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August 2014 update from the Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic team
"Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage."    
- Okakura Kakuzō

 
Here we are on the final month of Winter, hopefully Spring will be kind to us with some warmer longer days... We may need to be patient for this to happen though knowing Melbourne weather! 
 
Lots of exciting things are happening at the clinic - we are now stocking organic teas to help with a wide variety of ailments including menopause, digestion, immunity, breast feeding and morning sickness. So feel free to enjoy a lovely cup (or two!) of warm tea that we have on offer while you are visiting our clinic. 

Nothing quite compares to the perfect cup of tea - when you are cold, tea warms you up! Too warm? Tea will help you cool down! It's also a great way to easily get some magnificent herbs into your body. With so many herbal teas on the market, it is important to ensure that you are selecting a product that is subject to sustainable farming and is free from chemicals and pesticides. Choosing organic tea is important - It's better for the planet and better for the tea drinker!

Because we are big believers in food as medicine we are also stocking a range of medicinal foods to save you running around town trying to find what your Naturopath has prescribed. We have chia seeds and chia bran to help with achieving a healthy omega status, coconut oil, black molasses (great for vegetarians who need iron), tahini (great calcium source), flax, nut butters and concentrated organic apple cider vinegar to aid digestion (a shot taken 15 minutes before a meal in water assists digestion). 
 
We are also stocking water bottles that do not contain any nasty hormone disruptors (BPA and Aluminium free). We are also catering for the little ones with Safe baby bottles also free from the typical nasties in most baby bottles.
 
So speak to reception or one of our friendly Naturopaths to find out what suits you and your family's needs.


Would you like $30 off your next supplement purchase?

It's simple! All you need to do is refer a new client to the clinic. After they have had their initial consultation with one of our naturopaths, we will post you a $30 supplement voucher! You can either present the voucher next time you are in the clinic or mention it when placing a phone order and the lovely girls at reception will deduct it off your account. 



Hellenic Republic's Cypriot grain salad
Here is a great nutrient rich salad to make
 in bulk on a Sunday to get you through the working week, adapted from Good Food. Featuring freekah, a young green wheat that has been roasted and cracked, this tasty lunch option is great for you!

Feeling adventurous? How about substituting freekah for farro! Farro contains more than twice the protein and fibre of modern wheat and each grain packs a nutritious punch! Not only is it rich in magnesium, niacin, zinc and iron, farro also provides a complete protein source when combined with legumes. Farro has a low gluten content with more fragile gluten molecules than those of modern wheat, making it easier to digest.

*If wanting a gluten-free alternative, substitute freekah for rice or quinoa. 

Ingredients:
1 bunch coriander, chopped
1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1 cup freekah (or farro, quinoa etc)
1/2 cup of Puy lentils
2 tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons slivered almonds
2 tablespoons of baby capers
1/2 cup currants 
Juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt to taste
1 pomegranate, deseeded, to serve

Dressing:
1 cup thick Greek yoghurt
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, roasted and ground
1 tablespoon of honey

Method:

1. Blanch freekah and lentils separately in boiling water until both just cooked.
 
2. Drain well and allow to cool.
3. Mix the yoghurt, ground cumin and honey until combined.
4. In a medium bowl, place the coriander, parsley, red onion, freekah, lentils, toasted nuts, capers, currants, lemon juice and olive oil. Mix well and season to taste.
5. Place into serving dish and top with cumin yoghurt and pomegranate seeds.


Stress -
A Modern Epidemic

Our modern lifestyles may be contributing to many health complaints commonly seen today. Many of us experience some form of stress; 9 out of 10 Australians report being stressed and 41% of people feel they experience unhealthy levels of stress.

Stress and the body’s response to it can affect people in different ways. Small amounts of stress that are easily resolved can help to keep us motivated and achieve our goals. The difference with long term or chronic stress is that it can affect the whole body in a negative way.

Looking for the 'Off' Button
Stress can affect each of us differently. Perhaps you are suffering from anxiety, feeling worried, depressed or irritable; even feeling exhausted and overwhelmed can indicate you are under stress. As well as affecting your ability to cope, stress may also be causing a disruption to your health.

When under stress for a length of time, you may be more susceptible to tension headaches, high blood pressure, frequent colds and flus, digestive disorders or a worsening of an existing condition. So you can see, there are many reasons why it is so important to manage your stress now, before it starts impacting your health and well-being.

How Resilience Begins
Some people seem to deal with stress better than others. That doesn't mean that the rest of us need to continue suffering. The ability to increase your resilience to stress is something that can be learned and helped with key supplements, combining specific ingredients to support your body’s individual stress response system.

Dis-Stressed to De-Stressed
Go from ‘dis-stressed’ to ‘de-stressed’ with the help of some lifestyle changes:

Exercise: Daily movement is essential for brain health. Aerobic exercise including running, swimming or walking is proven to decrease stress hormones.

- Favourite pastime: create time for YOU! Do something that you love, like listening to music, enjoying a candle lit bath, watching a movie, or starting a creative project – these fun activities can help you become more tolerant of everyday stress.

- Eat seasonally, fresh and organic as much as possible. Include protein at every meal with a variety of fruit and vegetables.

- Include good fats such as omega 3's from fish, nuts and seeds, and olive oil to help with brain health and mood regulation.

- Drink plenty of water, a minimum of eight glasses per day and avoid excessive alcohol, caffeine, sugar and salt.
 
Our modern lifestyle is inescapable. The stress of it however, is manageable. You can become more resilient to the symptoms and long term effects of stress through the aid of individualised lifestyle and dietary changes, together with key natural medicines as recommended by your Practitioner. 

 
For more information on how we can help you manage stress, book in for a consultation with one of our practitioners today!

The Downside of Winter

During the cold and windy winter months, moisture evaporates readily through the skin.

If your skin appears dull and lacks radiance or feels tight it is likely that it is dehydrated.

The first tell-tale signs of moisture depletion are the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles due to loss of elasticity and flexibility.

If we do not have adequate hydration our skin then has very little protection against environmental ravages and will result in a loss of cellular integrity and further skin damage and the onset of premature ageing.

To help combat dehydrated skin that can occur during the winter months, Mukti have available a range of products.


A gentle foaming and cleansing gel, Mukti's Pink Grapefruit Body Lotion leaves the skin feeling silky smooth and lightly moisturised. It's suitable for babies an children, and can also be used as a bubble bath!

The Pink Grapefruit Body Lotion also assists by putting moisture back in after you wash your skin. It's a non-greasy moisturising treatment that hydrates, nourishes and protects. It's suitable for the whole body and is safe to use on children and babies.


SPECIAL:
Purchase in August
to receive

15% off

Pink Grapefruit Body Lotion 
(was $49.95 now $42.45)
&
Pink Grapefruit Body Wash!

(was $34.95 now $29.70)


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