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October 2015 update from Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic 
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What's to come in this issue.....
  • Article by Naturopath Lina Capovilla on a natural approach to the dreaded hay fever season
  • Delicious Egg Breakfast Salad Recipe
  • October Product Specials - infrared sauna packages and discounts off hay fever and allergy support products.


 
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 Article by Lina Capovilla 
Spring is in the air, new buds are forming on the trees, the weather is improving and nature is starting to wake up with the wonder and rebirth of Spring! Whilst many of us love this time of year, with the warmer weather, sunshine and the promise of new beginnings, HAY FEVER sufferers dread it!
 
There is nothing worse than the itching, sore red eyes, stuffed up head, sneezing, runny nose and itchy skin, which can often plague so many people at this time of year. These symptoms can leave you feeling miserable, tired, irritable and depressed.
 
Whilst some people experience these symptoms all year, Spring usually aggravates them or brings them on for those who only experience them at this time of year.
 
Hay fever or allergic rhinitis is an allergic, hyperactive response of the immune system to certain foreign substances including pollen, dust, animal hair, fungus, moulds and foods. The hyper-allergenic response of the immune system results in the release of histamine.
 
Conventional medicine treatments including anti-histamines, treat the symptoms only. They function by suppressing the immune system so that you don’t get that hypersensitive response, however they don’t ever address the cause, leaving you to continue to experience the same symptoms year after year or all the time for those unfortunate individuals who experience these symptoms all year.
 
 

So what can we do about it? 
Poor nutrition is often a major contributor to allergic rhinitis as a good diet is essential to support the optimal functioning of your adrenal glands, immune system and digestion. People who are allergic to airborne allergens are often also sensitive to other foods.
 
Decreasing your consumption of common dietary antigens (which are foods which are known to cause allergies), such as wheat and diary foods, highly refined foods, stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol and sugar, can go a long way in reducing your symptoms. Diary is also mucous forming, further contributing to your symptoms. Reducing your consumption of saturated fats can also improve your immune function. Avoiding these helps to reduce the over stimulation of your immune system (which contributes to hypersensitivity conditions) and the toxic build up in your body.
 
Common dietary and lifestyle choices can increase your sensitivity to hayfever, so following some basic advice can substantially help you reduce your duration and severity of your symptoms.
 
Drink at least 1.5 to 2 litres of water a day to support healthy elimination of stored toxins from the body, which exacerbate symptoms.
Ensuring you have a fresh balanced whole food diet with plenty of fresh (preferably organic) fruit and vegetables, is the most important foundation.  This will ensure that you are getting all the essential nutrients to support healthy immune function.
 
Utilise the pharmacy in our kitchen! Include foods in your diet like: dark green leafy vegetables, deep yellow and orange vegetables, cabbage, beets, carrots, yams, onion, garlic, ginger, cayenne, and horseradish. 

Unbeknownst to most of us, nature has given us the most amazing collection of medicines that most of us have in our kitchen all the time. Ginger is a antimicrobial, anti fungal and a powerful anti-inflammatory which is known to strengthen the immune system. It also works like an expectorant, helping to break up all that mucous which makes us feel like we have cotton wool in our head or a rock on our chest. Garlic, another of nature’s amazing foods, is also anti-inflammatory and helps clear congestion. Add ginger and garlic to your cooking to give your immunity a boost!

We all know that Vitamin C is important for our immune system but it’s also a powerful antioxidant and an antihistamine. It also helps to eliminate excess histamine from our system which is one of the major culprit’s for our symptoms. Eat lots of kiwi fruits and citrus fruits which are all high in vitamin C. Help is at hand!

So try some of these tips and you’ll find that Spring will be a far more welcome season in the future.
There is so much you can do NATURALLY to support your body to cope with the onslaught of Spring, to reduce and in some cases even resolve your hay fever symptoms.

For further information on how natural therapies can assist with your health complaints or concerns please contact us at the clinic on 9686 2566 or info@melbournenaturalmedicine.com.au. 
 

 
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Egg, Shallot & Dill

Breakfast Salad

This salad really can be enjoyed for any meal, however we think it makes the perfect spring breakfast salad. Prepare everything the night before and your morning will be a breeze. 

Ingredients
4 eggs
2 shallots, thinly sliced
2 tbsp aioli *or alternative (see below)
1 tbsp coarsley chopped dill
1 tbsp capers
2 tsp lemon juice, or to taste
pepper and salt, to taste
To serve: pickles (dill pickles or better yet sauerkraut)

Method
Cook eggs in a saucepan of boiling water until just hard boiled (7-8 minutes depending on the size and freshness of the eggs). Drain, refresh in iced water, peel and coarsely chop. Tip - boiled eggs are easier to peel and chop when they are cold.

Combine with all remaining ingredients, season to taste with freshly cracked pepper and salt flakes and mix well. 

Serve with toasted sourdough, seeded rye bread or on a bed of fresh baby spinach topped with sauerkraut

*Some great alternatives for the aioli include homemade egg or cashew mayo, avocado, tahini and lemon dressing.  

Serves 2
*Recipe inspiration from The Gourmet Traveler
 
For more recipes like this make sure you check out the recipes section on our website.


Special Offers


*Extended Offer*
Detox Box Package 
(infrared sauna) 
Purchase a package of 6 session and only pay for 4
Was $240 - Now $160
*Conditions apply




Hay fever and allergy support products - 20% off for the month of October!
*Conditions apply


 
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