Let’s start at the beginning:

The most important glass of the day is first thing in the morning, because your muscles dehydrate when you’re sleeping. (Did you know your muscles are 70% water?) But even if that were not the case, I’d recommend it anyway because water benefits your body in so many ways, such as:

  • Boosting your metabolism
  • Lubricating your joints
  • Helping your kidneys
  • Aiding digestion and bowel function

If you don’t drink enough water, your overall health will decline. How much is enough? We suggest dividing your body weight by two, take that number and drink that many ounces of water  a day. For example, if you weighed 100 lbs, dividing by 2 equals 50. This person should drink 50 ounces of water a day. (see note at bottom of story for some smartphone apps that can help you track your daily water intake)

So that’s the basic background on why you should drink plenty of water. What does water have to do with massages? Plenty!

Drinking water before your massage helps hydrate your muscles so they’re easier to manipulate. Massage stimulates circulation and expresses water, salt, minerals, and toxins from your muscles. Drinking water after a massage flushes out the waste materials, which results in less muscle soreness and aching, and re-hydrates your muscles. The symptoms of muscle dehydration include:

  • muscle cramps
  • aches and pains
  • weakness and fatigue

Don’t reverse all the benefits of your massage by neglecting to properly hydrate your body and your muscles afterwards. So raise your glass of pure, clean water to keeping you healthy!
Cheers!

by Licensed Massage Therapist, Rena Leverence

Balanced Health and Wellness is Northwest Houston and Katy’s premier medical wellness center, focused on providing individualized care for anyone seeking to achieve and maintain optimal wellness. From the nurturing decor to knowledgeable staff–experience the difference.

Smartphone Applications to Help Track Water Intake
Read our related post on smartphone applications that can help you keep up with your recommended daily water intake.

Share Your Ideas
Are you good at keeping up with your water intake? Please share with us how you do it! We’d love to collect and share your ideas in a future blog post. Please tell us, in the comment section below, any tips and tricks you have for keeping yourself hydrated.

With the recent changes to the Obagi Nu-Derm Fx system, we’ve gotten quite a few questions about what each product does for your skin, and how to maximize your results. So we decided to write up a quick explanation of how each Obagi Nu-Derm Fx product works and why pairing the entire system with a Clarisonic Pro will help you get the best results fastest.

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PaleoMeal and PaleoMeal DF (Dairy Free) are nutrient-rich powdered meal replacements carefully balanced with the optimal ratio of protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals for most people. If you add PaleoFiber and PaleoGreens, you can create a great-tasting and satisfying balanced meal in a glass. We now carry two new flavors:

  • PaleoMeal (with Whey Protein)
    • Vanilla
    • Chocolate
    • Strawberry/Banana
    • NEW! Strawberry
  • PaleoMeal DF (Dairy Free, uses a plant-derived protein that’s free of casein, lactose, and gluten)
    • Vanilla/Berry
    • NEW! Vanilla

Call our office at 281-855-2273 to order your favorite flavor today!

It’s a simple function. We do it all day without thinking much about it at all. Breathing may be second nature, but are you breathing effectively? Taking time to really breathe deeply can help you:

  • Reduce stress
  • Temporarily reduce high blood pressure
  • Increase circulation
  • Minimize panic attacks
  • Gain mental clarity
  • Improve sleep
  • Increase energy
  • Improve overall wellness

The simple, effective breathing technique I’m sharing with you here, when done a minimum of twice a day, will greatly contribute to the above health benefits.

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