How Is Sugar Affecting Your Health?

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For most people, some added sugar in the diet is fine and will not cause short or long term health issues. In small quantities, the body has several mechanisms for using sugar effectively and disposing of the excess. However, the problem that most of us face is the realization that “some” is not a whole… Read more »

7 Tips to Improve Your Mental Health

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October is Mental Health Month at Balance Wellness! I am particularly excited to focus on this topic for a few reasons: 1. Mental health/illness is not talked about as much as it should be given how many people it affects (see #2) 2. Depression is the #1 cause of disability worldwide… seriously 3. I have… Read more »

Why Integrative Medicine is the Future of Healthcare

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All things considered, this is a great time to be alive. Global life expectancy has more than doubled since 1900 and we are far less likely to die from injuries or major diseases. Vaccines have eradicated the most common infectious diseases and advances in surgery and pharmaceuticals have restored quality of life to many who would… Read more »

Sleep Like a Baby with 5 Natural Sleep Aids

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We are not sleeping very well these days. A lot of us are overworked, stressed and taking part in activities throughout the day that are making it harder for us to get a good night’s sleep. We try to fight through the sleepiness with caffeine and “catching up” on the weekends, both of which actually… Read more »

6 Steps to Treat Low Back Pain Naturally

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The vast majority of us have had or will have low back pain at some point in our lives. If you’re active, or sit for long periods of time, you are more likely to experience discomfort. In fact, low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide AND the #1 reason for missed work… Read more »

Can Acupuncture Help with Neuropathy?

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People suffering with neuropathy (approximately 20 million Americans) are given very few options when it comes to effective treatment for the symptoms. Pharmaceuticals are a large part of standard care, and exercise, nutrition and footwear recommendations are sometimes given as well. Beyond those, many people suffering from neuropathy are told to try to come to… Read more »

What are the keys to a healthy lifestyle?

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People spend a lot of time and money trying to answer this question. There is a reason that “self-help” is a multi-billion dollar industry – people are unhealthy and unhappy and are looking for a quick fix. Well good news! I will gladly give you the keys to a healthy lifestyle, no purchase necessary. SPOILER… Read more »

The Effects of Chronic Stress

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We all have stress to deal with on a daily basis. Some stressors are large (e.g. personal health or family challenges) and others are relatively small (e.g. traffic or forgetting your snow boots when IT IS SNOWING IN AUSTIN!?!? – it’s been a crazy winter so far). Physiologically, we all respond to stress in a… Read more »