April 2014 update from the Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic team

Healthy Easter...

Do these two words even go together? With all the hot cross buns and Easter eggs everywhere in the shops it can be quite challenging to stick to our usual healthy routines. A little indulgence over the Easter period is ok (it's near impossible not to do!) but be clever about how you do it.

Catching up with family or friends? Take a non-chocolate alternative - by dessert time many people will be wanting something refreshing and a seasonal fruit salad is always a crowd-pleaser. Melons, Valencia oranges, grapes and strawberries are shortly going out of season so enjoy them while they're at their best! And of course Good Friday is the perfect time to indulge with some lovely seafood and salad or veggies (depending on the weather).

Keep an eye on our Facebook page to see a variety of healthy recipes, or if you are craving a chocolate hit, try these delicious Goji and Maca Raw Chocolate Easter Eggs (pictured below) from The Happy Parent Project.

Going away for the long weekends?
For those of you who are lucky enough to be going away over the upcoming long weekends, please order your top up of supplements prior to 3pm on Wednesday 16th April and Wednesday 23rd April. Simply call our friendly reception team to organise delivery!

Appointments prior to Easter 
The Clinic is getting busy leading into Easter and ANZAC Day long weekend - to ensure that you are able to book an appointment and avoid disappointment, please contact the clinic on (03) 9686 2566. Places are filling quick so hop (haha) to it!

Easteand ANZAC Day weekend trading hours
The clinic will be closed from Good Friday (18th April) - Easter Monday (21st April) and will reopen on Tuesday 22nd April at 8.30am. We will also be closed on ANZAC Day (25th April) however we will be open on Saturday 26th April for naturopathic consultations and supplement purchases.

Our Easter present to you!
How's your back going? Needing a quick adjustment? For the month of April we are offering either
15% off your initial consultation or a free spinal assessment with our chiropractor Dr Leesa Payne. Simply mention this newsletter when making a booking with reception.
Magnificent Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential mineral that is used by the body in over 300 different biochemical processes. Because magnesium is so widely used, it is easy for it to become depleted.

Common signs of magnesium deficiency include:
- muscular cramps and spasms
- headaches
- eye twitches
- decreased resilience to stress

Magnesium comes in a wide variety of foods, from nuts and seeds, to leafy greens and grains. Include these nutrient-rich foods in your diet to support your magnesium status:

• Nuts and seeds - Raw almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, walnuts, pumpkin (pepitas) and sesame seeds. 
• Green leafy vegetables - Kale, silver beet and spinach.
• Whole grains - Quinoa, buckwheat and rye are not only high in magnesium, but other nutrients too.
• Dark chocolate - Feel like a treat? Raw cacoa is also high in magnesium and makes a great guilt free treat this Easter!

Magnesium deficiency is surprisingly more common than you may think. Magnesium can also be useful for our children too. If your child experiences symptoms such as cramps, spasms or restless legs they could also be deficient in magnesium.

While magnesium is critically important in the body, it also requires other vitamins and minerals to complement its function. Specific magnesium combinations are available to your Practitioner to help address your presenting symptoms. 

As you can see, magnesium really IS magnificent! If you are experiencing stress, muscle tension, fatigue or other signs associated with magnesium deficiency, it is time to top up! The right magnesium supplement, prescribed by your Practitioner, alongside simple dietary and lifestyle advice can help you replenish your magnesium reserves. Establishing good magnesium levels can help increase your vitality and wellness and maintain your health in the long-term.
For more information on magnesium deficiencies, book in for a consultation with one of our naturopaths today!

Good Friday Food

Grilled Thai Salmon
Serves 4

4 x 140g salmon fillets
2 tsp sunflower oil
Small knob of ginger, peeled and grated
1 mild red chilli, finely sliced
Bunch of spring onions, finely sliced
1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce (reduced salt if possible)
1/4 tsp sugar
Handful of coriander leaves, chopped

1.Turn on grill to high.
2. Place the fish in a shallow baking dish, then grill for 4-5 mins until cooked through, but still a little pink in the centre.

3. Cover and set aside.

4. Heat a wok, add the oil, then stir-fry the ginger, chilli and spring onions for 2-3 mins.

5. Stir in the soy, sugar and a splash of water, then take off the heat.

6. Throw in the coriander and serve immediately with the salmon. Delicious with rice or noodles!
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