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Do you think you’re doing pretty well in keeping up with your water intake? Or are you the opposite and need help in keeping track of your water intake?

We’ve found smartphone applications for all the major operating systems that can help you keep track of the water you actually consume. You may be surprised at how much or little water you actually drink. If you use any of these applications or have others that you use and like, please feel free to comment so we can share your input.

Keep in mind that if you drink caffeine during the day, we recommend you drink at least as much water, if not double the amount of ounces of caffeinated beverage you consumed.

The following smartphone applications for Blackberry, iPhone, and Android phones are not in any way affiliated with Balanced Health and Wellness, and we cannot verify the integrity of the applications. Use at your own risk.

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
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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.

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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As the weather heats up and we start spending more time outdoors, we often think about sunscreen to maintain the health of our skin.

It’s true if you intend to spend lots of time in the sun, you should use sunscreen–however, daily exposure to the sun for about 10 – 20 minutes, preferably between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the best UVB intensity, will cause your body to produce the vitamin D you need.

To avoid sun damage, only stay out without sunscreen long enough for your skin to turn slightly pink–after that you won’t produce any more vitamin D, and you’ll begin skin damage. Generally, the darker your skin the longer you’ll need to stay out.

But, what does vitamin D do, you ask? More than you’d think! It’s been shown to prevent or influence many conditions*, including:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Cavities
  • Chrohn’s disease
  • Cold & Flu
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Diabetes 1 and 2
  • Eczema & Psoriasis
  • Hearing Loss
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Inflammatory Bowl Disease
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Macular degeneration
  • Migranes
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscle pain
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Periodontal disease
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Reduced C-section risk
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seizures
  • Septicemia
  • Signs of aging
  • Tuberculosis

* according to Dr. Mercola

An alternative to daily sun exposure is to take a vitamin D supplement. Most studies recommend taking 5,000 IU of vitamin D daily, or 35 IUs of vitamin D per pound of body weight. Not sure if you need a vitamin D supplement? Well, knowing the importance of vitamin D, Dr. Alavi includes that level in her standard lab tests. Over the past several years, more than 95% of those tested at our clinic alone had less than optimal levels and would benefit from a vitamin D supplement. Call our office at 281-855-2273 if you’re interested in testing or supplements.

Do you have symptoms of adrenal stress? Take this fun little quiz to see if you might. Disclosure: This quiz is for entertainment purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Adrenal Burnout quiz

Are you so busy handling your life that you’re not making time to really enjoy it? Do you hear quotes like, “Stop and smell the roses,” and say, yeah, I really have to do that…someday?

That time is now. This IS your life. Are you living it? Are you LOVING it?

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The best protection against the flu this season is to keep your immune system functioning optimally. Below are the top 10 practices for optimizing your immune system:

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If you’re on bio-identical hormone creams, it’s important to ensure proper absorption of the hormones prescribed for you. Proper absorption can be affected by two factors: saturation and penetration.

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