Why I’m tossing out my table salt

Salt has a pretty bad reputation.  Everyone knows that too much salt can cause water retention, hypertension, and even heart disease.

But sodium is the most important electrolyte, and it’s responsible for regulating the water content in your body.  Sodium is also necessary for muscle, brain, and nervous system function.

So, did you know that most of us are eating the wrong kind of salt?

Regular table salt is about as far from natural as you can get and your body doesn’t know what to do with it, which leads to water retention and health problems.

Natural salt, AKA pure sea salt, contains 84 trace minerals that your body needs for optimum health.  In contrast, table salt is highly processed in excessive heat which strips away 82 of these minerals, leaving behind only sodium and chloride.

Nowadays, it is difficult to obtain the minerals your body needs from food because American farmlands are overworked, leading to mineral depletion in our soil. And if minerals aren’t present in the soil, they won’t be present in the food that we eat.

Therefore, the easiest way to consume these vital minerals is by eating sea salt. Sea salt is produced by the evaporation of seawater and although our land is becoming mineral depeleted, our planet’s seas are still abundant in minerals.

The two most popular forms of sea salt are Himalayan Sea Salt and Celtic Sea Salt, and both contain 84 trace minerals.

Himalayan Salt is a beautiful pink salt that is as old as the earth.  Himalayan Salt dates back to the earth’s creation and is believed to be composed of dried remnants of the original, primal sea. How cool is that?! Celtic Sea Salt has a grayish-white hue and is naturally harvested in Brittany, France, near the Celtic Sea.

The 11 Benefits of Sea Salt
1. While table salt makes you retain water, sea salt does the opposite by helping your body achieve the optimum electrolyte balance, flushing out excess water.

2. Sea salt improves hydration because it contains many of the major electrolytes like sodium, magnesium, calcium, and potassium.  Instead of drinking Gatorade to replenish electrolytes, I add a pinch of Himalayan Salt to my drinking water (one pinch per liter).

3. Arguably one of the biggest benefits of sea salt is that it provides your body with the vital trace minerals that it needs for optimum health.

4. Because sea salt is so rich in minerals, it boosts your immune system and enhances resistance to infection and bacterial diseases.

5. Sea salt helps allergy sufferers by breaking up mucus, reducing congestion in your lungs and nasal passages, and supporting sinus and respiratory health.

6. While table salt can cause high blood pressure, sea salt has been shown to normalize blood pressure, regulate the heartbeat, and support vascular health.

7. Sea salt eliminates harmful sodium deposits from your body and can dissolve kidney and gallbladder stones.

8. Sea salt is helpful for diabetics because it can help balance blood sugar and promotes blood sugar health.

9. Sea salt eases muscle cramps by providing essential minerals to the muscles.

10. Consuming sea salt promotes a healthy pH balance in your cells, which improves brain function.  Sea salt alkalizes your body and reduces excess acidity, which is a cause of many degenerative diseases.

11. If you are taking a magnesium supplement, sea salt will help the magnesium to be more effective. Find out if you are magnesium deficient here.

How to use sea salt
Even though the benefits listed above are pretty awesome, sea salt should still be used in moderation.  The recommended daily intake for sodium is 2400mg per day, or about one teaspoon.

You can use Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salt instead of regular table salt in your cooking and to flavor your food, and it tastes much better!  Pure sea salt tastes “saltier” than table salt, so you generally need to use only 2/3 of the amount of salt that you would normally use.

And as I mentioned above, you can add a pinch of sea salt to your drinking water to add electrolytes and minerals for increased hydration.  I add a pinch of Himalayan Salt to every liter of my drinking water.  I tend to use Celtic Sea Salt in my cooking and Himalayan Sea Salt in my drinking water.

You can purchase my favorite Himalayan Sea Salt here and my favorite Celtic Sea Salt here.

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Are your hands giving you away?

Are your hands giving away your biggest secret (your real age)?

Hands show signs of aging faster than any other part of the body.  Unlike your face and neck which are constantly pampered with the best anti-aging creams and treatments, we often forget about our hands, exposing them to harsh temperatures, cleaning products, and UV rays.

As we age, our hands lose volume, making them look thinner and hollowed because the fatty layer disappears, revealing tendons, veins, crepey skin, and wrinkles.

Luckily, you can easily turn back the clock with U. Med Spa’s Hand Augmentation, which uses the volumizing filler Radiesse to correct volume loss in the back of the hands, providing smooth, immediate, and natural-looking results.

And the amazing thing about Radiesse is that it’s much more than a cosmetic filler. Radiesse also works as a collagen stimulator, encouraging your body to produce more collagen in the area where it is injected, which accumulates over time for long-lasting results.

Check out the video below to view a demonstration of U. Med Spa’s Hand Augmentation.

Radiesse Hand Augmentation

U. Med Spa’s Hand Augmentation is quick and painless, taking only 15 minutes.  We also use a topical numbing anesthetic to ease any discomfort.

Results are immediate and long-lasting due to the collagen-stimulating properties of Radiesse, ranging from 15-18 months.

So don’t let aging hands reveal your biggest secret. For a limited time, U. Med Spa’s Hand Augmentation is only $849, regularly $1200.

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U. Med Spa’s Big Summer Botox Giveaway!

Happy 4th of July!  Today I want to have some fun, which is why I’m dying to tell you about U. Med Spa’s Big Summer Botox Giveaway!

As you probably know, U. Med Spa really loves giving away free stuff.  And every Friday, we choose one lucky winner to receive a free area of Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin.

But since it’s summertime and we are feeling so carefree, we want to majorly up our game.  Which is why on August 15th (which also happens to be my son’s first birthday!), TEN WINNERS will be randomly selected to win a free area of Botox! I’m SUPER excited!

Plano Botox

One area of Botox equals 20 units, which can also be traded out for one area of Dysport (50 units), or one area of Xeomin (20 units).

The ten winners of U. Med Spa’s Summer Botox Giveaway will be notified via email on August 15th and posted on our Facebook page!

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

AND…I am very excited to tell you that we now have new and improved online booking!  YAY!  You can now book any of our services (even injectables) 24/7 by clicking here

Give us a call at 972.943.UMED (8633) to book your next appointment or schedule a free consultation.

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Introducing Juvederm Vollure!

U. Med Spa is now offering Juvederm Vollure, the newest FDA-approved hyaluronic acid-based facial filler. Vollure is best for filling in nasolabial folds, AKA smiles lines or parentheses marks on each side of the nose.

So what makes Juvederm Vollure so special?  Vollure lasts up to 18 months while most facial fillers on the market last about 12 months.

Another cool thing about Vollure is that it is made from a combination of low and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid which makes it firm enough to fill in lines and folds, but soft enough to look natural when you smile or make other facial expressions. This unique formula also minimizes swelling, shortening recovery time.

JUVEDERM VOLLURE WEB-updatedFor a limited time, we are offering Juvederm Vollure for $550 per syringe (regular pricing is $650 per syringe).

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U. Med Spa’s Summer Soiree is this Thursday!

U. Med Spa's Summer Soiree

It’s almost time!

U. Med Spa’s Summer Soiree is this Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 pm!

Please join us for pineapple margaritas, champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts.  We are also giving away a ton of gifts and prizes, and offering our best specials on cosmetic injectables.

Our Summer Soiree specials can be purchased online, by phone, or in store from now until this Saturday, June 24th and you can use your injectables whenever you like!

SUMMER SOIREE BACK-WEB

Purchase online below or give us a call at 972.943.8633

$199 Botox (20 units): The wrinkle relaxer that started it all.  Botox relaxes facial lines and wrinkles and lasts about 3 months. Regular Price: $300

$199 Dysport (50 units): Our favorite wrinkle relaxer because Dysport lasts the longest and goes the farthest. Dysport spreads more than Botox and Xeomin, making it ideal for treating larger areas like the forehead. Regular Price: $275

$199 Xeomin (20 units): The wrinkle relaxer that offers the fastest results and contains zero additives, making you less likely to become resistant. Regular Price: $280

$375 per syringe Belotero: The only filler that can be used to treat lines around the eyes. Regular Price: $400

$399 per syringe Volbella:  The fine line filler that can subtly plump up the lips, and fill in vertical lip lines and fine lines on the face. Regular Price: $450

$475 per syringe Restylane: Our favorite filler for plumping up the lips, making them juicy and kissable. Regular Price: $550

$500 per syringe Juvederm: Great for filling in naso-labial folds and marrionette lines, and for injecting under the brow to create a lift. Regular Price: $575

$500 per vial Sculptra: Stimulates the production of your own collagen for gradual results that won’t give you away. Regular Price: $600

$500 per vial Kybella: An injectable treatment that breaks down, destroys, and dissolves fat cells underneath the chin. Regular Price: $600

$550 per syringe Radiesse: The facial filler that can do it all. Radiesse is our favorite for creating “model cheeks”, for filling in lost facial volume and erasing shadows under the eyes, and for defining the chin and jawline. Radiesse can also be used to plump up aging hands, fill in acne scars, and to perform liquid nose jobs. Regular Price: $650

$550 per syringe Refyne:  A unique injectable product made of flexible hyaluronic acid that allows it to bend, or “flex” with your skin as you make facial expressions, creating softer and more natural-looking results.  Best for treating laugh lines and nasolabial folds. Regular Price: $650

$550 per syringe Defyne:  Like Refyne, Defyne is made of flexible hyaluronic acid, but it is sturdier.  While Refyne is best for moderate laugh lines, Defyne is meant to plump up and fill in deep lines, without restricting your natural facial movements and expressions. Regular Price: $650

$599 per treatment AquaGold:  An all-over facial smoothing and tightening treatment that is like photoshopping your skin in real life. AquaGold can be used to rejuvenate your face, neck, and chest. Regular Price: $750

$700 per syringe Juvederm Voluma: The best filler for defining the jaw line and to use in combination with Radiesse for cheek augmentation.  Voluma is a long-lasting filler with results lasting up to 2 years. Regular Price: $750

$1200: Liquid Facelift (2 Syringes of Radiesse + one area of Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin): Creates youthful contours, restores lost volume, and smooths out facial wrinkles. Regular Price: $1500

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We can’t wait to see you on Thursday!

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How to correct a magnesium deficiency

If you read my last post, you know that magnesium deficiency is incredibly common and can cause a wide range of ailments including anxiety, fatigue, high blood pressure, migraines, muscles spasms. insomnia, and much more.

Today, I’m going to talk to you about magnesium testing and the best ways to correct a magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium Testing

To find out if you’re magnesium deficient, ask your doctor for a magnesium RBC test, which is much more accurate than the more common magnesium serum test (only severe magnesium deficiencies will show up on a magnesium serum test).

Optimum Magnesium Levels

In our magnesium-deficient population, the average ranges that show up on magnesium RBC tests are between 4.2 and 6.8 mg/dl.  According to experts, you should try to aim for the higher end of the spectrum, between 6.0 and 6.5 mg/DL.

Dietary Magnesium

So how do you correct a magnesium deficiency?  The easiest way is to eat less processed food and more organic and raw foods.  Foods high in magnesium include wheat germ, kelp, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and high quality sea salt.

Magnesium Supplements

Magnesium supplements are another great way to get your magnesium levels up, however, most magnesium supplements have a laxative effect, which makes it difficult for your body to actually absorb and use the magnesium.

ReMag is a fantastic new magnesium supplement formulated by magnesium expert Dr. Carolyn Dean.  ReMag is magnesium of such tiny molecular size that it bypasses the stomach and intestines, so it doesn’t cause a laxative effect. Instead, ReMag has a 100% absorption rate because it is instantly absorbed into the cells.

Magnesium supplement dosage for men and women is 3 to 4.5 mg/day per lb of body weight.  For example, a 150 lb woman would aim for between 450 and 675 mg of supplemental magnesium a day.  If you work out vigorously, aim for 4.5 mg/day because exercise burns magnesium.

When you first begin taking a magnesium supplement, start off slow and then increase your dosage every 2-3 days until you reach the recommended dosage.

You also want to space out your magnesium supplement over a couple of doses a day, ideally first thing in the morning, and right before bedtime, and taking magnesium on an empty stomach will increase absorption.

Most people find that taking their magnesium supplement right before bed helps them sleep well because magnesium relaxes your muscles and slows your heart beat, while also easing leg cramps, restless leg syndrome, and muscle tension.

Topical Magnesium

Another great and relaxing way to increase your magnesium intake is by taking magnesium salt baths.  You can use either epsom salts, which have about a 10% absorption rate into the skin, or magnesium chloride flakes, which have about a 12% absorption rate.

Limit your soak to about thirty minutes and use no more than 2 cups at a time. Any more than that can cause a laxative effect.

Another popular topical magnesium supplement is magnesium oil, which is applied directly to the skin and left to dry. Magnesium oil is a simple combination of magnesium chloride flakes and distilled water and is very easy to make.  However, magnesium oil can burn and itch, which is why I prefer using magnesium lotion, which is magnesium oil combined with soothing plant butters.

My current magnesium regimen is ReMag twice a day, first thing in the morning and right before bed, magnesium lotion twice a day, after a workout and before bed, and 2-3 magnesium salt baths per week.  I feel fantastic and my symptoms of magnesium deficiency are disappearing fast.

I hope you have found this information helpful and if you aren’t feeling your best or have symptoms of magnesium deficiency, I urge you to think about getting your magnesium levels tested and increasing your magnesium intake.  And if you would like more information, I’d highly recommend that you read “The Magnesium Miracle” by magnesium expert Dr. Carolyn Dean.

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U. Med Spa’s Summer Soiree

U. Med Spa's Summer Soiree

It’s Party Time!  U. Med Spa’s Summer Soiree is only two weeks away!

Please join us on Thursday, June 22nd from 5:30-8:30 pm for pineapple margaritas, champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts.  We are also giving away a ton of gifts and prizes, and offering our best specials on cosmetic injectables.

We can’t wait to see your beautiful face!

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You are probably magnesium deficient

According to the National Academy of Sciences, most Americans are magnesium deficient, and experts believe that magnesium deficiency causes as much as 50 to 70 percent of chronic illnesses.

If you are experiencing fatigue, migraines, insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure, decreased exercise capacity, or muscle aches and spasms, you are probably magnesium deficient.

There are two main reasons why magnesium deficiency is so common. First, magnesium is missing from our soil because American farmlands have been overworked for decades, leading to mineral depletion. Second, our calcium intake is excessive, and high calcium levels will deplete magnesium.

Calcium and magnesium share a special relationship because they have opposite functions: calcium contracts muscles while magnesium relaxes muscles.

For optimum health, calcium and magnesium levels must be in balance, but researchers have found that the ratio of calcium to magnesium in America is approaching 6 to 1. I actually started researching magnesium after having health problems from the high amount of calcium in my water.

Magnesium is a crucial mineral and plays an active role in an astounding 700-800 processes in the body including energy production, heart health, and nervous system protection. Some of the many benefits of magnesium include:

Increased Energy
The most important function of magnesium is the production and storage of energy. Magnesium is crucial for adenosine triphosphate production (ATP), which are the energy packets inside our cells. Without enough magnesium to produce adequate ATP, we will feel fatigued.

Stress Relief
The high pace of modern life produces the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which eats up magnesium. And low magnesium levels will cause our blood vessels to constrict, our heart rate to go up, and our muscles to contract, which produces more adrenaline and cortisol, causing a dangerous cycle of more and more magnesium depletion.

Less Anxiety
Magnesium deficiency is a common cause of panic attacks. Magnesium calms the nerves, eases muscle tension, promotes relaxation, and helps to produce feel-good hormones like serotonin.

Faster Workout Recovery
Exercise burns magnesium, so if you feel sick or run down after a workout, this is usually a sure sign of magnesium deficiency. Adequate magnesium levels will ease muscle tension and reduce lactic acid buildup that can result in muscle pain after a workout.

Better Sleep
Magnesium can ease insomnia because it relaxes your muscles and decreases your heart rate, making it easier to get a good night’s sleep. The muscle-relaxing benefit of magnesium can also ease restless leg syndrome.

Reduced Muscle Aches and Spasms
Since calcium causes muscle contraction and magnesium causes relaxation, when your calcium levels are too high and your magnesium levels are too low, you can get sustained muscle contraction, causing aches, twitching, and spasms. Proper amounts of magnesium will relax the nervous system, easing pain and helping to eliminate muscle spasms and twitches.

Fewer Kidney Stones
One of magnesium’s many roles is to dissolve calcium and keep it from solidifying into crystals. When there is too much calcium in the kidneys and not enough magnesium to dissolve it, kidney stones can form.

Lowered Blood Pressure
Most of our body’s magnesium is found in the heart because it is extremely important for heart health, and magnesium and calcium work together to maintain proper blood pressure. With insufficient magnesium, calcium will cause prolonged contraction of the muscles in the blood vessels, causing constriction and spasms, which elevates your blood pressure. Magnesium relaxes and opens up the muscles in the blood vessels, lowering blood pressure.

Relief from Migraine Headaches

Magnesium’s ability to relax and dilate the blood vessels also helps relieve the blood vessel spasms that lead to migraine headaches. Magnesium also releases pain-reducing hormones to fight migraine pain.

Relief from PMS Symptoms
The reason why most of us crave chocolate when we are premenstrual is because magnesium levels dip during this time of the month, and chocolate contains high amounts of magnesium (YES!). Getting your magnesium levels up will ease headaches and muscle aches, low blood sugar, and irritability.

Reduced Inflammation

Calcium overload is one of the main causes of inflammation in the body. Magnesium neutralizes calcium, reducing your levels of inflammation.

Because I like to keep these posts short and sweet, this is definitely not an exhaustive list of the many benefits of magnesium. Magnesium has also been proven to be beneficial for diabetes, heart conditions, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, asthma, depression, and more.

  If you would like more information, I’d highly recommend that you read “The Magnesium Miracle” by magnesium expert Dr. Carolyn Dean.

In my next post, I will talk to you about magnesium testing, the best magnesium supplements, and optimum magnesium levels.

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Introducing Restylane Refyne and Defyne!

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We are so excited because U. Med Spa is now offering Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne!  Refyne and Defyne are incredibly unique facial fillers made of flexible hyaluronic acid.

Flexible hyaluronic acid allows Refyne and Defyne to bend or “flex” as you smile and make facial expressions, creating soft and incredibly natural-looking results.

Refyne and Defyne are best for filling in laugh lines and nasolabial folds (the parentheses marks on each side of the nose) because they won’t restrict your natural facial movements and expressions.

Refyne is a thinner product and is best filling in moderate lines, while Defyne is a thicker, sturdier product, so it is used to treat deep lines.

For a limited time, U. Med Spa is offering Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne for only $575 per syringe, regularly $650.

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Restylane Refyne

Restylane Defyne

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It’s Injectable Week at U. Med Spa: $199 per area Botox, Dysport, & Xeomin!

U. Med Spa Injectable WeekSay goodbye to lines and wrinkles because it’s Injectable Week at U. Med Spa!  YES!!! All of our wrinkle relaxers are only $199 per area until Saturday, May 20th.

One Area Equals:
50 units of Dysport, 20 units of Botox, or 20 units of Xeomin

Dysport is our favorite wrinkle relaxer because Dysport lasts the longest and goes the farthest. Dysport spreads more than Botox and Xeomin, making it ideal for treating larger areas like the forehead.

Botox is the classic wrinkle relaxer that started it all.  Botox relaxes facial lines and wrinkles and lasts about 3 months.

Xeomin is the wrinkle relaxer that offers the fastest results and contains zero additives, making you less likely to become resistant.

Injectable week specials can be purchased online, by phone, or in store from now until this Saturday, May 20th and you can use your wrinkle relaxers whenever you like!

Purchase online below or give us a call at 972.943.8633

$199 per area Dysport
$199 per area Botox
$199 per area Xeomin

Give us a call at 972.943.UMED (8633) to book your next appointment or schedule a free consultation.

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