March 2014 update from the Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic team
I love the change of season, Summer into Autumn - it's my favourite time of year! I can still have my green smoothies every morning and catch enough light at the end of the day for an evening run or walk.
We are a quarter of the way through the year and it’s a time for putting to task the goals you had envisioned for yourself for 2014! No more procrastinating, give yourself a little push and get those goals back on track while there is still time. Start making the changes you know are right for you! MNMC is here ready when you are.
If you need some advice or assistance to get started, such as a chiropractic adjustment with our amazing Dr Leesa Payne (personally I seek her touch regularly to keep me balanced and focused) or you need one of our expert Naturopaths to guide your diet and supplements in the right direction we are here for you!
“Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”  ~Edward Stanley
Yours in health and happiness,
Angela Smith
Director and Naturopath

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Protein -
Are we eating enough?

Our standard western diet is very different today to what is was 10,000 years ago.

What we would have been eating back then was a diet predominantly made up of lean meat such as wild game ( birds, reptiles and animals), fish and shellfish. As well as plants, seeds, nuts and root vegetables. Not only that, the energy we would have had to spend to catch or forage for that food was enormous. We would have eaten seasonally, organically and there were periods of feast and famine.
Our genetic ancestors didn't have access to bread, biscuits and cakes. We did start growing grains such as old forms of wheat, corn, millet and rice but it was not until the mechanisation of farming in the mid 1700's. People had to work less strenuously for their food. This trend has continued exponentially, so that today we barely need to lift a finger to fill our stomachs.
Our bodies really haven't caught up. Evolution is a very slow process... We really don't suit the diet we eat today. As a Naturopath, I see so many people who are suffering significant illness as a direct result of their diet. So many people eat a diet that is too high in refined carbohydrates and it is deeply affecting their health.
For example, there is a vast difference in the amount of protein in a typical breakfast today (cereal with low fat milk = 8 - 10 grams of protein) compared to a more traditional breakfast of protein and plant foods (2 eggs, some mushrooms, avocado, spinach and tomatoes = 20 - 25 grams of protein).
If you don't eat again until lunch time, and you have only eaten the cereal for breakfast, you will start to feel tired, foggy in the brain and maybe even grumpy. You may start to crave stimulants such as coffee or sugar to get you back up to the top of the roller-coaster. Your body releases adrenalin to give you the energy you need to function until your next meal.
The long term effects of stress hormones such as adrenalin on our bodies range from things like indigestion and insomnia, all the way through to lowered immunity, lowered cognitive function, cardiovascular disease, depression, anxiety, hormonal imbalances and infertility.
The best thing we can do to avoid these side-effects is to eat a diet that includes good quality proteins at every meal. We should try to eat our best meals at the beginning and middle parts of our day, and not over-load our digestive systems before we go to bed.
Try incorporating this philosophy into your daily diet and you will feel more energetic, more focussed and better able to cope with stressful situations when they do occur…..
For more information book in now with Heidi or your regular practitioner and see how we can help you!

Natural Hair Care Tips

The Clinic is proud to stock the Mukti Organic Hair Care range. Here are some natural hair care tips, thanks to our lovely friends at Mukti!

Dry Hair Treatment
To add some moisture and shine to your locks:

Mash 1 avocado, add 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of Mukti Botanique Conditioner. Apply the mix to pre-shampooed hair. Leave it in for 30 minutes then rinse out.

Scrunch Spray
To give your hair that beach look, boil the kettle and pour a cup of hot water in a glass jar (be careful - it will be hot!)
Let this stand for 5 minutes..

Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts, half a teaspoon of sea or Himalayan salt, 1 tablespoon of Mukti Botanique Conditioner, 1 teaspoon of Mukti Aloe Vera Moisturiser and 1 teaspoon of vodka (for preservation!)

Shake the jar vigorously until well combined. We'd suggest keeping the mix in a spray bottle (for easier application) and store in the fridge (to prolong shelf life).
As the scalp is the most absorbent area of the body (due to all the hair follicles), it is important to consider using natural substances when washing your hair. Many shampoos and conditioners contain a plethora of chemicals - these are not good for your body or the environment!

 Mukti products are certified with the Organic Food Chain in Australia and are formulated based on the principles of cosmetic chemistry, aromatherapy, herbalism and organics. They are
100% Australian made and owned.

Purchase in March
to receive
10% off
Botanique Shampoo and Botanique Conditioner (500 ml bottles)

Purchase both products for $62.95 
instead of $69.90!!

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