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November 29, 2011

The Ongoing Quest to Combat Aging – Balance Spa New Orleans LA

Filed under: Nutrition — Balance Spa @ 7:00 pm

Spa New Orleans LA – As with so many things involving technology, the push to forestall aging is in the midst of a renaissance. At one end of the scale we have the likes of Aubrey De Grey, life-extension theorist, who is convinced that we are close to halting aging entirely as advances in technology begin to allow us to basically replace anything that goes bad in the body. On the other side of this debate are those who argue that aging is pre-programmed such that no intervention will keep the ‘animal’ alive indefinitely. The debate goes on.

For the moment, the miracle of interrupting the biological clock is still science fiction, however foreseeable the promise of immortality. And for the meantime we mere mortals must resort to more primitive means like food to slow the aging process. Yet, within this present reality of supplements and superfoods, there are many bizarre options. It’s both confusing and exciting. Who would have guessed that chocolate would become a sought after health food for its antioxidant content? And what about fish oil? There’s something fishy about fish oil. It was just a few generations back that children were being force-fed the stuff for their own good. Now, thanks to the gel cap, we can self-administer our Omega 3s and forego the pain. We’re still being told it’s good for us, though.

For the moment, the quest to combat aging, for both Balance LA and our society, is still very much with us. Fads come and go, yet there’s something recurrent about most of them. Fish oil, for sure. And nuts and berries, part of the hunter-and-gatherer diet (aka, Paleolithic Diet). Even eating food raw has become au currant. Meanwhile, we’re still being urged to eat our greens, except we’re getting more intense about it? It used to be enough to eat spinach and broccoli and green beans. Now, for added anti-aging effect, we need to eat things like kale, blue-green algae and wheat grass juice to keep healthy and combat aging.

Now there’s even a dietary school which favors near starvation as the path to longevity. The science suggests that test animals add an additional one-third to their life cycle with reduced food intake. Living past one hundred may be cool, but severe calorie restriction is a pretty high price to pay.

We live in paradoxical times. Science is showing us how to identify and isolate specific aspects of foods that seem to hold promise in targeting age-related issues. Stem cell research is taking us into other futuristic territory. Meanwhile, we are reaching back into history and even prehistory to find a way to maximize health and combat aging. Even with such resourcefulness the mystery of aging remains, but for how long we can only wonder.

 

 

 

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November 22, 2011

Fall/winter drinks to combat aging – Balance Spa New Orleans LA

Filed under: Nutrition — Balance Spa @ 7:00 pm

spa New Orleans LABalance LA – The fall and winter holidays are by design a time for comfort and indulgence, and thus can set us back from our goals to maintain fitness to combat aging. Some of us have fairly good control over our diet during non-holiday periods and then lose it as the holiday arrives. So how do we deal with such a situation, maintain our composure, and prevent lapsing into bad eating habits and make us feel, well, blah.

Rather than look to the food you eat at meal time, and risk messing with holiday tradition, consider focusing on what happens between meals. In particular, consider adding healthy in-between meal drinks that promote digestion, and keep your temptation for over-indulgence in check.

Balance would like you to consider a couple of possibilities to help you combat aging and keep you feeling energized rather than lethargic through the fall and winter holidays.

African Red Rooibos

This African tea has a rich red color and a slightly sweet and nutty flavor. Fruit added by some producers may give it a pleasant tartness. It is naturally caffeine free, contains antimutagenic and antioxidant properties which, though not conclusive, may retard the aging process, and is low in tannins. [https://www.blueshieldca.com/hw/articles/hw_article.jsp?articleId=HWHN-3938007&fromCategoryId=33&_requestid=674743] Historically, this drink has been popular in South Africa. It is becoming increasingly popular in North America and around the world. Rooibos tea has a light consistency and a full, uniquely pleasant taste. Enjoy.

Green Tea

This tea of course has a long history in East Asia and is widely acknowledged around the world for its health benefits.  Preliminary research suggests that green tea may play a role in bringing down LDL cholesterol, reducing the risk of some cancers, improving fat burning potential and alleviating depression. [http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART03092/My-Life-With-Tea-Part-One.html] It does contain caffeine.
While consuming drinks like tea that have healing potential makes sense, employing a strategy to maintain a healthy diet regimen through the holidays makes sense too, helping you keep the balance necessary to keep healthy and combat the effects of aging.

Happy Holidays from New Orleans LA!

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November 6, 2011

The Spa is not just for women anymore – Balance New Orleans Spa (PART 2)

Filed under: News — Balance Spa @ 7:00 pm

(Read:  The Spa is not just for women anymore – Balance LA (Part 1) here)

Men (and women) understand implicitly that being confident and relaxed and comfortable in their own body accentuates their appeal to others. New Orleans spaThe people around them respond positively to such calm and confidence. Consider what New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath said about the subject. “When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.” At Balance , a variety of services are available to bring out the best in you.

So, are some services more appropriate for men than others? Is there a line to draw? The fact of the matter is that any line being drawn is in a constant state of flux, so this is hard to determine. Some men may decline some treatments, just as women do. However, massage, manicures, foot baths, among many other treatments, can enhance appearance and rejuvenate the body and spirit. At Balance New Orleans Spa, we put you at ease as we maximize the benefits of each service offered.

The new millennium brings a great deal of latitude toward men’s self-expression. There is greater tolerance available today for men to take control of their self-image and the spa represents one avenue of this trend, but a very significant one, for it influences both outer and inner wellbeing.

It’s true that spas still serve primarily women clientele, but according to the International Spa Association, forty-five percent of spas now include packages targeting men. [http://www.experienceispa.com/articles/index.cfm?action=view&articleID=390&sectionID=4]. This is a trend that will continue, and we are now witnessing an age in which the spa treatment is an act of empowerment, not only for women, but for men as well. Balance New Orleans Spa welcomes you.

(Read: The Spa is not just for women anymore – Balance (Part 1) here)

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October 31, 2011

The Spa is not just for women anymore – Balance Spa New Orleans LA (Part 1)

Filed under: News — Balance Spa @ 5:14 pm

Spa New Orleans LAFor modern-day ‘Princes of Denmark,’ the question of whether to exist or not (i.e., “to be or not to be”) has been decided. Men have arrived, and they are here to stay. A new question of the moment has arisen, though, and it confronts men head on: to spa or not to spa? It’s a question that ordinary men of previous generations could somehow avoid, but no more. At Balance LA, you or a man you know can address this question and, yes, even enjoy the process.

It would seem that a number of concerns could arise when mixing men and spa treatments, chief among them being the issue of masculinity. In recent history, the popular culture buttressed itself against such potential threats to manliness by mixing equal parts spa treatment luxuriousness with action hero dominance. James Bond can have his spa treatment just so long as his moment of relaxation can be interrupted by the need to dispatch an enemy. Bruce Lee faced similar situations. Yet, in fact, these scenes come out of a previous era, and the reality on the ground today is that men are less inclined to link the spa treatment with a bad form of vulnerability, and are increasingly opening up to the idea that their sex appeal and charisma are enhanced, not diminished, with a trip to the spa. Consider a treatment for a man you care about at New Orleans LAand see for yourself.

Continued (The Spa is not just for women anymore – Balance (Part 2))

 

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April 11, 2011

Benefits of a Facial at Balance Spa New Orleans LA

Filed under: Health,Services,Why Balance Spa New Orleans — Balance Spa @ 1:05 pm

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Not sure about getting a facial at Balance ? Many of us believe that getting a facial is a luxury we simply can’t afford, an activity engaged in only by the rich and famous, or simply unnecessary since most of us wash our faces every day. However, treating yourself to a spa facial from Balance Spa New Orleans LA on a regular basis has many benefits you really shouldn’t deprive yourself of.

The following are just a few of the benefits you can expect when you get a facial New Orleans LA:

•    Evaluation of your skin type: Before the facial begins, the skin care specialist or esthetician from Balance Spa New Orleans LA will evaluate your skin type to determine the correct skin care products to use and the appropriate procedures to apply.  Many estheticians will encourage you to bring in the products you use at home in order to determine if they are the ones you should be using and recommend products that match your skin type.

•    Deep cleanse. You may think you’re giving your face an adequate cleanse at home, but a facial from Balance Spa New Orleans LA is designed to penetrate deeply into the pores to unclog them and remove blackheads, as well as ground-in dirt and bacteria that a regular washing often misses.  The skin is also exfoliated to remove dead cells that have accumulated, leaving your skin soft, smooth, and glowing. This exfoliation and deep cleansing boosts cell metabolism, improves circulation, and prevents premature aging of the skin.

•    Stress reduction.  Getting a facial at Balance Spa New Orleans LA is quite a relaxing experience, especially when done in a serene spa setting. In addition to cleansing your face, the esthetician will massage your face, neck, and shoulders in order to loosen tense muscles, a leading cause of tension headaches.

Getting a facial at Balance Spa New Orleans LA is not only a vital component of good skin hygiene but an excellent way to give yourself the pampering you deserve. Both men and women can benefit from Balance Spa New Orleans LA ‘s facials, and they are an excellent means of teaching young people all about skin care.

Call to schedule your facial at Balance Spa New Orleans LA!

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