July 2016 update from MNMC
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What's in this issue:

*Fighting Colds and Flu Naturally
*July Product Specials
*Help with getting a good night's sleep
*Vietnamese Style Chicken Soup (Pho)
There are some exciting changes happening at MNMC!

To do our part with helping the environment, we are becoming a
paperless clinic.

What does this mean? If you need a copy of your invoice, reception will offer to email this to you rather than print it. Over the next couple of months we will be moving all our files to a secure electronic system. 
Disease causing viruses or bacteria can enter your body simply by breathing or eating! Fortunately, only a few of these, particularly viral, ‘pathogens’ result in a cold or flu because you are equipped with an immune system specifically designed to fight off unwanted invaders. That said, are you one of the many people, for whom a string of colds and flu is a way of life in winter?

Perhaps getting rid of the seemingly endless sniffles, sneezing and sore throats seems like an unachievable ideal. Fortunately, it is possible to improve your immune system function and reduce the frequency and severity of those nasty winter lurgies with a bit of awareness and some simple strategies.

Prevention beats cure every time
If you are stressed out, unfit, run down and/or consuming a nutritionally poor diet, you are likely contributing to the demise of your immune systems defences and setting yourself up to succumb to one of the viruses floating around.

Therefore, preparing your immune system to withstand this winter’s lurgies begins with a few simple foundational strategies:
Reduce stress – being stressed reduces immune system function, so make sure you incorporate regular time-out, meditation and/or ‘green’ time, such as walking outdoors or playing with pets;
Enjoy regular exercise - remaining active reduces the risk of contracting a cold by up to 46%;
Sleep – aim for 7 to 8 hours each night to restore energy and increase resilience;
Eat your veggies (and fruits!) – at least three cups of fresh vegetables and/or salad, plus two serves of fresh fruit every day! Fill your plate with a rainbow of colour to ensure an abundance of essential nutrients and antioxidants that will help support healthy immune system cells; and
Regularly wash your hands – simple soap and warm water helps reduce cross-contamination with unwell people.

Nevertheless, although being prepared is the best strategy – realistically it may be difficult to achieve everything you are ‘meant’ to do, which is where your Practitioner can help. With access to natural medicines and treatment programs; creating an individualised prescription for your needs can make a lasting difference to your health and vitality.

Healthy gut - healthy immune system!
Did you know that approximately 70% of your immune system is located in your digestive system? This emphasises how important it is to also look after your gut health. Many people are aware that certain probiotics can support digestion, but did you know there are specific probiotics that support a healthy immune system? As a healthy immune system is supported by the right microbial balance in your gut, speak to your Practitioner about which probiotic combination is the most appropriate, to help overcome your immune system concerns.

No need to hibernate
There’s no need to experience ongoing or recurrent illness this winter, or hide away at home on the couch. Start by modifying what needs to change in your diet and lifestyle, and speak to your Practitioner about specific strategies to help support a healthy and resilient immune system and avoid any winter worries.



July Product Specials

MNMC have developed a special immune herb mix that is safe for the whole family to use. It contains immune boosting herbs (olive leaf, echinacea, thyme and andrographis) which helps support the bodies defences and fight off nasty colds! 

If you are one of those people that experiences recurrent infections then your immune system could benefit from some more specific additional support. The advantage of natural medicine is that it not only relieves the symptoms of cold and flu, but also improves the bodies own innate immunity. A better functioning immune system means infections are shorter, not as severe and less frequent.     

Buy 1 x 200ml bottle of
MNMC Immune Herb Mix
and receive another
bottle free!

A saving of $55!



EcoTan Cacao Firming Mousse
(1 hour self tan)

Introductory price of $29.95!
(save $5)

*Lightweight Self Tanning Mousse for Body & Face
*Cacao Firming Mousse delivers a luxurious deep bronze tan in one application
*Suitable for all skin tones
*Certified Organic coffee, blood orange, ginger & mandarin helps reduce appearance of cellulite and promotes smooth skin
*Blend of aloe vera, cacao, coffee, blood orange, ginger & mandarin
*Free from synthetic fragrances, artificial orange dyes, parabens & GMOs
*Made with natural & Organic ingredients Certified by the OFC under Australian Government Organic & Bio-Dynamic standards & requirements
Most of us would agree that there is nothing better than having a great night's sleep! However for some of us, getting to sleep (and staying asleep) is problematic.

Our team of practitioners can assist with helping you get to sleep, staying asleep and waking up feeling refreshed!

Book in to see one of our practitioners by contacting our reception team on (03) 9686 2566.

Winter is also known as cold and flu season! If you are feeling under the weather or want to boost your immunity so that you don't get struck down, book in to see your practitioner.

We have a great range of immune-boosting products to help babies, kids and adults with the aches, coughs and sinus congestion. Plus don't forget our immune herb mix special (see above).

Keep scrolling to see a delicious recipe for Vietnamese Style Chicken Noodle Soup (Pho).
Vietnamese Style Chicken Noodle Soup (Pho)
Recipe credit The Naturopaths Kitchen
A perfect cold winter's night meal! 
This recipe is a great way to sneak in a few extra servings of vegetables.
The inclusion of mint may also assist with calming digestive upsets, IBS and colic.
2 chicken breasts (free range, organic if possible)
6 cups chicken stock (can use organic pre-made stock or make your own)
4 zucchinis (peeled)
2 cloves of minced garlic (organic)
Ginger - 4 cm, finely chopped
Lemongrass - 1 chopped finely (white part only)
2 long red chillies chopped finely
3 shallots chopped on the diagonal
Baby Bok Choy - 3 bunches (or any other Asian greens)
2 tablespoons soy sauce (organic, gluten free)
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 bunch of mint
1 bunch of coriande

*Using your spiraliser (or mandoline slicer), push the zucchini through to make noodles and set aside.
*Use a little oil, place the garlic, ginger, chilli and lemongrass into the soup pan. Cook for a minute or so until fragrant.
*Add the stock and bring to a simmer.
*Add the whole chicken fillets and cover.
*Cook for 5 - 10 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
*Use a fork/tongs to pull the chicken into pieces.
*Place the zucchini noodles into a separate pan in boiling water, cook for a minute or two until just softened. Drain and set aside.
*To serve, place an even amount of zucchini noodles in each bowl.
*Use a slotted spoon to then add some chicken and bok choy to each of the bowls, then top each with the broth. Top with mint, coriander, extra shallots and chilli.
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