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September 2016 update from Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic 
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New Website!

We are super excited to announce that our new website has launched. You will still find all of the same useful information about our services, diagnostic testing, conditions treated, and team of experts.

We have also added more recipes, blog articles, resources and useful information covering all areas of health and well being from the natural and wholistic perspective.



As always, if you want more information or are interested in booking a consultation, follow this link or contact us at the clinic on 03 9686 2566.

   
















 
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*Massage
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*Chiropractic care
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What's to come in this issue.....
  • Welcome Naturopath Amanda O'Dwyer to the clinic. Scroll down to see more information about Amanda including a recipe for her famous Zucchini, Olive and Rosemary Loaf!
  • An article on the signs of stress and how nutrients can assist.
  • September Product Specials - Rescue Remedy spray and Pana chocolate!

Have you checked out the page on our new website yet? We share a whole range of awesome fresh, easy and healthy recipes that the whole family will love. 
Welcome Naturopath Amanda O'Dwyer

We are very excited to welcome Amanda to the MNMC team. Amanda is an experienced Naturopath who is passionate about wholistic medicine, prevention and helping clients optimise their health. Amanda is particularly interested in stress, fatigue, digestive health, mental health, immune support and metabolic health.

Amanda is available Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Click the link to view Amanda's profile or contact us on 03 9686 2566 to find out more.


 
How Well Do You Handle Stress?

Life=Stress, Stress=Life
 
Living in this day and age, stress is a normal part of modern life. You will be exposed to some sort of stress every day, whether it’s waking up to an alarm, driving the car, paying bills, working, meeting deadlines – all of these can take their toll. Sometimes stress can be so overwhelming, it feels like it is taking over your life. Thankfully, the body has an amazing, protective stress response system to help you cope.
 
The stress response was historically designed to kick in to save your life; nowadays, your stress response is being activated every day rather than just when you come into contact with a hungry sabre tooth tiger! However, this ongoing activation by your nervous system can lead to symptoms of stress and mood disorders that are becoming increasingly common.
 
Recognising the Signs of Stress
Depending on the type of stress and how long you have been experiencing it, you may be familiar with some of these signs and symptoms that can occur in acute (short-term) stress or with ongoing stress.
 
Signs of acute stress:
  • Muscle tension
  • Increased heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Energy fluctuations
  • Alertness
  • Sleep disturbances
 
Signs of ongoing stress:
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Worrying
  • Sadness
  • Irritability
  • Poor concentration
  • Weight loss or gain
 
Getting the Right Tools
When you are under stress, your overworked stress response system requires even more nutrients than usual. This is because your body needs vitamins and minerals to produce the hormones and neurotransmitters (the brain’s messengers) required to adapt to the stress and bring the body back into balance.
  • B group vitamins: B vitamins are needed for healthy mood, motivation and well-being. They are vital for producing energy, as well as the neurotransmitters that promote happiness, relaxation and sleep. 
  • Magnesium: When you are stressed, your body may require more magnesium than normal. Magnesium can be beneficial for many things including managing stress and improving energy. You may also know that magnesium is used as a muscle relaxant. Due to its relaxing qualities, it may improve mood and sleep.
  • Taurine and glutamine: These amino acids are required as building blocks for your neurotransmitters. They can also help to calm the nervous system, as well as protect against the damage that stress can cause.
 
Setting Up the Foundations
Now that you know which nutrients can be great for use in times of stress, eating a nutritious diet can help you to maintain the health of your nerves long-term. What happens to your diet when you’re stressed? Do you eat a lot, or do you make poor food choices when short on time or patience?
 
• During times of stress, sugars and refined carbohydrates are a no no! While they provide quick energy, they do not fuel your body with nutrients it needs to cope with stress, and can ultimately lead to weight gain.
 
• Protein from fish, lean meats, eggs, legumes and nuts can provide you with amino acids to fuel your brain whilst sustaining you for longer, minimising those stress cravings.
 
• Fish, in particular, contains both protein and essential fats, otherwise known as omega-3 fatty acids which can support a healthy stress response and healthy mood.
 
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. 
 
Amanda's famous
Zuchinni, Olive & Rosemary Loaf 

This gluten-free and dairy-free loaf is the perfect savoury snack to share!

Ingredients:

4 eggs
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp. salt
2 medium size zucchinis
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
2 tsp gluten-free baking powder
1 tbsp. fresh rosemary
2 cloves of garlic
10 chopped olives
1 tsp. chilli flakes

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 170C degrees. 
2. Grate the zucchini.
3. Whisk the eggs and add the salt, vinegar, olive oil.
4. Add in the almond flour, buckwheat flour and baking powder to the egg mix.
5. Add in the chopped rosemary, olives, garlic and chilli flakes.
6. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown and knife comes out clean.
7. Serve warm or keep in fridge for a few days.
 
For more recipes like this make sure you check out the recipes section on our website.
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thinking, reassures.
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