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August 2015 update from Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic 
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Wholistic Wellness
 


"Perfecting is not the goal of wholistic health, but rather healing of what can be healed, prevention of what can be prevented, and joy found in the fullness of life" - inspired by III John 1:2 and Jeremiah 30:17


 

What's to come in this issue....
  • MNMC Weight Loss Program 

  • A great article on why stress is bad for us

  • Our amazing Chiro, NET and Kinesiologist FREE assessment offer

  • Yummy and healthy 'Nutella' recipe for kids young and old 

  • 10% off Kids Products


 
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Weight Loss Program...

August means Summer is only 4 months away. So it's the perfect time to get back into shape - find out more here.

 
 
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Why Stress Is So Bad For Us!

 



Article by Dr Leesa Payne 
 

What’s all the stress about stress?

Everywhere you look lately, there are articles about stress and how to avoid it.  So why is everyone so stressed about stress?  Simple - too much stress can have a negative impact on our health and our life. 

When we think of ‘stress’ we often only think about emotional stress – work, family, money – but it is important to remember that physical stress and biochemical stress also ha
ve an effect on our body.

When we are stressed, our body releases cortisol (the ‘stress’ hormone), which gets our body ready for ‘fight or flight’ – our natural reaction to a dangerous or stressful situation.  This release of cortisol is an important part of our body’s response system, and a perfectly natural and normal part of life.  The problem arises when cortisol is present in levels which are too high for too long, such as when we are placed under stress for extended periods of time.

Symptoms of excessive stress are different for every person, but can include problems sleeping, anxiety, anger or increased appetite (so called ‘comfort eating’). People who suffer from excessive stress may find they are worrying about things out of their control, or find that they lose their temper about little things that would not normally bother them.

As well as affecting your emotional wellbeing, overwhelming stress has negative effects on your physical health.  Stress has been found to worsen the effects of other medical conditions, such as asthma, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and fibromyalgia.

Long-term stress also suppresses the immune system, the digestive system and the reproductive system - meaning people who are chronically stressed may get sick more often, suffer more from digestive complaints or struggle with fertility.

Recent studies have found that how we think about stress can have as much of an impact as the stressful event itself – so how we react to stress in our lives may be the key to minimising its negative effects.

So what are 3 things you can do to change how you react to stress?

  1. Exercise.  Exercise helps to prevent the negative effects of chronic stress, increases levels of neurotransmitters in your brain and increases the rate of cellular repair.  In other words, exercise helps both your brain AND your body deal with stress.  Start small if you need to, even just 15 minutes of walking a day is a start!!
  2. Cut back on caffeine.  Too much caffeine when your body is already under excess stress will only compound the problem – affecting your sleep patterns and driving your adrenal glands to produce even more cortisol.  Try swapping a coffee or two for water or herbal tea during the day, and if you have trouble sleeping, avoid caffeinated drinks after 2pm.
  3. Ask for help.  If you are overwhelmed by stress and don’t know where to start, talk to your family, your friends, or your health professional about making a plan to get on top of your stress.
Leesa is offering a FREE 15 minute assessment.
When you book your initial at the time of this
assessment you will receive $10 off your initial consultation.
Limited places so book now 03 9686 2566. 

 
 

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Nutty Chocolate Spread
(aka healthy Nutella)


There seems to be a Nutella craze going around at the moment. It is one of those products that reminds us of our childhood, basically it is a fun and delicious treat however clever marketing has lead consumers to believe Nutella is healthier than it actually is - read more here

So here is a recipe for a healthy Nutella that is just as fun and just as (maybe even more) delicious! Enjoy x

Ingredients
450g raw macadamia nuts (you can also try hazelnuts or a combo of both) 
1/2 cup organic maple syrup (honey or brown rice syrup can also be used)
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla bean paste
Pinch of salt 
3 tablespoons of raw cacao

Method
Blend nuts in a high performance blender until smooth and creamy (this may take between 1-10 minutes depending on your blender). Add maple syrup (or alternative sweetener), vanilla, salt and cacao and blend for a further minute until well combined. Enjoy! This spread is delicious on slices of ripe fruit.

Store in a sterile glass jar in the fridge. 
 
*Recipe inspired by The Healthy Chef - Teresa Cutter.  

 

August Special Offer
10% off all Kids Products

 

Ranges include...
Kiwi Herb
Brauer
Metagenics
 

...and more

Each range has a great variety of products to assist with:
  • Gut care
  • Immune health
  • Calmness and concentration 
  • Coughs and sniffles 
  • General health and wellbeing
Speak with your practitioner to find out which products will suit your littlies best.  


 

 

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